Off The Base
12:48 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Going Soft on Homeless Veterans

A soft and comfortable place to lay your head - that's a simple request and it's a need that Cyd Deathe hopes to fulfill for 200 homeless veterans.

Donations of thread, fabric and stuffing are needed to create 200 pillows to be distributed to veterans at the Stand Down set this weekend in Tallahassee.
Credit Bobbie O'Brien / WUSF Public Media

Cyd is president of  the Tampa Area Marine Parents Association and a proud mom of OIF (Operation Iraqi Freedom) Wounded Warrior Veteran LCpl Adam, USMC 03-07.

She's committed to providing 200 pillows for the Homeless Veterans Stand Down scheduled April 5-7 in Tallahassee. That's this Friday through Sunday, so time is short.

This past weekend, several gathered to stitch together the pillows. Cyd said they got 160 done. She's working on the final 40 before loading up her car and heading to Florida's capital.

But, she said you can still help with the final pillows or making some to send to deployed troops. Cyd is also still accepting donations of the following materials:

  • Fabric of plain colors and easy to sew material
  • Stuffing or  fiber fill for pillows
  • Local volunteers to help sew
  • Sewing supplies - thread, etc.

Or if you can't sew and don't have any extra fabric to contribute, financial donations are welcomed too. Cyd estimates it costs about $2 to make a pillow.

If you like to sew pillows and live in the Tampa Bay area, contact Trish@USMCFamilySupport.org . Even if you don't live in the area, you can help complete the project. Go to the T.A.M.P.A website for details.