Quilters offer pieces of home to wounded warriors


Members of the Croatan Quilters Guild hold up some of the more than 130 pillow cases they made to send to wounded Marines and soldiers overseas. The effort was organized by Sgt. Maj. Holly Prafke, far right, who is sergeant major of Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 08:31 PM.

Sgt. Maj. Holly Prafke has been deployed overseas and knows how uplifting it was to have a little slice of home.

So Prafke, sergeant major of Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron at Cherry Point, organized a project for the Croatan Quilters Guild to make pillow cases for wounded warriors and warriors serving in Afghanistan.

"It’s nice to be handed a piece of home," Prafke said. "Our pillows are kind of shabby over there, and you put a nice case on it for the wounded or those sitting in the hospitals there, it’s nice. I know I liked mine when I got it at Christmas."

Prafke, who has been a member of the guild between deployments since 2005, said most of the Marines on deployment just stuff their pillows inside a T-shirt.

"She told us some stories about the guys in Afghanistan and the ones that get wounded, and it just influenced us so much that we decided to make pillow cases for these guys," said Barbara Lewis, president of the guild.

Member Vicky Garner said Prafke’s stories impacted the members.

"She’s done a few tours over in Afghanistan. She’s seen how it is for the wounded soldiers in the hospital in Germany," Garner said. "They’re transported with basically nothing and they’re given a basic pillow with no cover on it, so she thought it would be a good service organization thing for us to do to make pillow cases for the small pillows and also for the big pillows and send them to the hospital in Germany and then they can take it back to the front with them if they return to the front, but it’s theirs to keep and it’s just a little warmth from home, basically."

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