Calling all quilters! The Fort Bragg Armed Services YMCA needs your services.
The organization recently received a request for 250 quilts as part of its Operation Kid Comfort program, according to Lisa Kotson, event coordinator, Fort Bragg ASYMCA.
“The ASYMCA Operation Kid Comfort creates custom-made quilts and pillows for children of deployed U.S. military personnel to help address the emotional stress they suffer during a parent’s absence from home from multiple yearlong deployments,” Kotson said.
OKC is a nationwide program that began at Fort Bragg after a grandmother saw a need in her Family. She noticed her grandson carrying around a picture of his father during the service member’s deployment and coordinated with the ASYMCA to create OKC.
“We’re doing the Operation Kid Comfort for all five branches of service, and we have over 40 states and overseas that we are providing the quilts for,” explained Kotson.
The quilts are provided to children free of charge. All those aged 6 and younger receive a quilt, while ages 7 and up are gifted with a decorative pillowcase. Both items have photographs of the child’s deployed loved one.
However, the ASYMCA cannot provide these sources of comfort without the assistance of volunteers, emphasized Kotson.
She said the ASYMCA is looking for sewers and quilting guilds that may be interested in the program. The program provides all materials except for a sewing machine.
“We provide the batting, the fabric, the design,” Kotson said. “They can check out the quilts and then go home.”
All interested volunteers receive a quilting kit, which has everything a sewer needs to make the requested items. Quilters are welcome to check out more than one kit at a time to ensure all children who need one receive either a quilt or pillow.
The Fort Bragg ASYMCA is also in need of volunteers at their facility to help cut fabric and put the quilting kits together.
For more information, or to volunteer, email Daniella Iacono, OKC coordinator, Fort Bragg ASYMCA, at diacono@asymca.org.