Sanford volunteers make socks for families with newborns

SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – While the holidays are already a time to celebrate, for families welcoming a new member this time of year, it’s even more special.

Selina and Tyler Ludolph spend some quality time with their newest family member – Seely.

To help welcome him, a volunteer from Sanford dropped off a special gift.

“It’s a beautiful and very thoughtful gift that volunteers think of babies and their mothers in the hospital, especially around Christmas,” said Mother Selina Ludolph.

Each year, volunteers from Sanford sew these socks for families with newborn babies. It is a tradition that has lasted for over 60 years.

“We’ve had a lot of photos with babies in their socks, and then when they get older and they’re 40, it’s just a great photo to look back and remember,” Volunteer Services Manager for Sanford Health Becca says Conner.

This year, volunteers have made just under 300 of the socks and have delivered 54 so far.

“It’s kind of a guessing game; we don’t really know how many babies are going to be born. We try to have more and we deliver from early December until our New Years baby, ”Conner said.

A holiday season that this family will not forget.

“We’re really excited to have another addition this Christmas, to have a new baby in the house,” Ludolph said.

Conner says that due to COVID, the volunteers made the socks at home.

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