More than a degree from this University ...

... the students from West Chester University (WCU), West Chester, PA have stitched smiles into their studies!


A younger brother, inspired his older brother to take action and help create 'smiles' for the children who are battling life changing illnesses.  Kevin (a student at WCU) remembered when his younger brother was working on his Eagle Scout project .. ConKerr Cancer.  He says it had a lasting impression on him and he wanted to do something similar.  

A recent Monday in April, found a group of students, supported by a local quilt group, Calico Cutters, completing a semester long project of smile making for ConKerr Cancer, Philadelphia chapter.  


The students raised all the money to buy fabric and supplies to make 142 awesome pillowcases.  They will donate the remaining fabric so more 'smiles' can be made.  We couldn't have done it without the team from Calico Cutters and of course, Kevin's mom who helped every stitch of the way!  

Are there plans to do this again next year?  Absolutely! says Kevin who led this effort for WCU and he plans to make it an even bigger event!   


Posted in Volunteers, Sewing Events, In The News

The Volunteer who 'roared' ...

... while sewing with the children at Children's Hospital in Philly!

She's not only a terrific smile maker, but she makes the pillowcases come 'alive' .. click here for sound!

Posted in Volunteers, Sewing Events, Coordinator Update

An AMAZING 1st Day in Baltimore ...

An experience to be cherished ... forever:

We had our first day of sewing pillowcase smiles at Johns Hopkins, in April. When we arrived we were greeted by the Big Apple Circus Care Team, two hysterical clowns kept us company as we set up. They left shortly after the kids arrived " to do rounds". The pillowcase party was enjoyed by all...the patients, the staff and the volunteers. What an amazing experience ~ I am grateful for the opportunity. Thank you Cindy!

It was also a huge success, in two hours kids & families sewed 30 pillowcases and we had 20 pillowcases taken to those who wanted to come, but were unable to make it to the activity room. One high school senior hopes to take his pillowcase w/him to USC in Aug (if cleared by his Dr.) Jenny, age 5, twirled around wearing her hot pink tutu and danced with her princess pillowcase with excitement and one little guy yelled,"I love sewing, we gotta do this more often!"  ... and we plan too, quarterly! We even had a father of a 16 month old come in to make her a Pooh bear pillowcase....priceless!

The child life specialists loved the excitement, the giggles and smiles created at this event for everyone! And they were amazed at the range of age groups interested, parents too.

This is definitely one day I will cherish forever...blessings & smiles, Marcy in Baltimore

Posted in Volunteers, Sewing Events, In The News, Coordinator Update

Best Smile Maker in Philly ... read all about it!

YES! It's true ... our very own was voted "Best-Smile Maker In Philly!"

Posted in In The News, Fundraising Activities, Announcements

His smile says it all ...

.... waytago, Ryan!

A beautiful note from Ryan's mom ... thanks for ALL the smiles, Las Vegas chapter!!
Hi! I wanted to thank you for the great pillow cases!  It totally brightens up the hospital room and makes my son smile. Ryan is 7 years old and is in St Jude for ALL leukemia. I just wanted to thank you and send you a photo.


Posted in Thank You, Letters, In The News