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Hingham's Linden Ponds residents make pillow cases for hospitalized children

Posted by Anne Steele  June 24, 2013 07:01 PM

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The following is a press release from Linden Ponds:

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Photo courtesy of Linden Ponds

Helene Soini, Vivian Bleakney, and Marilyn Shuler, making pillow cases at Linden Ponds.

People who live at Linden Ponds gathered together to quilt pillow cases for ConKerr Cancer, an organization that delivers bright and cheerful pillowcases to children with life threatening illnesses.

Children's Hospital Boston, The Jimmy Fund and MassGeneral Hospital for Children are just a few of the hospitals that will receive the pillowcases.

So far to date, the group at Linden Ponds has made over 100 pillowcases for ConKerr Cancer.

"Everyone here was very excited to make the pillow cases again," said Vivian Bleakney, Chair of the Pillow Case Group at Linden Ponds. "A few years back Sandra O'Shaughnessy, lives here at Linden Ponds, is a member of our Tuesday Needlework Group and a member of the Bayberry Guild on the Cape, heard about ConKerr Cancer at a Guild meeting and asked us to help make pillow cases. We get a great turnout of people every year who want to help and several of the women do not even sew, they cut or iron the fabric as needed."

The group follows a very specific pattern and will use donated fabric and sewing machines to put the pillow cases together. The collection center is a quilt shop in South Weymouth called Heart in Hands.

The pillowcases people at Linden Ponds will be making will go to the following hospitals in Boston that ConKerr Cancer supports and delivers pillowcase smiles to:

Children's Hospital Boston
The Jimmy Fund
MassGeneral Hospital for Children
Floating Hospital for Children
Emerson Hospital
Ronald McDonald House
Boston Medical Center
The Yawkey Family Inn
Shriners Hospitals for Children

"We get together once a year to work on the pillow cases." Said Bleakney. "We have always had a large group of residents helping with the project because we know the pillow cases will put a smile on someone's face. "

Linden Ponds is a full-service continuing care retirement community situated on a scenic 108-acre campus in Hingham, Massachusetts. The vibrant campus opened in October 2004, and is home to 1,200 people who are enjoying life to the fullest.

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