Quilters offer pieces of home to wounded warriors

Published: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 08:31 PM.

The group has made more than 130 pillow cases to send to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, where injured service men and women are sent to recover from battlefield injuries.

Prafke said the project is being called Operation Southern Comfort. A sheet of paper will be sent with each case: "The pillow case enclosed brings the comforts of home to our military. Lay your head to rest and have no worries. Small town America appreciates your sacrifices. Hand made by women who are in some way related to military personnel whether friend or family who understand our battles personal or physical. So we thank you."

Member Mary Henris said many in the organization have ties to the Marine Corps.

"A lot of the members of the guild are Marine wives, or Marines or have been Marines," she said. "A lot of us are very patriotic and appreciate what the men and women are doing, and we enjoy doing it. There’s great camaraderie here."

Prafke said that the cases were being sent to the Chaplain Corps at the hospital.

"They do have a shortage of the pillow cases," she said. "So, we’re going to send them right to them and if they like them we’re going to send more because it didn’t take but 30 days to do about 130 some odd pillow cases now."

The fabric came from members’ personal remnants from past sewing projects.

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