Operation Pocket Field Pillow (PFP)

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Two of our regular sewers (to the left is my mom)

For our last sew-in at Beazley, we worked feverishly trying to get as many pillows completed and ready to ship as possible. The folks at the center even planned a lunch for us – and it was GREAT!

Daughter Leah is practically hidden behind a wall of ACU pillows

We heard through the grapevine that the 1st Infantry Division out of Fort Riley KS needed some travel pillows. We spread the word and had more than our usual share of volunteers.

Lastly, my 2 youngest and a neighbor help carry the boxes out on their way to Afghanistan. The boxes will be there in about 2 weeks or so.



It’s not always easy to contact folks up at FT Drum. And sometimes it does get old explaining again and again about our project, trying to verify that I really am who I say I am, yes, I really am a 10th Mountain mom, and asking for personal information about our troops; things would be a whole lot easier if I were physically in NY, and could just walk in and introduce myself. So I was pleased and surprised when I contacted the PAO (Public Affairs Office) at FT Drum, and my contact there, Jennifer Caprioli, referred me to the folks at Division for help with coordination. Since Jenn is a writer, she also suggested writing an article about Operation PFP, and that might help spread the word about the project.

I found Jenn’s article online, and thought I’d share. She did a wonderful job and I love the photos she used. And it certainly did spread the word. I’ve spent all day answering emails and reading comments from folks around the country.

Unfortunately, it’s really hard for folks to join us at one of our sew-ins when they live 1,000 miles away 🙂

I do have several suggestions for folks though; if you have a troop deployed: don’t forget to write to your soldier at least once a week, send him photos of your family, newspaper clippings, magazines, anything that helps him stay connected. If you don’t have a loved one deployed, find one of your own. Contact a Chaplain at the nearest post or base. Ask how you can adopt a troop. And devote some time at least once every day to your troop; keep a care package going and add to it when you find goodies you think he or she might like; always include a letter asking if anything special is needed or wanted, send a drawing the kids made in school, remind your troop that folks back home care and want him or her to come home safely.

If you are outside Virginia, and want to start a pillow project of your own — great! Find the appropriate fabric for your sailor, soldier, marine or airman online. Gather up some funds, buy the fabric and premium polyester polyfil (we only use Fairfield stuffing), decide on the pillow size (we like 10″ x 12″), cut your fabric and make some pillows. Again, contact a local post Chaplain or USO, and ask for help getting your pillows to our troops.

Our friends at Soldiers’ Angels can always use help, and they have chapters all over the U.S. Or visit the Soldiers’ Angels website. They always have ongoing projects that folks across the world can participate in, whether you want to adopt a troop or make a blanket for a wounded soldier. Spread the word to your friends, co-workers and the folks at church.

Together, we will continue to let our troops know that they are not forgotten. And we won’t stop til they all come home.

Someone’s always doing something at my house with ACU; making strips into key chains, cutting pillows, stuffing, packing, writing out those pesky customs forms…

When Nick visited us on his way to FT Gordon for training, he brought his sweetheart (and my beautiful new daughter-in-law) Christine.  No visit to our house is ever complete without a few fresh baked chocolate chips cookies — along with a little cutting or stuffing  🙂

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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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