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Pender County Shrinettes

Pillow Cases - Shriners Hospitals for Children - Greenville

In 2015, when Maurice Rivenbark became president of the Pender County Shrine Club, his wife Joyce, felt a need to get to know the other ladies in the club. She approached the vice president’s wife, Darlene Peay and the secretary’s wife, Donna Anderson to help brainstorm how this could become a reality. During the year, they met several times to socialize and become better acquainted. They called themselves the Pender County Shrine Ladies. Toward the end of the year, the ladies decided they wanted a way to better support their husbands’ efforts for Shriners Hospitals for Children - Greenville. They called the hospital and spoke with personnel who told the ladies the hospital needed pillow cases, draw sheets, and sent a list of small items used in speech therapy, physical therapy, etc. The group decided they would make pillow cases and draw sheets to be sent and collect the small items. The first year all the material was donated for the pillow cases by Shriners’ wives and the ladies were able to deliver approximately 100 pillow cases and 30 draw sheets to the hospital along with other small items requested. The following year, the ladies added a bake sale to the Shriners Fish Fry to raise money for material. In 2017, the ladies wanted to expand, so they developed a basket raffle in conjunction with one of their nobles’ events. By word of mouth, people in the community heard about the Pender County Shrine Ladies group and the pillow case project and people began donating material from estates and storage to supplement the material purchased by the fundraising. Each year the hospital is contacted to ask about their needs. Pillow cases, draw sheets, pillows, and small items are delivered in late November or early December. This year the ladies should be able to deliver approximately 400 completed pillow cases in a variety of child friendly patterns for both boys and girls.

Noble Stan McKoy and Lady Janice making delivery of pillow cases to hospital

Ladies L to R: Kathleen McLaren, Darlene Peay, SHC-Greenville Representative and Melody Taylor

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