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Operation Kid Comfort

Helping Military Children Cope During Deployments

Operation Kid Comfort provides quilts and pillow cases to military children of deployed active duty service men and women. Volunteers lovingly create hand-crafted, custom photo-transfer quilts and pillow cases to help children cope with the stress and loneliness that comes with being separated from a parent during deployment. 

Program Info & Eligibility

  • Operation Kid Comfort is only available for active duty military, reserve and national guard families with children 0-12 years old.
  • The quilts and pillowcases are offered at no or low cost depending on the location; however military families are asked to pay for shipping. In some locations, the item(s) can be picked up at a local branch.
  • Items are only mailed within the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii.


If you are stationed at a military installation served by one of the four ASYMCA Branches below, click your branch location and follow their instructions on how to submit a request. Only military families stationed at these locations will be served by the local branch.

If you are stationed anywhere else in the continental United States and Hawaii, then click this link or the Camp Pendleton box below. There is a $5.00 Program Fee per Child and $15.00 Shipping Fee.


The Armed Services YMCA is committed to expanding this volunteer-led initiative. For just $100, help us invest in the emotional health and well-being of a military child. Donate now.

We need more volunteers! To volunteer to make Operation Kid Comfort quilts and pillow cases, click here.



“My sister came home from the hurricane evacuation to find a beautiful quilt. It had her in tears to come home to such comfort.  My nephew has had a very difficult time during his father’s deployment and none of the experts on base could help. My sister was told he was too young to know that his father was gone, but we all know that isn’t true. The letter saying it is okay to cry and miss him really helped both of them. This good work means the world to the people you are helping. Thank you.” – military family member

"I contacted Operation Kid Comfort before my husband deployed looking for things to comfort our 3-year-old daughter.  When the quilt arrived, I was in tears. I cannot tell you how wonderful this quilt is. My daughter has not let it out of her sight. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I want you all to know the difference you have made in our lives with this quilt. We are smiling ear to ear!"military spouse