Ryan’s Case for Smiles was founded in 2007 to bring comfort and support to young patients and their families in hospitals around the globe. We started with a simple goal: to create and distribute whimsical pillowcases that give children an emotional boost and remind them that they are not defined by their illness. Today, our programs have expanded to include the children’s entire families so they can better navigate and cope with a very difficult experience and avoid long term emotional trauma.
For more information and to get involved, go to http://caseforsmiles.org/texas/
Our mission is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets, quilts, and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer blanketeers.
As of January 1, 2001, our chapter has donated over 62,068 blankets since the changer began in November 2004. In 2016, 10,130 of those were donated.
For more information, go to www.plcollin.org
Sign up to help make quilts, pillow cases and laundry bags for Vets at the VA Hospital in Bonham and VA Plano Outpatient Clinic. The sign up sheets are out at each meeting. Here is what you can do to help:
From Your Stash - donate red, white, blue and patriotic fabrics.
From Your Batting - Cuttings from batting that can be put together to make batting for these wheelchair quilts. The long strips from the quilts you get back from the long arm quilters. Whole batts you have decided not to use.
From Your Time at Workshops –Please sign up with contact information to be notified of time and place to see if you can come. Just bring your sewing machines, neutral thread, and lots of pre-wound bobbins. Kits will be set up ready to sew.
From Your Time at Home – Some have asked if they can make their donations at home instead of coming to the workshop and YES you may. Watch the newsletter for time and place. We will need sewers, pressers, quilters, and binders.
For more information, contact Sharon Wilhelm, Chairperson 972-424-7791