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quilters donate pillowcases to local organizations


tim unruh

when she learned of a national drive for pillowcases, ann mcconkey saw it as a chance to do something nice for others in her community while also doing something she loves.

the american patchwork & quilting magazine in january posed the one million pillowcase challenge to retailers, quilt guilds and other organizations, to make and provide pillowcases for charity.

the quilting bee, a store at 120 s. santa fe, accepted the challenge, and influenced 20 local ladies — some of them employees at the store — to join in.

“i thought it was a good cause,” said mcconkey, 49. she’s made 66 of the nearly 400 pillowcases collected by the quilting bee. the local goal is to collect 500 pillowcases by the end of this year.

tuesday, the quilting bee began delivering the pillowcases to several local organizations, including domestic violence association of central kansas, ashby house, salina rescue mission, cancer center of kansas and the salina regional health center pediatrics department.

read the rest of this story in wednesday’s journal.

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