Operation Pocket Field Pillow (PFP)

MOAA Hampton Roads Chapter helps Operation PFP

Posted on: January 26, 2010

CAPT Loren Heckelman, USN Ret, briefs the members attending the Toys for November Tots Luncheon on the Pocket Field Pillows program.

This program was started by Carol Armstrong of Chesapeake, who has a son deployed to the deeper regions of Afghanistan. She has created Operation PFP.

This effort involves making Pocket Field Pillows (PFPs), embroidering them with a yellow ribbon, and shipping them to our Soldiers. The pillows can be stuffed in the pants pocket of the BDU uniform. To date almost 3,000 have been made and distributed to over a dozen units. They have been so well received that units are asking for more.

This effort continues with the investment in time, materials, and dollars by many community groups and companies. Currently over 100 volunteer crafters in the Tidewater area donate their time to help cut fabric, sew and stuff pillows. Since all fabric is now donated, funds are used for pillow stuffing and shipping boxes to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Your HRCMOAA encourages support for this effort. For those who want to make a donation or contribute in some other way, Carol can be reached carol@justforbabygifts.com

Our sincere thank you goes to the ladies of the Suburban Womens Club of Virginia Beach, who volunteered to help sew some of the hundreds of yards of Polartec fabric to make PFPs to send to our wounded troops after reading the above article MOAA published in their January 2010 newsletter. Thank you, ladies!

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Operation PFP is made possible in part by my small business, Just For Baby Gifts, donations of ACU by the Carlisle Finishing Plant, fleece donated by Polartec, supplies donated by Brother International, and by the untold hours of work by hundreds of proud and grateful American volunteers.

...til they all come home
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