Sewing event aims to cheer up young hospital patients

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August 23, 2016

HUNTINGTON – Several people donated fabric and others donated their sewing skills for a good cause as Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Adams Avenue in Huntington hosted the third annual “Pillowcase Party” on Saturday.

The event helps the local chapter of Ryan’s Case for Smiles deliver bright, cheery pillowcases to children who are patients in area hospitals, organizers said.

“The Charleston-Huntington chapter of the charity is ‘Stitches for Smiles,'” said Eileen Farren, one of the organizers. “Members deliver pillowcases to children at Cabell Huntington Hospital and St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington and to CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital in Charleston.”

More than 160 pillowcases were made at the first event in 2014, Farren added.

“In 2015, more than 260 pillowcases were made,” she said. “The goal for this year’s event is to make more than 350 pillowcases.”

Those helping the cause for children included those helping to iron, pin and fold pillowcases.

“The ultimate goal of Ryan’s Case for Smiles is that every child with a life-changing illness receives a bright, cheery pillowcase when he or she is in the hospital,” Farren said.

Refreshments were provided and the event was co-sponsored by Sew Many Blessings Quilt Shop of Huntington.

Find more information about Ryan’s Case for Smiles at


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