The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ recent joint venture between their women’s group, the Relief Society, and young women between the ages of 12 to 17, proved to be an evening dedicated to serving others.
Relief Society women who were experienced seamstresses, gave guidance to those young women who needed an extra hand to sew flannel pillowcases. The pillowcases have since been donated to cancer patients. A total of 50 pillowcases were made between the Relief Society and the Young Women.
Mayetta Trent, a volunteer at Lewis Gale hospital, accepted the pillowcases. They were then taken to the sixth floor, the cancer wing of the hospital. Trent stated, “Most have lost their hair, or their hair has thinned out and the flannel is soft and warm to their faces.”
The flannel fabric was purchased with funds from the Relief Society organization, whose motto is, “Charity Never Faileth.” This is the second time the Relief Society and Young Women have sewn flannel pillowcases for cancer patients.
Previous donations included “Birthday Celebration Bags” provided for children staying at a Women’s Shelter. Each bag contained a cake mix, icing, invitations, decorations, gift cards for presents, along with other birthday party favors.
After a member unexpectedly suffered a stroke and was in the hospital for an extended stay, “Hospital Survival Bags” were created to help family members deal with unplanned hospital stays. The bags were given to a volunteer coordinator at Lewis Gale who then distributed them to the ER and to nurses on the hospital floor.