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Tim Rahman carved a cradle and quilt out of solid wood.
Tim Rahman carved a cradle and quilt out of solid wood.

The lovely story of the pillowcase ladies and their work creating pillowcases for children with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses reminds us how easy it is to use our talents and hobbies to create hope.  The pillowcases add a bit of comfort, cheer and familiarity to the healthcare environment that is often frightening and unfamiliar.

This effort seems to have taken hold within the Providence ministries.  At our Southwest Washington Region, Providence ministries have been offering pillowcases to patients for the last several years. Started by a group of women who love to sew, the pillowcase project was inspired by the million pillowcase challenge.  The website has challenged quilters to sew pillowcases and donate them to people in their communities who are suffering.  The goal? One million pillowcases across America given to our neighbors and friends facing illness.

The million pillowcase challenge is at 431,286 tonight. Plus 1337 from Spokane’s ConKerr Cancer chapter that dedicated quilters have created in Spokane over the last two years.

 Pillowcases:  a kind gesture that speaks of compassion and hope, and yields sweet dreams.  

(Photo: S-R archives photo)

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