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Pillowcases for Cancer

We’ve got a special guest post today from Kimber Westmore, our new crafting expert with a heart for reaching out to others. Take a look at what Kimber’s been up to…

Kimber Westmore

Have you ever thought of a pillowcase as something special?

Special enough to put a smile on a child’s face? Just look at Michael after receiving his Pokemon pillowcase!

ConKerr Michael

The idea of the pillowcases and ConKerr Cancer began when Cindy Kerr’s son, Ryan, was first diagnosed with cancer. Cindy made pillowcases for Ryan to brighten up his hospital room and then began spreading more cheer by recruiting friends to help make pillowcases for the other children on the oncology floor. Ryan lost his battle with cancer, but started a movement that has changed the faces of sick children everywhere.

Cindy’s signature line: “You never know where a pillowcase will take you!” is quite poignant.

Today, there are volunteer chapters across the continents and more than 900,000 pillowcases have delivered well over 900,000 smiles.

ConKerr Cancer has one focus – Giving Sick Kids a reason to smile… one pillowcase at a time.

Shirlee Walker Regional Coordinater Los Angeles

Shirley Walker, LA regional coordinator, invited us to join in on the fun at our favorite local quilt shop. Kathy, the owner of Quilty Pleasures, participated by donating her time, space and sewing machines for the day. We had a blast making 48 cases and 35 others were donated!

I learned two things: pillowcases are simple to make and they are a proven way to bring smiles to both the giver and a receiver’s face.

ConKerr at Quilty Pleasures

You can make a child’s day brighter by joining this volunteer movement. There are all types of volunteers and you may just be a perfect fit if:

  • You are a stay-at-home sewer who would sew and drop off pillowcases at a drop-off location.
  • You belong to a group of sewers or a quilt guild, church group, girl scouts, etc.
  • You could volunteer to take pillowcases home to wash, iron and package them.
  • You would be willing to deliver or pick up pillowcases.
  • You would consider coming out to a sewing event to help cut, sew, iron or package pillowcases.

We at CCH believe that hearts can be changed on both sides when we use what we love doing to make a difference in our world.

Join in the fun by visiting our website at CraftsChangingHearts and find a story that captures you and ignites your journey of changing hearts.

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4 comments on “Pillowcases for Cancer”

  1. I have never heard about this story… But for many years I have a dream to make the same project in my country! It is not easy to start with expensive fabric and two small kids… But I am only 26, so I read this post today and it inspired me do not give up and finaly start it! May God bless and help me! Thank you!

  2. It was so wonderful to be part of the ConKerr Cancer event at Quilty Pleasures. I had so much fun and I can’t wait to do it again!

  3. Who knew something so simply could have such a huge impact. Wonderful story and such a great cause.

  4. I love this story! How inspiring!