“Joy From Your Heart to Theirs”

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Mary Younkins, a resident of the Village at Rockville, delivered more than three dozen hand-sewn pillowcases to be used at upcoming Youth Haven overnight retreats. “Over the years, I made good money sewing, but I enjoyed this project more,” she said.

“Your pillowcases are meant to comfort these children. They’ll lie on something soft and colorful, and they will feel that someone is thinking about them,” said Youth Haven ambassador Balinda Cunningham as she received a bounty of hand-made pillowcases from Mary Younkins.  “You’re spreading joy from your heart to theirs. Thank you!”

Mary was a busy seamstress for many years, but health challenges now have her wheelchair-bound, depending on the care of others.  Members of the Village at Rockville Auxiliary got to know her and her talents for sewing, and wanted to find a way to tap them.  The pillowcase project for LSS/NCA’s Youth Haven camps and retreats was perfect.

Auxiliary members contributed a large collection of colorful flannel fabrics, and carefully cut the pieces to prepare them for sewing.  Mary’s sister, Cora, got involved by ironing and assisted in any job that required standing.  From her wheelchair, Mary got to work, pinning and then sewing each pillowcase.  The final result was enough soft pillowcases for each person who will come to Youth Haven’s Family Mini-Camp this spring.  Thank you to Mary and her team members Janice, Martha and Cora– for your time, your talents, and your joy of life!

If you would like to volunteer with LSS/NCA, visit our website today. Use YOUR talent to make someone smile.

Mary and her sister, Cora. check out the Youth Haven photo album and hear camp stories from Youth Haven client Tierra.
Mary and her sister, Cora. check out the Youth Haven photo album and hear camp stories from Youth Haven client Tierra.
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