Linden Ponds Makes Pillow Cases for Children with Life Threatening Illnesses

Hingham, MA - People who live at Linden Ponds gathered together to quilt pillow cases for ConKerr Cancer, an organization that delivers bright and cheerful pillowcases to children with life threatening illnesses*. Children's Hospital Boston, The Jimmy Fund and MassGeneral Hospital for Children are just a few of the hospitals that will receive the pillowcases. So far to date, the group at Linden Ponds has made over 100 pillowcases for ConKerr Cancer.  "Everyone here was very excited to make the pillow cases again," said Vivian Bleakney, Chair of the Pillow Case Group at Linden Ponds.  "A few years back Sandra O'Shaughnessy, lives here at Linden Ponds, is a member of our Tuesday Needlework Group and a member of the Bayberry Guild on the Cape, heard about ConKerr Cancer at a Guild meeting and asked us to help make pillow cases.  We get a great turnout of people every year who want to help and several of the women do not even sew, they cut or iron the fabric as needed." The group follows a very specific pattern and will use donated fabric and sewing machines to put the pillow cases together. The  collection center is a quilt shop in South Weymouth  called Heart in Hands. [caption id="attachment_60053" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Helene Soini, Vivian Bleakney and Marilyn Shuler, all live at Linden Ponds, preparing the pillow cases.[/caption] The pillowcases people at Linden Ponds will be making will go to the following hospitals in Boston that ConKerr Cancer supports and delivers pillowcase smiles to: •             Children's Hospital Boston •             The Jimmy Fund •             MassGeneral Hospital for Children •             Floating Hospital for Children •             Emerson Hospital •             Ronald McDonald House •             Boston Medical Center •             The Yawkey Family Inn •             Shriners Hospitals for Children   "We get together once a year to work on the pillow cases." Said Bleakney.  "We have always had a large group of residents helping with the project because we know the pillow cases will put a smile on someone's face. "   About Linden Ponds:  Linden Ponds is one of 16 continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living. Linden Ponds is situated on a scenic 108-acre campus in Hingham, Massachusetts. The vibrant campus opened in October 2004, and is home to 1,200 people who are enjoying life to the fullest.  * http://www.conkerrcancer.org/?s_id=af2qhuleada5mmseibb0ko2te0