It is an honor to present to you my selection for Texans of the Year as a pair of Fort Worth grandmas and their labor of love for U.S. troops.
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. She teamed up with her sister in stitching, Jones, and the two decided to make pillows for all troops who needed some extra comfort on the long plane ride overseas ... many who are headed to war.
This year alone, these grandmas have hand sewed 6,000 pillows for our brave troops who are deeply grateful for their pillows.
I love to sew, and I like to think I'm doing something good for the service people, Tredway said.
Before our story aired last June, the ladies had dipped into their meager retirement funds to buy materials and supplies to make more pillows, but after we aired their story, hundreds of you stepped in to help.
Thanks to you, the grandmas got enough supplies to make 1,000 more pillows which they will deliver to the troops before they deploy this Christmas.
There is nothing more sacred than the preservation of our country's freedom and the courageous men and women who fight for us. To me, those who work so hard to bring a little extra comfort to our troops are also heroes. That's why I proudly select two grandmas from Fort Worth ― Oleta Tredway and Jean Jones―as Texans of the Year.