90 year-old helps preemies

Irene Wilkin, 90, works with her church to knit clothes and blankets for premies. (Submitted photo)

Irene Wilkin, 90, works with her church to knit clothes and blankets for premies. (Submitted photo)

By James Feichtner

When it comes to generosity, Irene Wilkin of Fishers takes the cake. Nearly 20 years ago, Wilkin worked with her church to knit blankets and outfits for premature babies. After the project ended, she continued her efforts to knit.

“She just started doing it on her own just to help out hospitals because there are so many babies born premature and the mothers aren’t prepared,” said daughter Joy Wilkin. “They are just very grateful to get an outfit or bonnet or blanket and it means so much to them.”

Nearing 90, Irene works with another Fishers resident who uses a sewing machine to make dresses. Together the women have made over 300 garments, both refusing to take credit for their kind acts.

“They’re just so humble about it,” Joy said. “When the ladies at the hospital come to call them and thank them for it they say, ‘Oh no they don’t have to do that. We didn’t do it for that.’ They don’t need the recognition or anything and I think it’s just so sweet of them.”

I think in today’s world when things can seem so cold around us and people can seem so mean; these are just exceptional little women.

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