Perry Piecemakers sew 140 pillowcases for cancer kids

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Making a final count at the end of Saturday's pillowcase production were, from left, Perry Piecemakers Mary Ann Holcomb, Lois Hoger and Linda Andorf. Most of the pillowcases will go to a children's cancer charity, but a few will become part of the Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church Sleep Station program, providing bedding for Perry people in need.

Some 20 members of the Perry Piecemakers quilting club staged a marathon sewing session on Friday and Saturday and produced about 140 pillowcases for Ryan’s Case for Smiles, a children’s cancer charity group.

Perry Piecemaker Landa Andorf spearheaded the two-day pillowcase effort. The sewers were inspired by a visit from Jennifer Buttolph, a volunteer with Ryan’s Case for Smiles and From the Heart Quilts Inc.

“With every stitch, every yard of fabric and every pillowcase, we are one step closer to our goal of helping kids feel better to heal better,” Buttolph said. “And we need your help.”

With 120 chapters worldwide, Ryan’s Case for Smiles provides children with “whimsical pillowcases that give them an emotional boost and remind them that they are not defined by their illness,” according to the group’s website.

"Feel Better to Heal better" is the motto of Ryan's Cases for Smiles, a children's cancer charity providing upbeat bedding for youngsters with cancer.
Click the picture to learn more about Ryan’s Case for Smiles, a children’s cancer charity providing upbeat bedding for youngsters with cancer.

More than 1 million pillowcases have so far been produced and given to more than 50,000 children. The pillowcases represent more than 5 million hours of volunteer labor, including the 200 hours put in by the Perry Piecemakers.

Standard-issue hospital bedding in not to comforting, but the Perry Piecemakers produced a large and multicolored pile of pillowcases.

“This is a wonderful group,” Andorf said, “and we’re all pleased to be a part of it.” She was referrinf to Ryan’s Case for Smiles, but the sentiment seems to apply equally well to the Perry Piecemakers themselves.

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