Photo by Debbie AdamsThe Roanoke Chapter of Ryan’s Case for Smiles was recently recognized by their national organization for completing 10,263 pillowcases for children in local hospitals since 2016 to help them “feel better to heal better.” Shown left to right are volunteers Vicki Seebo, Sharon Lemanski and Anita Hiner.

The surprise announcement, with congratulations from the national organization, was made at the Vinton Baptist Church Disciples Center on February 21, one of several locations throughout the Roanoke Valley where the group gathers to assemble, sew, and package the pillowcases.

“We are so very proud of our volunteers,” said Faye Amos and Mary Jo Reed, founding members of the local Ryan’s Case for Smiles.

Their motto is “helping kids feel better to heal better.” They create “whimsical pillowcases” that help sick children cope with the stress of their illnesses and injuries during a hospital stay, give them an emotional boost and “remind them they are not defined by their illness.” Children take the pillowcases home with them when they are discharged.

Volunteers meet twice a month at locations which include the Disciples…

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