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Catonsville woman aims to comfort children not just during holidays
Foundation provides Pillow Pets to sick children at five area hospitals

By Brian Conlin, November 21, 2011 | 2:19 p.m.

A year after distributing 250 Pillow Pets to patients at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, Michele McFarland said she plans to triple that number this Christmas.

Already in charge of an army of 1,400 of the plush stuffed animals, the Catonsville resident said she intends to amass a large enough reserve so she can give them to young patients at five area hospitals no matter the season.

"We've been very busy in the last several months trying to figure out how to make this a year-round program," said McFarland, who started the Touching Lives With Comfort Foundation with her husband, Brian.

2011 Story on TLC from Catonsville Times


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In December 2010, Michele McFarland, a human resources worker for the Baltimore County Department of Social Services, and her family, all from Catonsville, Maryland, started a Pillow Pet drive to help children at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Their initial goal was to donate 200 of the stuffed toys, but they exceeded it by 25 percent, donating 250 Pillow Pets to the hospital in time for Christmas Eve. According to McFarland, residents of New York, New Jersey, Florida, and Georgia, in addition to residents of their state, contributed. A year later, it was announced that McFarland aimed to donate even more Pillow Pets to five hospitals, including Johns Hopkins, by Christmas. She became affiliated with the Casey Cares Foundation and ordered 1,400 Pillow Pets from CJ Products to help the hospitals.

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My Pillow Pets Blog:

Me and all my Pillow Pets friends believe that helping people is really, really important. (The people behind Pillow Pets believe that, too.) The McFarland family in Maryland feels the same way because they organized a Pillow Pet drive to benefit sick children at Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore. They collected over 200 Pillow Pets and delivered them to the hospital just before Christmas. We were so excited to see how happy Pillow Pets made all of the hospitalized kids!

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Catonsville family leads drive to donate Pillow Pets to children’s center
Stuffed animals fill need for patients at Johns Hopkins

By Brian Conlin, Catonsville Times Staff Writer | 12/24/10

Michele McFarland and her family don’t live in the North Pole, but they are certainly Santa’s helpers.

The Catonsville residents’ Pillow Pet Drive ensured about 200 patients at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center will have the gift of companionship for the holidays.

2010 Article from Maryland Family/Catonsville Times