The Fort Belvoir Eagle | Jan. 5, 2012
Fort Belvoir youth with deployed parents will be able to have a quilt or pillow made to remember that Family member thanks to the Army Community Service Mobilization/Deployment and Readiness programs’ pending partnership with Operation Kid Comfort.
Operation Kid Comfort, which is run by the Armed Services YMCA, creates custom-made quilts and pillows for children of deployed U.S. military personnel.
Photos of the deployed parent are printed onto fabric and sewn into the quilt or pillow. Each child received a quilt/pillow depending on age. Children 6 and younger receive a quilt, 7 and older receive a pillow. Both quilts and pillows contain pictures of the deployed parent.
“Each one is personalized to the child in that it has the child’s name, the operation kid comfort logo and it has the military seal of the branch their parent serves in,” said Operation Kid Comfort program manager, Giselle Schneider.
With each quilt and pillow that is sent, a card that has the child’s name and a picture of the child with their dad or mom is included. On the inside of the card is a script where the quilt or pillow is talking to the child saying “this is for you, personalized for you.” The card is included so the child knows the quilt or pillow is theirs, according to Schneider.