Challenges, problems, and triumphs
-- from a manufacturer's perspective.
Sewing Smiles for Kids
Pillowcases and quilts for kids in hospitals.
by Staff Report (November 5, 2007)
Recently CLN has learned of two excellent programs that
need your help. These aren't "vendor" efforts as described
in recent "Vinny" columns, but they certainly need vendor
– and retailer – assistance.
1. In an effort to make her son Ryan more comfortable during
his chemotherapy stays, Cindy Kerr started making fun, colorful
pillowcases. Hospital personnel, patients, and their families
noticed, and a new charity, ConKerr Cancer, was born. Today 18,000+
pillow cases have been donated to hospitals in PA, NJ, CN, DE, OH,
Last month the project attracted the attention of Martha Stewart
who had Cindy as a guest on her tv show. "The response to the
show has been amazing," Cindy told CLN. "Over 300
inquiries from all over the U.S. and Canada."
Of course the project needs materials and money. Cindy said,
"We are especially looking for fun cotton novelty fabric and
bright prints. We use this for making the pillowcases for the
oncology children and sewing with them at the hospital. We could
also use sewing machines or someone to help offset the cost of our
brochures. Most of all, we would just be happy to have the word
spread about our mission so we can recruit more volunteers to make
For more info, visit www.conkerrcancer.org,
call 610-783-0445, or write ConKerr Cancer, 295 E. Swedesford, #396,
Wayne, PA 19087.
(Comment: Not only is this a great project in which
vendors can be involved, but sewing stores can help, too. Nineteen
stores already are helping by serving as drop-off points for
volunteers who have made pillowcases.)
2. Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City has
a longstanding tradition of placing a homemade quilt or blanket on
the bed of each child in the hospital on extended stays. Many kids
take their quilt or blanket home with them. The hospital admits
12,000+ children per year and goes through at least 3,000 blankets a
For eight years in a row, Delta Air Line employees and their
families and friends have made and donated the quilts and blankets
– 1,249 quilts/blankets in 2007. Since the project began, 5,000+
quilts have been donated.
Yes, the cause needs fabric and cash donations. To learn more,
call Cindy Atkinson at 801-744-4405 or Sylvia Haraldsen at
801-744-4419, or visit http://sewersdreamfabricoutlet.com/_wsn/page8.html.
(Comment: This is another project in which vendors and
retailers can get involved. To read previous "Vinny"
entries, click on the titles in the right-hand column.)