Founded with the motto "They'll sleep better so we'll sleep better," a nonprofit group formed by a pair of Beaufort military moms aims to help troops deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan get a better night's rest.
Barbara Farrior was watching a segment on NBC's "The Today Show" last week about a Midland Park, N.J., sewing school that had sent more than 1,000 pillows to troops overseas. With her own son set to deploy to Iraq in less than two months, Farrior decided to take action.
"I called up a friend and asked if she wanted to sew some pillows," Farrior said. "I saw the pictures of those guys sleeping under Humvees and wherever they could and thought, 'You think you've had a bad night's sleep.' "
The end result is pillows which are custom-made for field conditions. Thus far, she's raised about $1000 for her efforts. Each pillow costs about $1.50 to make, but about twice that for shipping costs.
When contacted by the Blogland, Beaufort County State Representative Shannon Erickson had considerable praise for their efforts:
I am so honored to have folks in SC House District 124 who are so caring and innovative. A great collaborative between small business -Harris Pillow Company - and private citizens means huge success! We are blessed to have such fine men and women serving in our military, a pillow is just a small token of our thanks!
If you want to help out, you can contact Barbara Farrior at 843-525-9262 or email her: firstname.lastname@example.org.