4-H’ers to make hospital stay a bit more comfortable

STEUBENVILLE – The Ridge Hoppers 4-H Club will be sending sweet dreams to young patients at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh through their contribution of 71 colorful and animated pillowcases to the Amazing Grace Pillowcase project started by Mary Albaugh in her quest to fill a Million Pillowcase Challenge.

“Children feel more comfortable with a pillow that is covered with teddy bears, elephants and other cute animals in bright colors when in the hospital,” she said, while discussing her hope of getting organizations in the area interested in sewing up some of the pillow covers that bring a touch of happiness to a sick child.

She made her plea for those who could sew at the officers and advisers training seminar held during the winter.

Donnelle Tonner, head adviser for the Ridge Hoppers 4-H Club, a club that specializes in the raising of rabbits, heard Albaugh’s request and stepped forward. Actually, Stephanie Vance, mother of Jordan and Jonathan Vance, took scissors and thread in hand to get the project started, with the boys being very involved.

It took a month to complete the 71 pillow cases in fabrics with elephants, lions, alligators, teddy bears, race cars, Hello Kitty, Pluto, butterflies, flowers and their specialty of bunnies. Their finished project is a rainbow of colors that should bring a small smile to the child who gets to take it home with them.

“The Ridge Hoppers were the first group to step up and do this, but we are hoping to attract more groups who will help bring a small ray of sunshine to a sick child,” Albaugh said. She can be reached at maryarosie@aol.com.