Pillowcase Service Project

Every year, 7th and 8th grade students have the opportunity to participate in a service project through the textiles unit of their Family and Consumer Science class.  Students can sew a pillowcase to be donated to pediatric oncology units of local hospitals through a non-profit organization called Ryan's Case for Smiles (formerly ConKerr Cancer). 

Pennridge South Middle School could use your help with this amazing project! Fabric donations would be greatly appreciated.  Ryan's Case for Smiles asks that the fabric used in these pillowcases be bright, cheery fabrics appropriate for boys or girls from birth to 21 years old.  We use cotton or cotton-blend fabrics in increments no smaller than 1/3 yard, but preferably in increments of 1 yard or larger.  Unfortunately we cannot use fleece or glittery fabric.

Thank you for supporting our students in this community service project!!

The following comes directly from the organization's website:

"A hospital stay can be a terrifying experience for a child – especially those with cancer and other life-changing illnesses. Recent research indicates 20% of children who are hospitalized with cancer and 30% of their mothers suffer full symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). These rates are comparable to that experienced by U.S. War Veterans serving since the Vietnam War. The good news is trauma can be minimized and outcomes improved through experiences that reduce stress.

Ryan’s Case for Smiles (formerly ConKerr Cancer) was founded in 2007 to bring comfort and support to young patients and their families in hospitals around the globe. We started with a simple goal: to create and distribute whimsical pillowcases that give children an emotional boost and remind them that they are not defined by their illness. Today, our programs have expanded to include the children’s entire families so they can better navigate and cope with a very difficult experience and avoid long term emotional trauma. To ensure the highest quality care, we have partnered with PTSD experts at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children to create valuable web-based information and tools designed for each member of the family’s unique experience."

For more information please visit caseforsmiles.org.