Kids at Mary Free Bed get fun pillowcases

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A local group is working to make kids at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Rapids a little more comfortable with handmade pillowcases.

On Tuesday, the Grand Rapids North Kiwanis Club delivered more than 120 brightly colored pillowcases for inpatient children. They came in a variety of patterns: animals, toys, race cars, cartoon characters and more.

“It really makes it more like home and stuff. It’s not that plain color white. You just want to add more color to it,” Skyy Figgins, a patient, said.

Members of the club, their spouses and children made the pillowcases.

“If you’re in the hospital, it’s probably not that fun. So having a fun pillowcase with you would probably make it more enjoyable,” said Maddie Pastoor, who’s going into eighth grade and made some of the pillowcases.

A couple years ago, the club donated $60,000 toward the work of the child life specialist at Mary Free Bed. That specialist helps kids cope with the challenges they experience during treatment.

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