September is National Sewing Month and Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month
LAVERGNE, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–During National Sewing Month, SVP Worldwide, the world’s largest sewing machine company and home of the SINGER®, HUSQVARNA VIKING® and PFAFF® brands, asks sewers to help make a difference in the lives of children with cancer by supporting ConKerr Cancer’s “Miles of Pillowcase Smiles” Program. ConKerr Cancer provides hand-made pillowcases to children battling cancer or a life-threatening disease to help brighten their hospital rooms and lift their spirits. September’s “Miles of Pillowcase Smiles” Program is the organization’s first nationwide call to collect pillowcases from sewers all over the U.S.
“We hope that during National Sewing Month every sewer, from beginner to enthusiast, will be inspired to help.”
ConKerr Cancer’s mission began in 2002 when Cindy Kerr’s son Ryan was diagnosed with cancer. Cindy, an avid sewer, made Ryan a brightly colored pillowcase to cheer him up. He loved it so much that she decided to make pillowcases for all of the children in Ryan’s oncology unit. Friends and other sewers heard about the idea and started delivering pillowcases to hospitals where they lived. ConKerr Cancer has since grown to 118 chapters, serving 205 hospitals, and has delivered over 240,000 pillowcases.
Throughout September, SVP Worldwide is encouraging sewers to contribute a pillowcase to the cause. For each mile of pillowcases created, SVP Worldwide will donate a new PFAFF® HOBBYLOCK 2.0 serger to help ConKerr Cancer continue to spread smiles. The goal is to reach 10 miles or 20,100 pillowcases.
“The Miles of Pillowcase Smiles Program allows sewers to use their skills and creativity to bring joy to seriously ill children,” said Katrina Helmkamp, CEO of SVP Worldwide. “We hope that during National Sewing Month every sewer, from beginner to enthusiast, will be inspired to help.”
There are a number of ways to get involved. Beginning September 13th, Pediatric Cancer Awareness Day, ConKerr Cancer chapters across the country will be hosting “Miles of Pillowcase Smiles” events. Visit www.conkerrcancer.org to find a chapter near you. Authorized SINGER®, HUSQVARNA VIKING® and PFAFF® retailers will also be hosting events throughout September. Contact your local retailer for details or to help organize an event in your community. You can also simply create your special pillowcase and visit www.conkerrcancer.org to locate a drop off center in your area.
If you would like to share your pillowcase smile with us, visit the PFAFF® Facebook page to post a photo and message of support.