Carolyn's Quilt Shop, 109 East Broad Street, Tamaqua, is participating in the One Million Pillowcase Challenge.

Carolyn Letzo, owner of the shop, said she found out about the challenge on the Internet and has been participating in it since March.

The One Million Pillowcase Challenge is sponsored by American Patchwork and Quilting. The Challenge is to make and collect one million pillowcases, which are to be donated to various charities.

The slogan for the Challenge is "Make a Pillowcase, Make a Difference."

"I chose to donate the pillowcases to the American Cancer Society," said Letzo, who has made and collected 110 pillowcases since she began participating in the Challenge. The official national count is over 216,00 pillowcases.

In addition to making her own pillowcases, Letzo noted she received a number of them from the Cranberry Quilters of Hazleton.

Judy Hoppes, Cancer Control Specialist for the Carbon-Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society, stopped by the shop on Wednesday, Dec. 15 to collect the pillowcases, which she said would be distributed to cancer patients and treatment centers.

Letzo said the Challenge will continue into 2011. Anyone who would like to contribute can drop off the pillowcases at the shop.

For more information, check www.allpeoplequilt.com/millionpillowcases on the web.