Kiwanis creates ‘Sweet Dreams’ with sewing project

Kiwanis Club of Florence gathered volunteers to make handmade pillowcases for children staying in hospitals

Sept. 7, 2019 — What can 15 volunteers, donated fabric, multiple sewing machines and a caring community accomplish for children at Oregon Health & Science University, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Shriners Hospital for Children and the Ronald McDonald House? Turns out, an awful lot.

On Thursday, Kiwanis Club of Florence gathered volunteers at the Florence Events Center for a sewing workshop to make handmade pillowcases for children staying in hospitals.

According to Kiwanian Jean Murphey, 26 handmade pillowcases were gifted to the project previously and volunteers made 29 at the workshop. Additionally, volunteers took home 11 kits to continue making pillowcases.

“We have 12 fabric kits that volunteers can pick up to sew, which include fabric and pattern,” Murphey said. “We also have 17 kits that are partially completed. They just need some loving volunteer to finish them.”

Florence Kiwanis plans to send the first package of pillowcases to Child Life at Doernbecher on Sept. 25.

“When these kits get completed, we will have 95 cases to send to kids — and that’s just our first workshop,” Murphey said. “We probably will be doing another workshop in January, but we will accept donations and hand out kits in the meantime.”

If anyone is interested in donating fabric, donating fun colorful pillowcases or would like to pick up a kit, contact Murphey at 541-997-3455 or [email protected] For more information on Kiwanis, attend a Wednesday lunch meeting at noon at Ocean Dunes Golf Links, 3345 Munsel Lake Road. Lunch purchase is available.

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