Waldron Mercy Academy students, parents, and faculty participated in Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service on Monday, January 21, 2019. Students from pre-school to 8th grade and their families sewed pillowcases, crafted handmade cards, and made blankets for hospitalized children.
An estimated 125 people turned out for the event, including 75 students.
“We were overwhelmed by the turnout; this is the biggest group we have had in several years,” said Ellen Cordes, a member of the Parents’ Association and a coordinator of the event. “We are glad that everyone enjoyed themselves while working so hard helping others.”
The pillowcases and cards will be donated to local hospitals through the Philadelphia chapter of Ryan's Case for Smiles (formerly ConKerrCancer), an organization that is devoted to “giving sick kids a reason to smile … one pillowcase at a time” and making hospitalized children feel special while battling life changing illness. The blankets will be given to patients at Lankenau Cancer Center.
The group sewed 70 pillowcases and 10 blankets.