Charities
​The Center for Courageous Kids — We Prescribe Fun 

The Center for Courageous Kids, also known as CCK, is a world class medical camp, located in Scottsville, Kentucky, serving children and families from across the country that are living with a variety of medical challenges. Children and their families are not charged anything for this chance to have fun and see other children with similar medical challenges. They get to swim, ride a horse, fish, play basketball, climb a wall, race a wooden car they painted, and do many other things they probably thought they would never do. 

We support CCK by selling machines and donating the entire proceeds to CCK, making bandanas and pillowcases and embroidering their camp mascot on the bandanas and pillowcases, holding fundraisers for CCK,  supporting the embroidery program at CCK, and more. Baby Lock USA helps us with much of the above. 

You can help by donating bandanas or pillowcases, either plain or embroidered (we will give you the design), attending one of our charity days and embroidering bandanas, or going to http://www.courageouskids.org/ and making your donation directly. We also collect bandanas, pillowcases, and fabric donations for CCK. For more info check out the website or ask us.  



Kyle's Quillows — From One Survivor to Another


"I am 11 yrs. old. I was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia in September of 2011 and needed a bone marrow transplant. My twin brother, Andrew, was my donor. I spent a month in the hospital. I was lucky. Many of the other children at CHOP are there for much longer. While in the hospital, my grandmother and her friend made me Quillows. A Quillow is a cross between a quilt and a pillow. I always had 2 on my bed. I used one for a pillow and one for a blanket. They were so soft and warm! They made me comfortable and I felt a little better. I want to help share that feeling with other sick kids. My brother and I recently learned how to sew and make Quillows. We delivered our first quillows to CHOP in January" 

From this was born his foundation with a goal to deliver enough quillows for all the children who spend time in the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. You can help by donating quillows, donating fleece for quillows, donating money. Directions to make quillows are available in our store or on Kyle's website www.kylesquillows.weebly.com. We are a drop-off location for quillows or fabrics.


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Ryan's Case for Smiles. One Pillowcase at a Time.  Formerly known as ConKerr Cancer 
Ryan's Case for Smiles started when Cindy Kerr's son was diagnosed with cancer in 2002 and she began making pillowcases to brighten up his hospital room and to put a smile on his face. He loved it and so she began making pillowcases for other children on the Oncology Unit at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Since then the pillowcase project, A Case for Smiles, has grown in amazing ways. It has provided 1,000,000 pillowcases made by thousands of volunteers from across North America and in South Africa. 

School groups, sewing circles, church groups, and fabric stores have all pitched in and are making pillowcases for the kids. An exciting new program involves taking fabric and sewing machines to hospitals and sewing with the patients and their families. ConKerr Cancer has been able to make amazing progress towards fulfilling our goal of making hospital stays as pleasant as possible for chronically ill children and their parents. You can help by making and donating pillowcases. The directions are available on their website www.caseforsmiles.org.


Project Linus — Providing Security Through Blankets

As Charles Schulz's Linus character from the PEANUTS® comic strip was comforted by his blanket, Project Linus strives to do the same and more for children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. The blankets our nearly 400 chapter coordinators collect from thousands of "blanketeers" (volunteers) across the United States and then distributed to these children to provide love and a sense of security, warmth, and comfort. We are a drop off location. You may bring us blankets to give to Project Linus or you can visit their website and join a local chapter.


Pillowcase Dresses for Little Girls in Africa

A pillowcase with some decorations added makes a cute dress for a little girl. We have the directions for making these dresses and for sending them in. You may pick up the directions at our store and make dresses at your convenience. If you prefer, you may come in to one of our Charity Sewing times and make a dress in our store. If you need some help, we are happy to give you hints and answer your questions. Nancy's Notions sponsors this project.  

We accept donations of fabrics and batting and use it for charities.

We now accept batting, cotton fabric, fleece, and flannel to be donated to charities or used in making items for the charities. If you would like to help, but don't have the time to sew, you may bring us fabrics and we will either use the fabric in items for the charities or donate the fabrics. Charities we do this for include Kyle's Quillows, The Center for Courageous Kids, Ryan's Case for Smiles, Project Linus, and Michael's House - a child advocacy center.

Thank You For Your Support.



 
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Michael's House - a Children's Advocacy Center

Michael's House was founded to honor Michael Mercurio, an endodontist who devoted his life to helping others.  Every year he traveled to Romania to give free dental care to children in orphanages.  He was recognized as Rotarian of the year for his efforts to help children.  After his sudden death, Michael's House was opened in his honor to help children affected by abuse and neglect.  Here each child has an advocate to help him or her tell his or her story just one time, to help the child get the appropriate services.  It has a mock courtroom so children feel comfortable during the trial.  The building is a safe comfortable, welcoming place for children of all ages.  Quilts are given to the children when they first come to Michael's House to show caring and give comfort.  We help by making quilts for these children.  For more info go to www.michaelshousecac.org.