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LCC assists sick children with pillows

LCC assists sick children with pillows
The Lookout

By Aaron Emerson
Editor in Chief

Often times, it can be the smallest thing that helps a child in need.

That is why LCC is partnering with the Olivia Kay Foundation to provide positioning pillows to children with diverse needs in hospital pediatric units.

The “Pillows for a Purpose” event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Gannon Student Commons. LCC officials have set a goal to create 1,000 pillows for needy children.

LCC students, faculty and all community members are invited to the event.

LCC Assistant Professor of History Anne Heutsche is helping to organize the event. This is the fourth year LCC has held a similar event.

Heutsche said helping children in need is something on the hearts of many at LCC.

“For many families, this is a time of fear, uncertainty and strangeness,” Heutsche said. “By providing positioning pillows to these families, it fills a direct medical need.

“On another level, we hope that we are giving children and their families a small … object, in this case a pillow, that tells families they are not alone in a time of need.”

All event attendees will be provided with pillow-making instructions, snacks and pizza. All pillows made at LCC will be donated to the Olivia Kay Foundation, which will then distribute the pillows to hospitals throughout Michigan.

The pillows will serve pediatric patients who have been admitted to intensive care units and regular pediatric floors at 14 different hospitals.

“In the end, we strongly feel that this work is essential and integral to the mission of Lansing Community College,” Heutsche said. “As a higher learning institution, we hope to prepare students to not only have meaningful lives and careers … (but also to prepare) engaged community members.”

“Pillows for a Purpose” is a collaborative effort of LCC Student Life, the LCC Foundation, Health and Human Services Divisional Office, Health and Human Services Child Development and Early Education, Office of Advancement and External Affairs, Experience #StarPower Employee Appreciation, and community partner Catholic Community of St. Jude.

For more information call Heutsche at (517) 483-1037.

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