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GUILDS WILL MAKE PUPPETS FOR ILL CHILDREN

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To create thousands of hand puppets for seriously ill children, the "Sew a Smile . . . Send in the Clowns" program is being launched this fall by the American Sewing Guild (ASG), a national group of sewing enthusiasts.

From Sept. 1 through Nov. 1, free patterns and instructions for a simple hand puppet will be available from the American Sewing Guild. Puppets collected by the 72 Guild chapters will be distributed by hospitals and charities in the communities where the puppets were made.Inspiration for "Sew a Smile" comes from the Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit. A not-for-profit performing arts organization, The Big Apple Circus arranges for professional performers with clowning skills to visit children at New York City hospitals, providing much-needed smiles and laughter.

"Sew a Smile" is supported by sewing and craft retailers, the American Home Sewing Association, Hobby Industries of America and Girls Scouts of the U.S.A.

For a copy of the pattern and the address of the nearest Guild chapter, please send a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

The American Sewing Guild

"Sew a Smile" Puppet Pattern

P.O. Box 50976

Indianapolis, IN 46250-0976

All completed puppets should be submitted by Nov. 1 to the nearest American Sewing Guild chapter.

For more information on the Clown Care Unit, please contact:

The Big Apple Circus

220 West 42nd Street

New York, NY 10036