Members of the County K9s 4-H Club helped member Mira Uithoven (front row, third from left) finish an FCCLA community leadership project to sew 50 pillowcases for her Every Pillow Has A Story that will be donated locally. Holding up the completed pillowcases at their April 18 4-H meeting are (front from left) Annaliese Braucht, Riley Anderson, Uithoven, Cassandra Chesley, Aisha Porter, Gabriella Porter, (back) Adayla Rouzer, Alexa Chesley, Adam Fodness, Sophie Holmberg and Candice Porter.Mira Uithoven (right) points to the area just inside the fabric’s selvage to place the next pillowcase seam with 4-H’er Cassandra Chesley.A crisp line is essential in sewing a straight edge.Annaliese Braucht (right) holds the edge of a pillowcase for Mira Uithoven’s (left) Every Pillow Has A Story project Monday afternoon, April 18, at the Extension office meeting room.Accompanying each pillowcase is a personally colored tag depicting either the 4-H clover or the Family, Career, Community Leaders of America’s rose logo. Pictured from top are Judy Chesley and Sonja Braucht, County K9s adult leaders, and 4-H’er Adayla Rouzer.

Goal reached for 'Every Pillow has a Story' pillowcase project

One last workday recently wrapped up the local contribution to the One Million Pillowcase Project.

Earlier this year, Luverne High School Senior Mira Uithoven joined the challenge as part of her FCCLA National Leadership Service in Action project with the assistance of her 4-H Club, the County K9s.

Uithoven’s goal was to fundraise for materials and sew 50 pillowcases, of which 35 would be donated to local children and 15 would be given to the Sanford Children’s Hospital.

Her 4-H Club members finished the last of the sewing Monday, April 18.

Uithoven called her project, “Every Pillow has a Story.”

When she began her project, Uithoven recognized each child is fighting life’s battle and they all have different experiences and stories. She saw it as her job to make one of the pages of their stories a great one.

“Many people can relate to that feeling, after a long and stressful day of work or school, when you finally lay your head down on your pillow and you’re just like ‘Ahhhh, finally the day is over.’ I started the project to give children that ahhh moment,” she said.

Now that her project is finished and the pillowcases are ready for distribution, Uithoven said the final story for the project is written for herself.

“A pillowcase is something that I take for granted everyday and for the children receiving it, this might be the first gift they have every received,” Uithoven said. “A little act of kindness can go a long way.”

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