Santa Claus Came to Town!
What a perfect way to end our corporate outreach for 2022! Ryan’s Case for Smiles was honored to be chosen as the service component of Wanhua Chemical’s holiday party. Team members and their families sewed pillowcases with our wonderful volunteers with SMILES all around. The festivities included making gingerbread houses and even a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus! Thank you to Audrey from Wanhua Chemical for your vision of a joyous celebration that included making an impact in the lives of children and families at a time when they need it most.
The last time our Founder Cindy Kerr stood in front of this extra special Christmas tree was in December of 2017 when she was surprised with Super Bowl tickets by then head coach Doug Pederson. As an Eagles Care Partner, it felt great to be back at the NovaCare Center doing what we love, working together in service with the Eagles families in support of the children served by our mission. This wonderful crew created 50 Coping Boxes for siblings of children suffering from life-changing illnesses or injuries. Taylor and Sam from the Eagles organized a wonderful morning filled with holiday spirit and more good memories for us to cherish.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
As a precursor to their holiday party, this energetic team from Merck sewed pillowcases for Ryan’s Case for Smiles. With limited sewing experience but no lack of joy in their hearts, a great afternoon was had by all! Want to schedule a team building event? Link for more information: www.caseforsmiles.org/team-building/
Philanthropy at its finest!
The holiday music was playing setting the tone for a perfect sewing event with the brothers of Alpha Kappa Psi at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. The pillowcases this philanthropic group created will make for an extra special hospital holiday delivery as the children who receive them will no doubt feel the love that was put into every stitch!
She is one in a million!
Please join us in congratulating our very own Janice Hamilton, Case for Smiles Southeast Louisiana coordinator. She was recently recognized as the People’s Health Champion by People’s Health and the New Orleans Saints for her philanthropic work. She was also selected as the 2022 Ryan’s Case for Smiles JoAnn Shaw award winner recognizing outstanding service. Well done and well earned Janice!!
What a day!
We had an AMAZING day Ryan’s Case for Smiles had with this EXTRAORDINARY team from Affiliated Distributors in Wayne, PA. This philanthropic group raised $9,510 which funded their Giving Back Day enabling them to sew 125 pillowcases and to create 125 Coping Boxes. Our hearts and “cupboard” are full. Read more about this spectacular event involving our Indianapolis chapter as well here.
Time to Celebrate!
Celebrating 15 Years of Helping Kids Feel Better to Heal Better!
When Cindy created the first pillowcase for Ryan, a hamburger themed one, she could not imagine it would spark a movement that would inspire thousands of volunteers and donors to get involved, Today, as we celebrate 15 years as an organization, we are thankful for each and every one of YOU who have given so generously of your time, talent and treasure to help provide comfort and support to children with cancer and other life-changing illnesses and injuries. Thank you for being a part of the ‘tidal wave’ of support!
Miles of Pillowcase Smiles
2.5 MILLION Pillowcases Delivered and Counting!
“Nothing makes me happier than a pile full of pillowcases!” Founder, Cindy Kerr
Or in this case, a MOUNTAIN or two! Our hearts are full as we celebrate this incredible accomplishment! Thank you to our board, coordinators, volunteers, donors and corporate partners who have been with Ryan’s Case for Smiles every step of the way cheering us on and selflessly supporting our mission! This HUGE smile says it all! Your kindness has helped Ryan’s Case for Smiles bring this kind of joy to so many children every day through the delivery of our whimsical pillowcases which act as the vessel for information about our coping resources for their families. #gratefulforyou
2022 Team Buildings are in Full Swing!
Gather your crew for a rewarding day of team building while fostering camaraderie among your employees! Each corporate team building event is custom tailored for your organization, helping to strengthen the collaboration between team members while giving back to the local community. By partnering with Ryan’s Case for Smiles you will be helping us bring comfort to children in need and coping resources to their families at a time when they need them most. For more information click here or contact Cindy Berlacher at Cberlacher@caseforsmiles.org.
PRESS RELEASES & NEWSLETTERS
- MLTV – Mainline Network: Executive Director Missy Lusk Featured on 30 Minutes With Mark Anthony? (May 2020)
- The Philadelphia Inquirer: Is this my last Christmas? (December 2017)
- Today Show: A mom helps sick kids, one pillowcase at a time (November 2015)
- PR Newswire: Ryan’s Case for Smiles Named a Mutual of America 2015 Community Partnership Award Winner (November 2015)
- The Philadelphia Inquirer: On Coping with Pediatric Illness (October 2015)
- PhillyVoice: Power of the pillowcase: How one local org is sewing for smiles and PTSD awareness (September 2015)
- One Millionth Pillowcase Celebration (September 2015)
- Sew News: Operation ConKerr Cancer (August 2014)
- CHOP Annual Report: A Case for Comfort (2012)
- Family Circle: Comfort & Joy (June 2011)