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Boating club takes part in civic service projects

By Staff | Dec 19, 2019
PHOTO PROVIDED Member and toy collection founder John Findley with Nancy Cleaveland.
PHOTO PROVIDED Vicky Ross, with the America’s Boating Club of Sanibel-Captiva's “Pillowcase Ladies,” with the pillowcases made.

In early December, over 75 pillowcases were delivered to the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida as part of Ryan’s Case for Smiles. The endeavor the work of the America’s Boating Club of Sanibel-Captiva’s “Pillowcase Ladies,” who set up shop one day at St. Charles Yacht Club in Fort Myers. Those who could not sew cut fabric, turned seams or manned the ironing boards.

It was the second event this year spearheaded by the women.

Ryan’s Case for Smiles is a volunteer organization solely dedicated to helping hospitalized youth feel better to heal better. It started with a simple goal: to create and distribute whimsical pillowcases that give children an emotional boost and remind them that they are not defined by their illness.

In addition, the club recently hosted its annual Holiday Charter Party. Twenty-nine years ago, at the same party, member John Findley began a toy collection drive for families of The Heights Foundation. Each year, the club donates carloads of toys and hundreds of dollars to provide some holiday magic.

To participate in the next Ryan’s Case for Smiles event or to donate fabric or funding, call 612-987-2125 and leave a message. For more about Ryan’s Case for Smiles, visit caseforsmiles.org.