They add a little extra sense of style to the place where you rest your head and, for at least some fortunate recipients, an additional level of comfort and care.
Earlier this week, the students of Moffat County High School’s Family and Consumer Science program donated 27 specially made pillowcases to The Memorial Hospital for patient use. The household items were made during the past few weeks by the students of FACS instructor Kelly Pyper.
Pyper said she wanted to find a project that would help her pupils learn the basics of cutting, sewing and working with relevant materials leading into classes on fashion design and clothing. All the students completed at least one pillowcase to give to the effort, with many of them also finishing a larger one for their own personal use.
Christine Marks-Neece, TMH’s inpatient supervisor, was on hand to collect the donations, which will be used for patients recovering from abdominal surgery. However, their main use won’t be covering pillows used for slumber.
“Patients use them to hold against their incisions to stabilize so they can do breathing exercises or when they’re up and walking around,” Marks-Neece said. “They’re called splint pillows.”
The handmade pillowcases provide a “personal touch” indicative of a small-town facility, Marks-Neece said. She added that TMH hopes the high school will be able to donate the same number next semester, since the pillows and their pillowcases won’t stay at the hospital for long.
“We let the patients take them home with them once they leave,” she said.
After recently spending some time in a hospital bed following hip surgery, MCHS junior Katie Bohne said she could empathize with people in recovery. For her own pillowcase, rectangular in shape, she used a purple-and-pink-checkered pattern with a frill, while the donated ones — more square-like — featured blue and yellow prominently in their designs.
“I hope whoever gets mine enjoys it because I worked really hard on it,” Bohne said.
Junior Amber Sollenberger said she would have liked to have made a similar item for her sister, who had gallbladder surgery during the summer, a procedure from which she since has recovered.
“I feel really good being able to help people,” she said,
Pyper said she was pleased with the work her students did as well as the material itself, with bolts of fabric donated by Quilters Quest and The Embroidery Shoppe and other supplies through the community. Besides not having to be concerned with one student getting more experience sewing than another, having plenty of usable equipment for class work makes it easier to contribute to the Craig community.
“Because so many people have donated to my classroom, I believe we should always give back to the community, and I want people to know that we serve others in this class,” Pyper said.
Andy Bockelman can be reached at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.