West Bridgewater seamstress makes dolls to give to hospitalized kids


WEST BRIDGEWATER —  Seamstress Beverly Bates has crafted and donated nearly 300 dolls since 2017.

It’s a goal she made for herself after she turned 90. Instead of receiving gifts, Bates wanted to be the one to give to children in hospitals. She planned to make one doll for every year she has been alive. 

“It gives me a reason to get out of bed,” said Bates, who is now 92. 

Beverly Bates, 92, of West Bridgewater, on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, has been sewing dolls to donate to children in area hospitals for years now.

This year she made at least 120 dolls — more than the 70 she was able to complete last year.

Bates said it is fun to sew throughout the day rather than watch television or do nothing. She said if all elderly ladies did something similar to what she does, it would make them happy.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Bates has mostly stayed home. She is at a higher risk from the virus due to her age and ongoing medical conditions, like cancer and infections.


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