Little Michael's Pillowcases

A year ago in January 2017,  "Little Michael" Costello had the honor of dropping off over 300 pillowcases to Ryan's Case for Smiles for his Boy Scout Eagle Project. He worked on this for over a year while he was in and out of the hospital battling rejection issues associated with a Heart Transplant.
The Case for Smiles organization was near and dear to Michael's heart.  They are one of the few organizations dedicated to helping kids feel better to heal better.  While other organizations focus on research and finding a cure, Case for Smiles works to improve the quality of life of children and their families.  They deliver bright, cheerful pillowcases to children in hospitals throughout the country who are undergoing treatment.  These pillowcases help them cope while bringing a little joy into their lives.  Little Michael received almost 100 pillowcases over the previous 7 years while he battled complications to a congenital heart condition.  He was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and seemed to be flourishing after 3 successful surgeries while he was a baby.  When he was 7 years old, he was diagnosed with Protein Losing Enteropathy which changed his entire life.  He soon found himself spending so much time at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia that it became a second home to him.  These pillowcases became something that he excitedly looked forward to each time he had to have a treatment and stay in the hospital.  He soon stopped worrying about the procedures and seemed to find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow every time he received a new pillowcase.   His smiles were heartwarming!

When Michael was 13, he became a Boy Scout Life Scout and was able to pick an Eagle Scout project.  There was no hesitation in his decision to make pillowcases for other sick children.  He wanted to give that same feeling of home and happiness to as many other kids as he could while they had to spend time in the hospital.  He wanted to make them smile as brightly as he did.  

After Little Michael's project was finished, he purchased his very own sewing machine so that he could continue sewing pillowcases to make even more kids smile.  This was not just an Eagle Scout Project for him, it was going to be a lifelong project of giving smiles.  Unfortunately, Michael never had the opportunity to use his new machine.  He passed away a week shy of his 15th birthday on March 11, 2017.  His 16th Birthday would have been March 19, 2018.  So, this year for his birthday, we would like to hold a Sew Day to make pillowcases in his honor.  Please, won't you help donate so that we can purchase the supplies needed for this Sew Day to be held in March 2018.  Every little bit helps.  On average, it takes $11 to make one pillowcase.  I think we can do it for much less.  Our goal is to earn enough to purchase supplies to match the 300+ pillowcase that Michael made for his Eagle Project.  

Any donation is greatly appreciated. 

Smiles will be your reward!

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Patti Costello 
Coatesville, PA
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