Project Sunshine started its Sunshine Sewer chapters in August 2013. In less than two
years, over forty dedicated Sunshine Sewer volunteers who have made almost 1,000
Surgi Dolls, baby blankets, pillowcases and other handmade donations!
Jamie Perrault, a student at New Mexico State University (NMSU), was among the first
Sunshine Sewers. She has organized sewing parties for members of the Association of
Family and Consumer Sciences at NMSU where they make Surgi Dolls for children
facing medical challenges across the nation. "My major is in clothing and textiles so I
am hoping to find more people who love to sew and want to use it to benefit a wonderful
cause!" Jamie says. Today the chapter has 15 members and is growing.
Zelda Lubart, affectionately known as "The Surgi Doll Lady", has been sewing Surgi
Dolls for Project Sunshine for years. One of her signature creations are dolls with a
playful patterned fleece on one side, which are incredibly popular among hospitals.
Through her long history with Project Sunshine, Zelda has made hundreds of dolls,
blankets and pillow cases, some of which were even brought by Project Sunshine staff
to the orphans in China. Zelda also recruited her equally talented friend Linda Rosenthal
in Florida to make knitted items for Project Sunshine every summer. "A child�s smile
makes my heart sing," Zelda says.
In Albany, NY, the members of Seniors on the Go, the senior ministry at the Capital
Area Council of Churches in Albany, were introduced to Project Sunshine by the council
intern Chelsea Carson, a former Project Sunshine Iona College volunteer. One of the
volunteers does the stitching for all the dolls while the others fill them with stuffing.
When asked what the experience means to the volunteers at Seniors on the Go,
Chelsea said, "Giving back to the community through Project Sunshine has a very
special meaning to each of these ladies. They are able to touch so many lives right from
their community room, and it has filled them with such joy and purpose to do so."
These are just a few of the many Sunshine Sewers who help Project Sunshine spread
joy and play worldwide!