Despite the cold weather, it was a beautiful day in a Pittsburgh neighborhood earlier this week on World Kindness Day.

That's where dozens of staff members at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital gathered around to sing as Joanne Rogers, Mr. Rogers' widow, walked into the lobby beaming.

CORNISH: In a small, quieter room, Mrs. Rogers was then introduced to six newborn babies, all of them in a special outfit.

CORNISH: In other words, those six newborn babies were dressed up as her late husband and Pittsburgh native Fred Rogers, better known to generations of preschoolers as Mr. Rogers.



CAITLIN PECHIN: It was just so sweet. And the first thing she did when I walked in was gave me a hug and a kiss on the cheek. And she's just one of the nicest ladies I've ever met.

CORNISH: Patty Genday is the chief nursing officer at Magee-Womens Hospital. She helped organize the event. She thinks Mr. Rogers would have been proud to see what happened. Genday says the resurgence of love for Mr. Rogers is a reminder to us of the good and kind people in the world.

PATTY GENDAY: Every day when we turn on the news, we may hear about another tragedy or something catastrophic that happened. And I think it's wonderful that there is this focus on this man that impacted so many lives as we were growing up and had such a positive influence of how we need to treat each other.

FRED ROGERS: Well, it's very important to look inside yourself and find that loving part of you because that's the part of you that allows you to love your neighbor. And your neighbor is anyone you happen to be with at any time of your life.

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F ROGERS: (Singing) It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor. Would you be mine? Could you be mine? It's a neighborly day in this beautywood (ph), a neighborly day for a beauty. Would you be mine? Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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