Love a stranger as thyself. Leviticus 19:18 Judaism encourages the giving of loving kindness to others. More than 250 artists have shown tender loving care with their creative pillowcase designs over the last several years. Artists, fifth grade through twelfth grade, stencil paint pillowcases that are filled with a stuffed animal, a book, toothbrush and toothpaste, underwear and socks and given to a child, age 2-15, before he/she enters Marion County Foster Care.

Artists from all over the area have participated, Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation has been the largest supporter for over 10 years. North Central High School English Department and Best Buddies program, Girl Scout Troops, IHC Mitzvah Day, and several B’nai Mitzvahs used this as their mitzvah project.

The Children’s Bureau and Department of Children Services YES Program distribute the filled pillowcases to children as they are placed with a foster family. Whether the child uses the pillowcase to place their head on or to house their special things will be their choice. We hope they find comfort with their new items and treasure them knowing that another child painted the pillowcase especially for them.