To donate or request pillowcases for your charity, please contact RRQ!
Diane Stinson would like to thank everyone who has been participating in Project Pillowcases. Diane sends a big Thank You to the members who sew pillowcases at home.
Carrying on the legacy started by Francine Yamello, Diane appreciates the support and is excited to continue the support of deliveries to pediatric cancer units in several of our local hospitals following in the footsteps of her predecessor Pat McGowan.
It’s amazing how much fabric is needed for this outreach.
Anyone who would like to make a donation specifically to this worthy cause should contact Diane at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange drop-off or pick-up of material.
Ryan’s Case for Smiles
RRQ is proud to be part of Ryan’s Case for Smiles organization whose goal is to provide cheery pillowcases for children struggling with life-changing illnesses. For each of the past six years, RRQ has donated more than 1,000 pillowcases to bring smiles to children with cancer and other serious illnesses.
Distribution of the pillowcases is directed by ConKerr Cancer now operating as Ryan’s Case for Smiles to hospitals with a wing that treats children with critical illnesses. Local hospitals include K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, The Valerie Fund Children’s Center at Monmouth Medical Center, and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Hospital personnel keep a stash of pillowcases to be given to a child who has just undergone a treatment, who is having a rough day, or just needs a reason to smile. Pillowcases are also given to a mother, sibling, or other family member who may be waiting long hours in an uncomfortable situation and need a little cheering up.
How to Make a Pillowcase
One fast easy way is the hot dog method. You will need ¾ yard of a child-friendly cotton fabric, appropriate for a child between the ages of 2 – 17, and ¼ yard of a coordinating fabric. Fabric must be 100% cotton – no fleece, no flannel, no sparkles. Follow the directions here and see how quickly a pillowcase takes shape. Here is a helpful tutorial that demonstrates the hot dog technique. This tutorial shows how to sew a French seam.
Project Pillowcase volunteers meet at the Annex once a month to work on pillowcases. Volunteers are needed to cut and sew. Volunteers are also needed to take completed pillowcases home, wash, iron and fold them into baggies. Each pillowcase is individually bagged in a one quart Ziploc bag.
THE BIGGEST NEED is for quality cotton fabric to make the pillowcases. We all love to buy fabric so choose a fabric a kid would love and get 3 yards. This length will yield four pillowcase bodies with very little waste.
Some cute novelty fabrics are not soft enough for a child’s face. If you have any doubt when you are purchasing fabric, rub it on your face between your eye and your ear. If it feels scratchy to you, it is too rough for a child.
For more information on Project Pillowcase, contact: Diane at email@example.com
Youth Community Service Project: If you know of a child who wants or needs to do a community outreach project for school, scouts or church, please contact us as Project Pillowcases is always happy to help design a project to fit their needs.