Greenbrier sew-in benefits cancer victims


Published Friday, May 09, 2008

Faulkner County volunteers are planning another community "sew-in" to be held at the First Church of the Nazarene, Highway 65 North, in Greenbrier, May 15, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The workshop is open to all interested in sewing, cutting, pinning, ironing and packaging colorful kerchief-like head coverings. Known as "care caps," they are for free distribution to balding chemotherapy patients in Arkansas and across the nation. Over 8,200 women and children with cancer have been reached by this project.

Mary Philips, director of Care Cap Connections, will lead participants in her step-by-step "assembly line" method of group operation. Over 650 ARKLATX volunteers have joined her. The Greenbrier team has been in operation since 2007.

Recently, Chesapeake Energy, First Electric Cooperative, EXXON-Mobil, and Monarch Motor Coach corporations all provided grants to continue care cap operations for the last six months of this year.

Care Cap Connections is a division of Volunteer America - 1776, a public charity, 501(c)(3), under the Internal Revenue code. Its operations in Arkansas and the surrounding states are supported through individual donations and corporate grants. All sewing materials are donated to the work and Janome sewing machines are available for use during the sew-in. There is no cost to join and no solicitation.

For more information, contact Ruth Hook, 589-2001, or Mary Philips 884-3046.




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