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Rotary sponsors ‘Pillow Pals’ project to benefit children, seniors

Debbie Buffington, Brandy Sandberg and Brenda Bickerman of Putnam County Rotary are among those who are involved with the "Pillow Pals" project the club has undertaken.
Debbie Buffington, Brandy Sandberg and Brenda Bickerman of Putnam County Rotary are among those who are involved with the "Pillow Pals" project the club has undertaken.

MARK — Each year, members of the Putnam County Rotary look for creative ways to help their community. For the past several years, the club has been awarded funds through grants from their district organization to help make these projects a reality.

The 2018-19 Rotary grant project is titled “Pillow Pals.”

This project began after a conversation PC Rotary President Brandy Sandberg had with the coordinator of the Toys in the Pantry project. This project provides toys to the children of families who use the PC Food Pantry. It was mentioned that many of the children said they’d be willing to trade their toys for a good pillow.

“This is one of those moments that made me realize how fortunate I am, yet so sad that the basic need, such as a pillow, sometimes is unattainable for some,” Sandberg said.

She added that pillows are a basic need, because sleep is a basic need, and that doctors believe a lack of sleep impairs cognitive function and leads to adverse physical conditions. Pillows, while important for all, are especially important for children and seniors.

Because food pantry clients representing children and seniors are at the highest risk of not being able to purchase a new pillow, the PC Rotary is happy announce they’re partnering with the PC Food Pantry along with other groups in the community.

Several churches and sewing groups will also be pitching in to help purchase or make pillowcases that will “wrap” these gifts. Sandberg said this is truly a community project and that the PC Rotary is excited to be getting so much support to make it successful.

For more information, send an email to putnamcountyrotary@gmail.com or visit one of Rotary’s weekly meetings, which are held on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at The Clover Club, in Mark.

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