Have you seen any of those beautiful hand-made pillowcases out the front of the Public Information Office at City Hall recently? Those were made with love by nine dedicated city staff, and one generous Lake Oswego citizen.
In late October, Maria Bigelow (ACC) and Diana Smith-Bower (Public Information Office) received notice that the Fill A Stocking, Fill A Heart Program that the City and the LO community have been a part of for well over 10 years, would not be operating this holiday season.
Diana and Maria decided to rally a team of city staff together, to try and backfill the program in a very short period and sew at least 150 pillowcases by mid-November. Thanks to the generosity of our community we received plenty of fabric, enough to create more than 200 fun, delightful and simply beautiful pillowcases!
Nine city staff members from almost every department volunteered to coordinate fabric, cut, pin, iron and sew after work to reach our goal of 150 pillowcases in time to make them available for the community to fill for the holidays. Grace Tuttle, a Lake Oswego citizen, also volunteered to join the team and make pillowcases.
For three late evenings after work, Diana graciously hosted the Pillowcase Extravaganza Project Team, where they sewed more than 150 pillowcases! One night they made 63 pillowcases with a team of seven.
The team included the following cross-departmental staff:
- ACC: Maria Bigelow
- Engineering: Erica Rooney, Katy Kerklaan and Donna Broadhurst
- Finance: Jennifer Waverly
- IT: Karen Luby
- Library: Collette Lewis
- Public Affairs: Diana Smith-Bouwer
- Public Works: Rachel Sykes
The team of ladies created such an amazing assortment of cases, any of which would make a delightful gift for someone, young or anyone of the many seniors who might need a thoughtful gift this holiday season.
Please feel free to stop by and pick up an empty pillowcase at City Hall (380 A Ave.) or the Adult Community Center (505 G Ave.), fill them with items and return them to those locations by Dec. 14!
Read more about this wonderful team effort in this week’s LO Review: https://pamplinmedia.com/lor/48-news/413371-314301-pillowcases-filled-with-hope