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Comforting Kids: One Case at a Time

In the midst of the holiday season, the spirit of giving is all around. Nine-year-old Averee Hooper of Versailles, Mo., decided to make her season of giving a yearlong project, using her sewing skills to help kids with cancer.

Averee made her first pillowcase as a Missouri 4-H project for the Morgan County fair this past summer. After her grandmother died of cancer, Averee became determined to do something for others who suffer from cancer and other serious diseases.

She decided to make 57 pillowcases a month for a whole year for sick children in local hospitals. So far, Averee has made more than 200 pillowcases.

“Averee’s project has just grown phenomenally from this one little pillowcase that she made as her first project in sewing,” said University of Missouri Extension 4-H youth specialist Mary Anne Patten. “She brought it to the county fair, then it went to the state fair, and then she decided she was going to do these pillowcases for the children at the hospital.”

“It’s a lot of work. I try to keep up, but with school and everything it’s kind of hard,” she said

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