Operation Pocket Field Pillow (PFP)

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Posted on: March 18, 2012

With the outpouring of requests from folks who read Jennifer Caprioli’s article and passed it along to their Facebook friends, we have way more requests for our ACU field pillows than we have folks who work on them.

If you’ve offered to help, wonderful! If you’re local to the Tidewater area, or know someone who is, and would like to volunteer to help us make pillows, we’d love to have you. If you’ve emailed me and asked me to send pillows to your Soldier’s unit, judging from the requests, it may take us awhile for us to get to your troop.

If you’d like to begin your own pillow project, great! I’ve been telling folks to look for ACU fabric online; you won’t find it in any retail store. And there’s a good reason we choose the same ACU that our troops wear; it’s tough, strong, dense, and durable. That stuff wears like iron — and that’s just what our troops need.

Our field pillows are travel size, about 10″ x 12″. We use only premium polyfil by the Fairfield Processing Corporation; you can find it in any WalMart. Don’t even try to hand sew this stuff; save your hand sewing for the fleece pillows we send to Landstuhl. Just machine sew them shut after stuffing. Don’t even think about getting the cheap stuff; in this case, you most definably get what you pay for. A 50 oz. bag of stuffing will fill 18-20 of our pillows.

If you’re not sure about starting your own pillow project, but want to show your support, contact a chaplain at the nearest post, and ask how you can help. Contact your nearest USO, contact Soldiers’ Angels.

Speaking of which…

Do you know anyone who lives in Germany, near Landstuhl? My contact with Soldiers’ Angels there says they have a really hard time finding volunteers to help unpack boxes of goodies that have been sent for our wounded (including boxes of our pillows). If you know someone who lives near the hospital, and would be willing to become an Angel, please tell them to wander on over and sign up.

Our troops need all the Angels they can get.

 

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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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