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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 offered to E1 to E5 active duty military families with children ages 0-12.
  • Children ages 6 and under receive a small quilt; Children ages 7-12 receive a pillow case.
  • Typically, quilts and pillow cases are free; however, in some cases, there may be a small fee to cover shipping.
  • Items are only mailed within the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii.
  • Requests will only be considered for military families stationed at an installation in the service area of one of our 12 ASYMCA Branches. We are unable to fulfill requests outside of our service area.
  • Not all ASYMCA Branches participate in Operation Kid Comfort. See request information below.


Impact

“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

Locations

There are four ASYMCA Branches below with dedicated volunteer quilting groups that fulfill Operation Kid Comfort requests. Requests are limited to military families stationed at the installations the Branch serves. Click your branch location to submit a request.

If you don't see your Branch location listed below, but you are stationed at an installation served by an ASYMCA Branch, click here. Please review the general program information on this page to verify eligibility. While we try to accommodate as many requests as possible, capacity is limited. Submission of an inquiry is not a guarantee we will be able to fulfill your request. Requests will only be considered for E1-E5 active duty families based at an installation that an ASYMCA Branch serves.

 

Opportunity

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.