Volunteers sought to make 'superhero' masks for kids getting hospital scans PDF Print E-mail
Written by KAREN NADLER COTA Sentinel Lifestyles Editor   
Thursday, 27 June 2013 09:06
Here is one of Linda Peiffer’s masks under construction. Meant for Spiderman, it features the black spider web weaving through red fabric. (Photo provided)
ConKerr Cancer Northwest Ohio Chapter, which several months ago asked area residents to make pillowcases for hospitalized children, has had a "tremendous" participation response, according to Linda Peiffer, chapter coordinator.
"So much so that I asking that you temporarily stop making them and let the demand for them catch up to the supply," she suggested to those who have been working on the volunteer project.
Peiffer said she has expanded the outreach to more area community hospitals, and is planning to contact Wood County Hospital to see if they would like some of the pillowcases for their patients.
But the current plan is to scale back the pillowcase project for the summer and gear up again for ConKerr's Miles of Pillowcases promotion which takes place every September.
In the meantime, the chapter is putting a new project into the works.  
"Recently one of our hospitals requested that we make some type of 'superhero' item for young children who have just had a CT scan, MRI, or an x-ray, to designate their courage. What we came up with is superhero masks made out of felt. They are simple and inexpensive to make and are so cute," said Peiffer.
"Just imagine a child facing a scary procedure and hospital personnel being able to calm, distract and reward the child with one of these neat masks."
The superhero masks for which she has patterns and instructions to follow as a general guideline are for Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Ironman, Spiderman and Wolverine.
"There are also lots of other ideas and patterns if you do an internet search.  I've found princess masks, animal masks, Angry Birds just to name a few," Peiffer added.
She especially likes a pattern for princess crowns developed by Jessica Anderson, "which I thought could be adapted to make Wonder Woman crowns." Here is a link to Anderson's blog:  http://www.cutesycrafts.com/2012/07/superhero-party-masks.html.
And for those who have embroidery sewing machines, here is a pattern that one can purchase to make embroidered princess masks: http://www.etsy.com/listing/81226837/in-the-hoop-princess-mask-set-embroidery.
For more information about the other patterns, call Peiffer at (419) 619-9071 or (419) 491-4722 or write to her at ConKerr Cancer Northwest Ohio Chapter, 1314 N. Orchard Beach Drive, Port Clinton, OH  43452.

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