Operation Pocket Field Pillow (PFP)

Why I don’t lose alot of sleep over money

Posted on: April 14, 2011

Operation PFP has been in full swing for 26 months, and each time we’ve been down to double digits in the bank, I get nervous. Not bite-my-nails-wring-my-hands-sigh-out-loud nervous, just a little twitchy. And each time, sure enough, within days, a check appears. And it’s always in the nick of time — which tells me there’s more at work here than our volunteers.

Even as I was lamenting our low funds over the past week or so, someone was stroking a check. And not just one someone, either.

In all, a total of five checks have rolled in during the last week. I spoke to members of Delta Kappa Gamma in Portsmouth a few weeks back — 2 checks came in. Barb Gray, my friend in NJ, rang to say that Linda Weissman’s group had another donation for us and, oh yeah, there’s another group at school (Matawan-Aberdeen Middle School) that wants to help, too. In roll 2 more checks.

Then my good friend, Kimberly Benton (a fellow gym rat) drops off another check from the kids at Covenant UMC – and tells me the kids are ready to stuff pillows again after church.

Now that the 3rd BCT has deployed, we’ve just received names & numbers of troops from our contacts back at FT Drum. Six boxes were shipped yesterday, and another 5 go out tomorrow. All we need is another 400 field pillows finished to send one to every soldier in 2-87 IN, and then we’ll start shipping to 1-32 IN (my son’s battalion). And all those checks will go toward shipping all those boxes.

And that’s why I don’t lose a whole lot of sleep when we’re low on funds. Because there’s more at work here than just us.


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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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