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When you were little, was there something that made your bed special? A quilt or a knitted blanket? Maybe a set of sheets with your favorite cartoon character on them? I had a My Little Pony bed tent that I absolutely loved, and my husband had Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle sheets (awesome, right?). We want every child in the Beds for Kids program to have something special too, and thanks to the Pillowcase Project, we’re able to do just that.

At every delivery, volunteers bring a basket full of colorful, handmade pillowcases into the home for the children to look through. There are pillowcases with flowers and lace trim, sport-themed pillowcases, pillowcases with airplanes, butterflies, and even cupcakes! There are so many different kinds that the children usually have a hard time deciding which one to chose. But when they do, their smiles confirm that it’s something special.

The Pillowcase Project is headed by Mona Ballard and the Dorcas Circle at Gloria Dei Church in Huntingdon Valley, but not all of their sewers are local; some live as far away as California. Last year the Pillowcase Project donated 443 pillowcases to the Beds for Kids program, and this year they’re on target to donate even more. We just received 240 from their summer sewers!

Thank you to everyone involved in the Pillowcase Project, including Mona Ballard and the Dorcas Circle, Karen Geraci and the sewers in Arizona and California, and Gaffney Fabrics in Germantown!

Sewers Wanted! If you or anyone you know enjoys sewing and would like to help with the Pillowcase Project, call 215-346-6427 or send an email to info@ohaat.org. Kits of fabric and sewing instructions are available.