The ASYMCA Surprises Four Year Old Military Child at Pre-School with his OKC Quilt While His Father is Deployed to Afghanistan

Press Release (edited for web) 10/17/2013
The Armed Services YMCA Surprises Four Year Old Military Child at Pre-School with His Operation Kid Comfort Quilt while His Father is Deployed to AfghanistanGiselle Schneider, the Armed Services YMCA Program Director for Operation Kid Comfort, will be making a surprise Operation Kid Comfort quilt presentation to a little boy whose father is currently deployed to Afghanistan in partnership with his mother and school.The surprise presentation will be at Golden Pond Pre-school in Ashburn, VA on Friday, Oct 18th from 10:30am to 11am.

Armed Services YMCA’s Operation Kid Comfort is a free program that offers a military child a connection to their deployed parent. The personalized quilt is a tangible item for a young military child to hold, touch and connect with that is tailored with favorite family photos and memories that are memorialized forever.   It also affords the ASYMCA quilting volunteers the opportunity to get know each family that they are trying to help through their treasured photos and activities. Each quilt costs $45 dollars of materials and eight hours of volunteer time. The ASYMCA also thanks our donors SAIC and the Fort Belvoir Catholic Community for their longstanding support of this local Virginia-based and nationally run program.

Media is invited to attend the event but the preschool director needs to know what type of media is coming to the school for safety so please email to RSVP if you would like to attend the presentation. Post event photos and video are also available upon request.

About the Armed Services YMCA


The non-profit Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) provides no and low-cost programs to make military life easier for nearly 500,000 active-duty enlisted military and their families each year at 31 branches and affiliates nationwide. Innovative, direct services are tailored to the needs of local military installations nationwide with the help of 13,000 volunteers in addition to community and military support. The ASYMCA was rated in the top 2% of charities nationwide by Charity Navigator in 2012. Of the 1.2M Active Duty military stationed in the US, approximately 82% are located where the ASYMCA has a Branch or Affiliate nearby to help make military life easier.  The ASYMCA does not receive government funding, and does not charge dues or membership fees for their programs.  Your tax deductible donation to the ASYMCA, a top-rated non-profit, will make a significant difference impact on the lives of enlisted service members and their families. Please visit to learn more.