Our Neighbor: Making soldiers comfortable




Posted on June 16, 2009 at 8:14 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 1 at 12:43 PM

FORT WORTH - Oleta Tredway and Jean Jones are proud of the men and women who serve in the U.S. military. When Tredway's grandson requested a pillow before he deployed to Afghanistan, it was the beginning of a new mission in her life.

"He said, 'I wish I had a neck pillow.' But we couldn't find one," Tredway said. "So I said, 'Go on back; I will take care of it.' And I started making pillows."

Tredway teamed up with fellow seamstress Jones and the rest is history. Together, the two grandmas have made more than 4,000 pillows for U.S. troops.

Some materials and supplies are donated, but much of the fabric they use is purchased from their meager retirement funds.

"I love to sew, and I like to think I'm doing something good for the service people," Tredway said.

"It gives me something to do," Jones added. "I pass away a lot of time, and I feel needed."

The ladies volunteer as part of the USO. They take the pillows to the airport and hand them out to troops as they board planes bound for war zones. Some of the service members are so appreciative they send back heartfelt "thank yous."

Tredway and Jones give these pillows away for free; they're really comfortable, but they are not cheap to make.

"We buy material when people give us money," Jones explained. "When we have a little money, we buy. So we need all the help we can get."

They just hope to bring a little extra comfort to the brave troops who serve our country.

If you would like to help Tredway and Jones with fabric or funds, contact me at the address below. Also, if you know someone we can feature in a future "Our Neighbor" report, we welcome your ideas.

E-mail cizzy@wfaa.com