FEDS GIVE BACK
PILLOW HUGS FOR CHILDREN IN CRISIS SITUATIONS
www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPXJst2_p50 | http://soth.net/pillow-hugs/
Jo Ann Zimmerman | email@example.com
On January 19, 2015 (MLK Day), a group of active and retired federal employees gathered to set up six sewing machines, three irons, and a cutting board to make pillows for children in crisis situations. Founded by Jo Ann Zimmerman in 2008, the Pillow Hug Ladies have distributed over 6,200 pillows to agencies from domestic violence and homeless shelters to child protection programs.
THE PILLOW LADIES
• Melinda McGann, US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region
• Debbi Berger, retired, Bureau of Land Management
• Kit Dwyer, US Geological Survey
• Vicki Ward, National Park Service
• Theresa Ely, retired, National Park Service
• Amy Pedersen, National Park Service
READERS COMMENT | Pillow Hug story | Diana Heyder | DOE Environmental Specialist
I was so excited to read the story below about Pillow Hugs - it is a wonderful program! Last summer I worked with Joann Zimmerman on this program, along with a small group of teenage girls. My daughter was 13 years old last summer – too young to volunteer on her own, but too old for many summer groups. Looking for ideas, I asked my mother to teach my daughter and two of her friends how to sew. Their efforts resulted in pillows for Pillow Hugs and at the end of the summer, there were so many scraps of material that the girls also made baby blankets and burp cloths which they donated to Family Tree. It was a wonderful opportunity for the girls to learn a new activity, and help others at the same time!
If you volunteer or have a colleague that volunteers, we would like to share your story!
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