Though she was supposed to be a Thanksgiving baby, 3-day-old Lilah looked more like a special delivery from Santa tucked snugly inside a red and white felt stocking.
Lilah’s parents, Chad and Tiffany Harrop of Grapevine, were the first family of the season to receive a Christmas stocking handmade by volunteers at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford.
The volunteer auxiliary has been creating the keepsakes for late-November and December babies delivered at the Bedford hospital for more than 20 years.
“She looks like a little Christmas present,” Chad Harrop said as his wife, Tiffany, held the sleeping Lilah, who was born Nov. 19 and is the family’s third child.
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Volunteer Beverly Bradley and six other volunteers spent the past 11 months making 100 stockings for this year’s holiday deliveries. Bradley, of North Richland Hills, said her own grandson Stetson Cupp came home from Texas Health Resources HEB Hospital in one of the stockings 19 years ago.
“It’s really rewarding,” Bradley said about what has been her labor of love for the past six years. “I know they enjoy them because I did as a family.”
On Nov. 21, Women’s Center nurses and staff gathered to thank Bradley and the other volunteers — Glenda Nixon, Janice Gale, Pat Travis, Carolyn Boring and Becky Roper — who worked all year to make so many families’ time at the hospital even more memorable.
The hospital recently celebrated its 40th anniversary.
“We want to make the baby’s first Christmas very special. This is something personal from our wonderful auxiliary,” said Mary Lou Wilson, director of Women’s Services.