Volunteers across the country are helping some of our country's youngest heroes by stitching together a one-of-a-kind keepsake.
Personalized quilts and pillows for young children who are having a hard time coping while a parent is deployed overseas.
3-year-old Hannah really misses her dad right now. He’s been in Iraq for almost a year.
"She’s a real trooper. She knows her daddy is doing something real important but it's been a challenge." said Hannah’s mother Shellie.
Hannah talks to her dad on pretend and real phones but her mom was looking for something else to fill the void.
When she heard that volunteers with " Operation Kid Comfort " make quilts for military children with their parent' photos on it, it sounded perfect.
"I thought a blanket would be a way, this is a way of daddy hugging you kind of thing. Knowing she's been with him before and he'll be back again kind of thing i think is what comforts her." said Shellie
Cathy Jung knows how comforting these quilts can be. She got one for her son Nathan when his dad was in Afghanistan.
"When he needed that extra piece of security he had something to hold onto while daddy was away." said Cathy.
Volunteers around the country have stitched and sewn 7,000 personalized quilts over the last 6 years and sent them free of charge to children under the age of six all over the country.
Hannah and her mom are counting down the days until their quilt arrives.
Operation Kid Comfort is a program of the armed services YMCA.
Each quilt and pillow is made only when requested.
If you would like to request a quilt or volunteer to make one visit the group's website at:
Originally posted on myfoxboston.com