Back-to-school pillowcases helping youngest tornado victims heal

EL RENO, Okla – A woman is making a difference in the lives of some of the youngest tornado victims. Recovery in the El Reno area has been slow and Fairy Holdge wanted to help.

She recruited members of her two sewing groups in Fort Cobb to help her make pillowcases for every child at Banner Schools. Holdge has two grandchildren that go to that school, and saw it as a way to help them and their friends heal.
Bree and Abby, Fairy's granddaughter

“Even the one’s where their homes weren’t hit, they can always be thinking ‘is something going to happen to us?’” Holdge said. “And we just hope that this makes them feel a little more secure.”

Holdge and her group made pillowcases for every student at Banner school, about 200 in all.  She gave them away at school enrollment on Tuesday. The group was also able to give away new pillows to each child, thanks to generous donations.

“So now we’re just hoping that kids in the banner school district, if it comes a stormy night or whatever, and they get scared that they’ll grab their pillows, give them a hug, know that this pillowcase is sewn with love.”

Classes start on Thursday for Banner School.