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How you can help make a difference one pillowcase at a time

By Brandi Hodges - bio | email

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - There are many things in our everyday lives we take for granted like clothes to wear, a place to live, food to eat and things that belong to us!  Now a nationwide movement is underway to supply those in need with something to call their own.

The movement is through "American Patchwork and Quilting" magazine and has set a goal to make 1,000,000 pillowcases in one year!  The group is pairing up with fabric shops all across the country to help different charitable organizations in their communities including two in Jonesboro.

It's been underway for the past several months and Edie Lancaster of "The Fabric Shop" is already getting a great response from the community.

"It doesn't take a whole lot of skill, just a sewing machine and some fabric and its straight stitching," said Lancaster.

A pillowcase might seem like something too easy but for one of the organizations getting the donation it is very much needed.

"One of the bigger costs on our budget is to replenish our supply of linens, so it will be helpful," said Consolidated Youth Services Executive Director Bonnie Smith.

"Clothes are so personal and you have to make them a certain size and hem them a certain length and it's hard to do that when you're donating it.  Pillowcases are one size fits all," said Lancaster.

Consolidated Youth Services is a non-profit organization that serves teens and some children.

"Primarily the kids in our program are ages 14 to 17 but we do accept kids in the shelter as young as ten," said Smith.

At any given time CYS could be housing around 100 kids.  During a year they have about 600 kids come through their doors.

"The fact is, because we serve so many kids each year we go through a lot of linens and towels and pillow cases," said Smith.

And every little bit helps.

"Abused women that leave home with nothing then you've got something to either put clothes in or you've got something to put on a pillow," said Lancaster.

"It's not just that they're giving of their money they're giving of their time and that's appreciated," said Smith.

With every pillow case that's brought in, Lancaster said they know they're making a difference.

"Just makes your heart feel good and to know that people care and would bring them into the store for us to donate to charity," said Smith.

The other organization that will benefit from the collected pillowcases is The Women's Crisis Center in Jonesboro.  When different fabric shops that are participating get pillowcases brought in they update the total numbers on the website.  So far the total number of pillowcases collected is at 85,654.  Lancaster said her plans are to contact the two groups and find out how they would like to get what has been collected so far.

There are two other shops in Region 8 that are participating.

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