Mercyhealth employee partners are making sure the children who go to school around its Rockton Avenue campus get a good night’s sleep — every night. They’ve been working since September to make more than 900 pillowcases for the kids at Conklin and Welsh Elementary Schools. These pillowcases have been stitched with care by the hands of Mercyhealth workers who want to give back to the schools in its neighborhood.
“We wanted to share a little love and joy with the kids in our neighborhood,” said Dr. Carolyn Bengtson, who helped organize the project with several others.
Dr. Bengtson is a sewer herself and dreamed of an opportunity like this. She says she found so many partners in the hospital system willing to help provide a Sweet Dreams Pillowcase made especially for each student.
The 900+ pillowcases will be distributed to the schools in December. The Rockford Memorial Auxiliary is also donating hats and gloves to every student in Welsh Elementary. Every student at Conklin will get arts and crafts supplies on top of their pillowcases.
There are about 825 students at the two schools. The leftover pillowcases will be given to the House of Mercy Homeless Center in Janesville.