Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


July 19, 2013

Homemakers stuff puppy pillows for Riley Hospital

GREENSBURG – Members of the various homemakers organizations through the county braved the heat and gathered together in the Farm & Home building at the Decatur County Fairgrounds to stuff puppy shaped pillows to donate to Riley Hospital for Children.

The accomplished seamstresses stitch the pillows together every year to donate to Riley Hospital, which currently goes through more than 1,200 puppy pillows a month. The pillows are made from a pattern provided by the Cheer Guild of Riley Hospital for Children and Indiana University Hospital, an organization that provides comfort items for the ill children treated there. The Cheer Guild provides patterns for a number of handmade items that are given to each child treated at Riley Hospital and Indiana University Hospital.

The pillows are made with colorful, patterned fabric on one side and plain white fabric on the other. After the pillows are donated to the hospital, Cheer Guild staff will draw or sew faces on the white side before passing them out to children. Each pillow takes around 30 minutes to complete and the ladies of the Decatur County Homemakers Association make them during the fair, socially, and during their free time.

Being in the hospital is a difficult and frightening time for a child and the handmade items donated by generous individuals and organizations like the homemakers can make the experience less traumatic. Each child is given a stuffed toy to keep with them at the hospital and then take home when they are released. For some children, that small stuffed animal is something to cling to when they have to leave their parents behind treatment room doors.

The ladies that craft the puppy pillows use donated materials or purchase them themselves. The ladies of the Decatur County Homemakers Association are always accepting donations, for either the necessary materials or the money to purchase them. The Homemakers Association is a not-for-profit group that simply seeks to bring a small measure of comfort to sick children while they are in the hospital. Anyone interested in donating for the puppy pillow project is asked to contact the Extension Office.

There is much more than fabric, stuffing, and thread in each of the puppy pillows assembled by the homemakers. It may be hard to see, but each pillow contains love, care, comfort and empathy- all ingredients that are beyond priceless to a frightened child.

Contact: Amanda Browning 812-663-3111 x7004

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