Persell Middle School students in Marcy Miller’s Family and Consumer Science classes assisted their local community by creating pillows that will help make Lily’s Hope patients more comfortable during chemotherapy. Lily’s Hope is a free service to woman who may lose their hair to a disease such as cancer. They provide wigs, hats and turbans free of charge.
“All grade levels helped out with this project,” said Mrs. Miller. “I was so thrilled to see the students get so excited to help out. They worked as a team, fifth through eighth grades, to create these comfort pillows. We talked about cancer and the struggles that patients go through and how a kind act like this can make a huge difference.”
Before creating the comfort pillows, seventh and eighth grade students designed personalized pillowcases and fifth and sixth graders created pillows where they chose the design and shape. They learned how to follow directions, hand sew and use a sewing machine. They also learned more about how clothing is made and the difference between cheaper and more expensive fabric. Then, they created the comfort pillows for Lily’s Hope with their newly honed skills.
“It is really good to give back to the community and help other people out,” said Persell Middle School eighth grader Alyson Edwards. “By creating these pillows, we are giving a little comfort to someone who is going through a difficult time and it makes you feel good to help out.”
The Zonta Club helps sponsor the local Lily’s Hope.
“It’s so sweet to see all of the work the students put into the pillows,” said Zonta representative Rosie Papalia. “It’s so enjoyable to see young people helping out their local community and it will make such a big difference to the patient’s journey.”