Tenafly’s JCC Campers Bring Cheer to Children with Cancer
Over the summer, the big-hearted campers, second grade and up, at the Neil Klatskin Day Camp at The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly, transformed their day camp into a pillowcase factory, making pillowcases for children with cancer. Teaming up with ConKerr Cancer: A Case for Smiles and a group of eager volunteers, philanthropists young and old quickly got to work, setting up five sewing machines, enabling them to help these charitable campers make over 200 pillowcases. The generous donation was then delivered to Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck for distribution.
The more senior campers and volunteers worked one-on-one as brightly colored fabrics were chosen to create cheerful pillowcases, while younger campers made and decorated meaningful cards to accompany the pillowcases.
Launched by Cindy Kerr, ConKerr Cancer: A Case for Smiles is a non-profit organization that collaborates with other clubs, associations, and groups, whose mission is to brighten up the hospital rooms of ill children. Sewing pillowcases herself, it began as a humble attempt to bring joy to her son Ryan, who, after being diagnosed with cancer, had spent long periods of time in the hospital. When she discovered how happy the pillows made her son, Kerr began making them for other sick children as well. Kerr’s once humble efforts has sparked a surge of positive feedback, largely due to the visibility provided by being recognized by Martha Stewart and awarded the grand prize in Stewart’s “Dreamers into Doers” contest. Kerr’s program now has chapters of ConKerr Cancer: A Case for Smiles around the world.
Members of the Neil Klatskin Day Camp at The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly were more than happy to work alongside ConKerr Cancer and aid their efforts to put a smile on the face of those who need it most.
Tenafly’s Neil Klatskin Day Camp Camp Director and volunteer sewer Stacy Budkofsky said, “We were so happy to partner with ConKerr Cancer and to involve our campers in such a fun and meaningful project. One of our key camp missions is to encourage our young participants to think and care about others so they grow up with a desire to give back to their communities. It is never too early to start and our campers were so proud to make things themselves that they could give to other children, knowing it would cheer them up and put a smile on their face. It was a meaningful and rewarding day at camp for everyone!”