Press Release | Sept. 8, 2009

Operation Kid Comfort Chosen as Banner Project for 9/11 National Day of Service

The 200+ volunteers gearing up for the three-hour quilt-making marathon at RFK Stadium on Sept. 11 aren’t seasoned “stack and whackers” or appliqué aficionados — most have never even touched a quilting needle. Still, these DC-area residents will commemorate the inaugural 9/11 National Day of Service by donating a few hours of their time to one of the Armed Services YMCA’s (ASYMCA) most popular programs: Operation Kid Comfort, which provides personalized quilts to children ages 6 and under who are having a hard time coping with the overseas deployment of their military mom or dad.

“Operation Kid Comfort plays an important role in comforting children from the grief of missing their deployed parent,” said ASYMCA Executive Director Frank Gallo. “ASYMCA is delighted that Greater DC Cares, the leading and largest coordinator of volunteerism in the region, has chosen Operation Kid Comfort as the flagship service project for its 9/11 National Day of Service events.” Operation Kid Comfort has created nearly 6,000 quilts since its start in 2003.

At the flagship event, more than 200 volunteers — including a group of regular Operation Kid Comfort quilters who will help oversee the project — will create 100 quilts for children all over the country. The quilts will bear images of each child’s deployed parent and will be sent to the children to sleep with, play with or just to look at when they miss their parents most.

In addition to the Operation Kid Comfort project, Greater DC Cares will have service opportunities with 50 other nonprofit organizations throughout the region. Greater DC Cares is expecting more than 2,200 volunteers to serve at its sponsored projects on the 9/11 National Day of Service, part of the United We Serve campaign.

To learn more about Operation Kid Comfort, visit www.www.asymca.org.

To learn more about opportunities to volunteer this summer and on Sept. 11, visit www.greaterdccares.org.

The United We Serve Campaign & 9/11 National Day of Service United We Serve is a national effort launched by President Obama to engage more Americans in serving their communities. The campaign began on June 22 as the President stated: “This summer, I’m calling on all of you to make volunteerism and community service part of your daily life and the life of this nation. Economic recovery is as much about what you’re doing in your communities as what we’re doing in Washington — and it’s going to take all of us, working together.”

The United We Serve initiative and the 9/11 National day of Service will rekindle the spirit of unity and compassion that was felt in the aftermath of 9/11.