Monday, September 13, 2010

Obama Visits Operation Kid Comfort

Thank you Mr. President!

On behalf of the hundreds of volunteers who make Operation Kid Comfort a success, we appreciate your visit to the ASYMCA Washington, D.C. event in honor of the September 11th National Day of Service.

Across the country, Operation Kid Comfort volunteers create individual photo-transfer quilts and pillows for America's Littlest Heroes, the children of our deployed service men and women. Founded on Make A Difference Day, 2003, more than 7,000 children have been recipients of these very special gifts. we mad
e a difference!

Our 'OpKids' all delight in having a tangible, huggable and washable set of photos to curl up with while their parents are overseas. Our parents are grateful that they will not be forgotten during long deployments. And our volunteers relish the opportunity to support our troops in such a personal and meaningful way.

Thank you President Obama for recognizing this very special program. The many people of Operation Kid Comfort appreciate your visit.


Ann Flaherty

Founder, Operation Kid Comfort

Comfort! Create! Unite!

Operation Kid Comfort is a FREE program of the Armed Services YMCA that provides photo-transfer quilts and pillows to children of our deployed service men and women. We rely on our supporters and volunteers for continued success. Please contact us at for further information.

Please DONATE to help with Operation Kid Comfort.

Photos are courtesy of Greater DC Cares

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Blogger ann said...

Hi Ann,
Were you there during the visit. You have started such a WONDERFUL program. I am totally against war, but totally supportive of our troops and the families they leave behind. I can imagine every child will be comforted by one of your special quilts. Thanks for caring!

1:55 PM, September 13, 2010  
Anonymous Cynthia Wenslow said...

Outstanding! Amazing how much has been accomplished by this terrific organization.

2:02 PM, September 13, 2010  
Anonymous The Quilted Librarian said...

Congratulations to you and your terrific project. You must have been thrilled to have the President visit you.

2:38 PM, September 13, 2010  
Blogger Jeanne Rhea said...

A great project! I imagine that many of these young people will cherish their quilts long after they are grown.

2:41 PM, September 13, 2010  
Blogger Peggi Yac said...

I made two of the little quilts for this wonderful project. It's a fabulous idea that tugs at heart strings, and helps families endure deployment.
Keep up the good work!

3:34 PM, September 13, 2010  
Blogger Operation Kid Comfort said...

Thank you Peggi...Working with images provided by the families makes this a personal project. Each quilt is as individual as the child receiving it. After all these years, they still tug at my heart!
Ann Flaherty

3:39 PM, September 13, 2010  
Blogger eileen said...

What a fitting event for the National Day of Service - for the President to recognize this worthy project, the volunteers, and the need that it fills.

5:05 PM, September 13, 2010  
Blogger Christine Thresh said...

What a good thing to do.
Congratulations to all.

5:08 PM, September 13, 2010  
Blogger GTQ said...

Congratulations to you and your terrific project. It must have been quite a thrill to have the President visit you. Your work is very important and meaningful to so many!

5:29 PM, September 13, 2010  
Blogger PeggySue said...

Ann, a well deserved recognition of this valuable project! Thank you to all the volunteers who chose this as their way to honor the National Day of Service, in DC and around the country!

6:04 AM, September 14, 2010  
Blogger Judy Howard said...

Congratulations Ann for founding this worthwhile project. So proud of your accomplishments and that your story appears in "Thanking Our Troops--God Bless America Touring Quilts" book.

Love your quilt entry that tours the nation for 4 years to thank our troops and tells about your project.

All profits from the book & $100 exhibit rental fees go to groups like your Operation Kid Comfort. See all 303 touring quilts & calendar of upcoming shows on

Blessings of appreciation, Judy

8:27 AM, September 14, 2010  
Anonymous Anne Copeland said...

This is a fantastic project, and I am so glad you are getting the attention of people all over the world, including our president! Well deserved recognition and this is such a valuable service in so many different ways. Thank you, Ann. It is the people like you in this world who are helping to hold the United States together and to make it a better place to live.

8:37 AM, September 14, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Ann,
Thanks for letting the Quiltart list know about this fine project. Fayetteville is a lovely place, full of generous people. Keep up the good work.

Linda of San Diego

12:12 PM, September 14, 2010  

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