Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Whitewater Middle School Students Sew to Help Others

Whitewater Middle School students proudly display their handiwork before donating the pillowcases to Heritage Quilts

Students are putting their sewing skills to good use as they help people in the community, one stitch at a time.

Family and Consumer Science students at Whitewater Middle have quilted and sewn items throughout the year that have been donated to local charities. As the school year draws to a close, students are still busy stitching together items to bring comfort to those who need it the most.

Their most recent project is the One Million Pillowcase Challenge sponsored by American Patchwork and Quilting magazine. Seventh grade students, under the supervision of their teacher Laurel Hinze, made 47 pillowcases that were taken to Heritage Quilts in Newnan, a local retailer participating in the challenge.

The One Million Pillowcase Challenge provides pillowcases to local charities. A pillowcase can provide comfort for a cancer patient, hope for a foster child, encouragement for a battered woman or beauty for a nursing home resident. Heritage Quilts has identified a number of charities to receive donated pillowcases including the Hole in the Wall Gang camp for children with serious illnesses and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

“Our students have once again shared their sewing skills, knowledge and encouragement to families with serious illnesses and those who are in need of assistance. What a positive and rewarding experience for both the students and recipients,” says Hinze.

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1 comment:

dfiori said...

These are fabulous! We have been receiving so many boxes of bring and beautiful pillowcases to share with our camp family and are amazed at the detail that has gone into making these pillowcases. Incredible is all I can say, we are in awe!

These pillowcases brighten up our cabins, creating a warm and welcoming environment for our campers. For some of the children this is their first sleep away experience, so you can imagine what it feels like to leave your parents for the first time. Thanks to you, once they step foot in their cabins and see the time and care put into making them feel safe and comforted, they feel right at home. I speak on behalf of all the children who attend our Hole in the Wall Camps when I say, thank you for your hard work, creativity and compassion. Your generosity has touched the lives of so many children living with serious medical conditions. Thank you.

Please visit us at to learn more about the children you are helping.