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Presentation Sisters and friends show off their heart shaped pillows.
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Presentation Sisters distribute 325 handmade pillows

When Cathy Pickerel, Sisters of the Presentation volunteer coordinator, asked the Sisters at the Motherhouse in San Francisco if they would like to take on another sewing project, their response was without hesitation a resounding Yes!

Sister Maryann Healy, PBVM, above, left, and Sister Eileen Canelo, PBVM, stitch the pillows with care.

Last year, they had made 120 pillow cases. This year, the project was making heart-shaped pillows, and just like last year, to give to children whom Sister Bernice Gotelli, PBVM, ministers with as Chaplain at Children's Hospital and Research Center in Oakland, as well as to women and children in safe houses and shelters.

On June 8, the Sisters and volunteers set to work stuffing pillows, hand stitching the closures and adding beribboned tags: "Especially for you from the Sisters of the Presentation and their friends."

They wondered how long the whole process would take. Surprisingly, in less than an hour and a half, they were able to enjoy the fruits of their labor! There were two more pillow-making sessions before they were distributed during the Christmas season. This year, the Sisters and volunteers made a record 325 heart-shaped pillows!

Sister Bernice gave 100 pillows to her patients, while Nurse Nancy Noonan of the Oncology Unit of the Children's Hospital gave 50 heart-shaped pillows to child cancer patients.

On Dec. 16, Sister Rosina Conrotto, PBVM, and Pickerel distributed pillows at Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, in San Francisco. Pickerel says they handed out 70 pillows directly to the guests in the Stroke Victims and Dementia Neighborhoods of Laguna Honda who gratefully burst into smiles as they received the heart-shaped pillows.

Earlier in December, Pickerel distributed pillows at the JW House in Santa Clara which serves as a respite residence for families whose loved ones are receiving care at the Kaiser Hospital. Pickerel says one woman who was taking a break from visiting her husband in the Cardiac Unit was delighted to receive a heart-shaped pillow with a fishes print because in India, her husband's family is called River Fish People. She was doubly comforted to learn that Sisters of the Presentation also serve in her native India.

For information regarding current ministries and activities of the Sisters of the Presentation, please visit the website at www.presentationsisterssf.org.

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