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It's been almost 30 years since Carolyn Knippers rocked her first baby at The Children's Center. It's been almost 30 years since Carolyn Knippers rocked her first baby at The Children's Center.
As a teacher, Alicia Dunnington knows the importance of the human touch and the sound of a loving voice. As a teacher, Alicia Dunnington knows the importance of the human touch and the sound of a loving voice.

By Kirsten McIntyre, NEWS 9

Alicia Dunnington and Carolyn Knippers are 50 years apart in age, but they share the same passion.

They're baby rockers at the Children's Center in Bethany, a hospital for children with severe medical and physical disabilities.

"The rockers provide a big benefit to these babies, cuddling, and stimulates them a great deal," said Andrea Gray with the hospital.

It's been almost 30 years since Knippers rocked her first baby at The Children's Center. Her pastor had preached a sermon on volunteering.

"I just kind of brushed it aside because I thought I couldn't take it emotionally," she said. "Then in a couple of weeks, he mentioned it again. I said ‘OK, Lord, you're talking to me,' and I've been here ever since.

As a teacher, Dunnington knows the importance of the human touch and the sound of a loving voice. 

"When they make eye contact with you it just makes your heart melt," Dunnington said. "It's like thank you - thank you for holding me. Just the sweetest heart, when they smile, that's a whole other story. It's incredible and I love it."

The Children's Center is always in need of more baby rockers. If you'd like to volunteer, it's only one hour a week. Call 789-6711 for more information.

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