Monday, July 26, 2010

Will you join me in helping to make a child smile?

Please consider joining me in making handmade pillow cases to be delivered to terminally ill children here in Long Beach. I (we) will be partnering with Craft Hope and ConKerr Cancer for this great project. Please click on the organization names above to learn more about how each are making a difference in the lives of others.

I will be accepting pillowcases until Sunday, September 12th and will be delivering them to Miller Children's Hospital Long Beach before the deadline of September 15th.


Click HERE to see how you can help make a difference in the life of a child.

Click HERE to link to an easy pillow case pattern.

Here's a little about ConKerr and how it was started:

“ConKerr Cancer: A Case for Smiles” was started when Ryan Kerr was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer at the age of twelve. Despite his illness - and many, many trips to the hospital - Ryan lived a full life of school, sports and friends. To make his hospital room cheerier, his mom Cindy began making fun, whimsical pillowcases to brighten up his day and put a smile on his face. Ryan liked them so much that Cindy started making pillowcases for the other children in the Oncology Unit. In a short time, the pillowcase project grew in amazing ways and has provided more than 210,000 pillowcases to sick children. Thousands of volunteers from across North America and South Africa have joined in so that ConKerr has more than 117 chapters serving over 170 hospitals.

ConKerr Cancer volunteers also visit oncology units and outpatient clinics in order to guide young patients as they learn to sew pillowcases for themselves, their family and their friends. Volunteers bring all that is required for the children to design and create the perfect masterpiece. Girls and boys, mothers, fathers and siblings, all join in for this fun distraction during one of the most stressful experiences of life. But the benefits go far beyond distraction. The activity boosts the children’s self esteem, confidence and sense of mastery. They are so proud of themselves when they see what they’ve made that they flash giant smiles of satisfaction!

ConKerr Cancer has been able to make wonderful progress towards fulfilling our goal of making hospital stays as pleasant as possible for chronically ill children and their parents. Simultaneously the pillowcase project has fostered a spirit of community and volunteer service in communities across North America. Unfortunately the number of sick children never ends, and we must continue to expand our efforts to help brighten sick children’s lives and raise awareness about childhood cancer.

We hope you will join us – we guarantee it will put a smile on your face too!

Please e-mail me (Nicole) directly at: with questions or to get additional information regarding dropping off your pillow case.


They call me Grammy! said...

Yes, count me in. I will start getting my fabric ready right away.

Scasmflops said...

I will commit to making some as well. I also know a few gals in our church that will probably jump in too.

ShellyLynn said...

I love the Craft Hope blog and was thinking of making one (some?). I will try to do so and give them to you! Would be a nice opportunity to finally meet you. :)

Heather at Blessed Little Nest said...

this is so wonderful! i'm going to forward your link to our contact at our local childrens hospital to find out if they participate in this program because i think they should!

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