Clay County grandmother crochets gifts for babies in Orange Park Medical Center’s NICU

Crocheting for kids

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. — Janet Goulet’s speedy fingers make up for all the movement she can’t make with her body.

The Clay County grandmother told Action News Jax before bad bones and joints made it almost impossible for her to get out of the house, she was always on the go and had a job.

She said now she spends most days stuck in a chair, crocheting to pass the time.

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Goulet found a way to put her skills to good use.

Every year from January to October, she creates gifts for sick babies in the NICU at Orange Park Medical Center.

“I just want them to know that somebody cares they have a sick baby,” she said.

Christmas 2019 was her 11th year donating – the fifth at OPMC.

Action News Jax reporter Beth Rousseau went with Goulet on her annual trip to drop off the donation just in time for Christmas.

“The world is hard enough and somebody, people just need to care,” Goulet said.

The delivery included baby booties, hats and blankets.

Julia Velazquez, the hospital’s director of children services, said the simple gift goes a long way with parents whose newborns might not make it home in time for the holidays.

“To the family, that someone is thinking about them makes the world of difference,” Velazquez said.

Goulet said what the families don’t know is how much they’re helping her.

“If I didn’t do this I could really get into deep depression, so, it’s really an honor to do this,” Goulet said.

Goulet said she hopes the families can feel every single stitch of love she puts into each blanket, hat and booty.