February 15, 2012 - Republican Women of SWLA

When soldiers are deployed overseas in countries like Afghanistan, they're given everything they need except a pillow.  That got the attention of the Republican Women's Club of Southwest Louisiana, so they partnered with One Touch Awakening, to create "project Pillows."

"Every pillow we send, we also send with a hug, said Becky Farque, club president.  "We package these pillows every first Tuesday of the month.  We try to send about fifty pillows out."

Major Jody Guidry served two tours of duty in Iraq and says the pillows are a nice surprise.

"A lot of times we received personal hygiene items and candy and goodies," said Guidry.  "But to receive a pillow in country that was given with a lot of attention and care, brings joy to a lot of soldiers."

The women say it's a way to let soldiers know they are being thought of back home.

"They can just lay on the pillow and know that there's a group just praying for them," said Lana Hafner.  "All of our pillows have monogrammed One Touch.  Inside the pillow is a label that says 'One touch from God is greater than all the world can offer.'  So it's meant to be an encouragement for them."

"You'll see a lot of soldiers get teary eyed when they get letters from home, pictures of their newborn babies and pictures and stuff," said Guidry.  So something like this brings them thoughts of being at home sleeping in their bed with a soft pillow."

A fundraiser for "Project Pillows" will be held at the Lake Charles Civic Center on March 9, 2012.  For tickets, call 337-474-0730.

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