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C-RHS student helping sick children sleep a little easier

June 7, 2017
student and principal standing behind a stack of pillowcases

Britney Merwin and C-RHS Principal Mrs. Ausfeld are shown with pillowcases Britney made to fulfill her community service portion of Participation in Government class. The Pillowcases made with child themed patterns will go to children being treated for cancer in the capital region.

Britney Merwin is on her way to becoming a pediatric oncologist, but in the meantime she’s making the lives of children with cancer a little brighter by giving them hand-made pillow cases.

Britney’s community service project for her Participation in Government class at C-RHS was to make pillowcases for Ryan’s Case for Smiles. The organization’s goal is to improve the quality of life of children and their families as they undergo treatment.

Britney took on a large scale project that required learning to sew!

After contacting the organization and discussing various ways she could help, Britney chose to make pillowcases. She raised funds for the fabric by creating a “wall of smiles;” for a small donation, people were given a smiling face on which they could color or write an inspirational quote. These went on her wall of smiles at B & B skating rink in Warnerville, owned by her grandparents’ Sylvia and Charles Merwin.

Britney was grateful for all the donations she received, stating that while she asked for one dollar, “Many people showed so much appreciation for my fundraising and donated much more than a dollar.”

Britney then purchased as much kid-oriented fabric (100 percent cotton), as she could and began sewing. Since this would be the first time she ever sewed, Britney relied on Sheila Coger who helped teach her how to make the pillowcases.  Sheila pitched in and made some herself.

Now that the cases are complete, the smiley faces from the wall will soon be coming down and inserted in the pillow cases to give comfort to families going through difficult times.   Brittany is looking forward to delivering the pillow cases, “I cannot wait to have that feeling of knowing I put a smile on those children’s faces battling serious illnesses and their families. I truly believe the pillow cases are magical in helping the kids feel better and heal better.”

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