Sign up for Oliver Feldman's Eagle Scout Project, January 21
Post date: Jan 08, 2019 1:19:55 AM
On January 21, 2019, we will be banding together to help our fellow Scout, Oliver Feldman, to complete his Eagle Scout Project. His project is to create 100 pillow cases for the organization Ryan’s Case for Smiles (http://caseforsmiles.org/). Ryan Kerr was a member of Oliver’s church who also was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma just like Oliver. Ryan was the inspiration for the Kerr family to create the Case for Smiles organization. Oliver’s experience in and out of hospitals has lead him to work with Case for Smiles to create 100 pillow cases that are more targeted towards teen’s like himself.
These pillow cases help create a more comfortable environment for patients and the organization also helps create awareness for Coping Space (http://copingspace.org/), a program that developed out of Case for Smiles that was designed to walk alongside families as they cope with the trauma of childhood illness or injury. While Oliver has been moved to hospice care as a result of the progression of the cancer to his lungs, the project still means as much to Oliver as it ever did. He is looking to all of us to help him in completing this project for all those that find comfort in the color and brightness these pillow cases bring to otherwise sterile and monotonous hospital rooms.
Where: St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 217 Berkley Road, Devon, PA 19333
When: Monday, January 21, 2019 (Martin Luther King Day), 10am – 4pm (for those helping with setup the arrival time is 9am)
What: Using 10 sewing machines provided by St. John’s and Case for Smiles, we will be sewing pre-cut fabric, selected by Oliver, into pillow cases which will be lock stitched and then washed and packaged before being shipped to CHOP for distribution to patients.
Who: Participants can and will include Scouts, parents of Scouts, friends of Scouts, members of St. John’s Parish, and representatives from Ryan’s Case for Smiles.
How to Help:
1) Volunteer your time to help sew pillow cases. Click on the Signup Genius link and choose between the two shifts (10am to 1pm or 1pm to 4pm). We will have a sign in sheet at the church to record your time which will go to track the hours for Oliver’s Eagle Scout Project.
2) Volunteer your time to help setup the sewing machines, stations, materials, and food. Arrive at the church at 9am for setup. You can indicate your volunteering for setup in the Signup Genius link. We will have a sign in sheet at the church to record your time which will go to track the hours for Oliver’s Eagle Scout Project.
3) Lend Tools. Bring sewing machines from home and provide your experience and knowledge to train or provide supervision on how to use the machine. Lending scissors, irons, and ironing boards will also be helpful. We will need at least three irons and three ironing boards. As many scissors as we have sewing machines (at least 10 and as many as 20). You can indicate your lending tools in the Signup Genius link.
4) Donate Materials. You can also donate thread for making the pillow cases. Off white, gray, and neutral color threads in general will all be put to use in making the pillow cases. Pins are helpful for keeping material in place while sewing. A few bottles of hand sanitizer is required as working with the materials needs to be as sanitary as possible for the patients receiving them. Trash bags for cleanup is always appreciated. Also, quart size zip lock bags for packaging the finished pillow cases. If possible bring along receipts or solid estimates so they can be recorded for the project tracking. You can indicate your donation in the Signup Genius link.
5) Donate Food and Drink for Volunteers. Bring beverages like water or food and snacks to help keep the volunteers fed and hydrated as they contribute their time and efforts in creating pillow cases. If possible bring along receipts or solid estimates so they can be recorded for the project tracking. You can indicate your donation in the Signup Genius link.
6) Volunteer your washing machine and pressing skills. All pillow cases created need to be washed and then pressed before being packaged and delivered to CHOP. Unscented detergent is to be used and instructions for best method of washing can be provided by the representative from Case for Smiles.
IMPORTANT: Because these pillow cases will be distributed to patients at Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania, it is important that all participants be in best health without any indication of colds, infections, or spreadable illness. This is important for any instances of handling the materials during any stage of production or finish product preparation and packaging. This is to protect the health of the patients who will receive the pillow cases as their immune systems are often stressed.