This letter from ALFA came on
Thank you for your support and we apologize that some of you are upset about the turn of events with the Lincoln Pillowcase Project. ALFA is committed to supporting you in your efforts to make this project go. We would like to make you aware of the “behind the scenes” actions that will hopefully boast moral and get us back on track to make sure that the sailors of the USS Abraham Lincoln know how much we appreciate and support them. First off, we would like to address the issue of Mrs. Stephanie Wilcox, the former project coordinator. It was brought to our attention that Mrs. Wilcox had not obtained approval from the CMC or CO of the Lincoln. We are aware that she obtained approval from the Strike Group 9 Legal Department but approval needed to be obtained from the CMC or CO of the Lincoln as well. After lengthy conversations with Mrs. Wilcox to obtain the information ALFA needed in order to take this project to the Lincoln for approval, she told two of our Board Members that she was quitting the project because it was too stressful. Finding a new coordinator was a logical first step for us as we did not want this project to go to the way side and reality is that command approval would not have been granted to Mrs. Wilcox. Command approval was granted to Heads at Ease as they are an established group with credibility behind them. Heads at Ease has done this project for many other service members that are serving our country. Yes, you could have sent the pillowcases you made out to your individual sailors or even to their friends but without command approval or support there was no way that all sailors would have received a pillowcase, which is the goal that we are working towards. Second, is the issue of the project name change. The name of the project was changed because not all of the pillowcases will be done in time to make it to the ship for Christmas and as an added bonus, we do not offend those service members who are not of the Christian Faith. Thank you again for your continued support of our service members! If you have any further questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Abraham Lincoln Family Association
The notes and labels that Dori has designed, have been amended to say Lincoln Family Love, as this project has now been opened up to the entire Lincoln family, not just N4M.
Great picture Gwen! Glad to know that he liked it. And I am happy to say that my son made a personal delivery to him with it! thanks for sending it to me to go with the 34 pcs.
Funny note about the fabric. A navy wife had one made for her hubby, using the same fabric! Each pc was distinctly differnt though. I try very hard to make the pcs all different when mailing to groups.
Lilly, I was in charge of the pcs for VFA 34. I mailed all of the special pcs that were mailed to me and those were handed out by my son before he left the ship. They went as a group. Your son's was not sent to me, I was told, per your request. So I don't have any idea where that one is.
What I do know, is 240 were sent for the squadron. The squadron CMC finished the job of handing out the pcs and he wrote and told me that every sailor received one and in fact, he had some extra.
Would you please ask your son if he got a pc from the CMC? I did email the CMC when I heard about this and asked him to confirm that your son did at least get a pc, even if it was not the special one.
Got this thank you note last weekend:
My name is Rxxxx, and I am currently deployed with VFA-2. I am a Weapons System Officer, sitting in the backseat of the F/A-18 Super Hornet. Thank you very much for the pillow case you made for me. I can tell that time and love was put into making it. I will most certainly use it.
I'm originally from WI and am currently home-ported in CA, where my wife and kids are waiting for my return. They will be happy to hear that there's people out there like you all who support us and care about us.
In a world where everything is no longer deemed black and white, it's a fresh of breath air that people like you bring a purity back into it. It's your love and encouragement that keeps us going until the job is done.
Again, thank you very much, and I hope all is well with you and yours. God bless you abundantly each and every day! :)
RXXX LTJG USN VFA-2
I responded to him and he sent this back:
Here is his reply to my email. does anyone claim this pc?
Thank you very much for your email. It's great to get an email from
another friend from WI!!! My sister lives in Milwaukee, and one of the guys
in our squadron is from there also. I have visited AZ several times and
have always enjoyed the visits.
I've been in the navy for almost 4 years. This is my first cruise,
so I'm still fairly green when it comes to all this. It's a great job,
although being away from my wife and kids can be very difficult; but I know
God is watching out for us.
The pillowcase I received had hearts on the bottom corners with
handprints on them. Written in purple pen in the middle is the Bible verse
about the Lord blessing and keeping you, may his face shine about you
(sorry, don't remember it verbatim)....that verse. :) Actually, it was
exactly what I needed to hear at that exact moment. My family has been
through a lot for our first cruise in the fleet. My wife gave birth to our
son back in Dec, with complications before, during, and after the pregnancy,
but I was unable to get home to be with her. So, God has most certainly
been testing our faith and developing maturity and perseverance. The verse
on the pillow was a wonderful reminder that God is in charge and looking out
Again, thank you very much for the pillowcase, and your program is
greatly appreciated. Keep up the good work. Lots of guys and gals out here
need that reminder that they're loved back home. Thanks again, and have a
I think that may have been one of the one's from my school. I know several of them had hand prints and bible verses, but I didn't take pics of all of them.
Thanks for sharing.
nobody else who mailed to this unit claimed it, so we were wondering if it was one of yours. thanks! You can see how much it means to him.
Here's another thank you note:
Dear Heads at Ease,
I would like to thank you for the pillowcase that I have gotten; the pillowcase I received was made by Pat. It was a nice surprised to get a pillowcase I really need a new one but I did not want to use the white ones that the ship give us since they get dirty way too fast.
Thank you again,
Jenny VFA 2
Pat is an old friend of mine-30 years and she got involved with HAE in Jan 2009. One of my 1st helpers.
Got this special email this morning. Reminds me so much of when my son would do traing dets on the Lincoln. This is the sailor whose wife HAE did a card blitz for:
I apologize for not having written sooner, but I left your email address on the boat. Well, here I am again on board this thing, this time for a week of training. I wanted to email and say hello. I hope all is well with you and your family.
My wife received all your greeting cards, and she was very grateful. Thank you again for doing that. It really helped her through our first cruise. I'm really hoping our experiences will enable us to help others who will be going through their first cruise in our squadron coming up shortly here.
What's new with you and your family? Take care, God bless, and thanks again for everything!
What a blessing to receive this. His original notes are just above.
Here's another thank you note from HSC 12:
I just wanted to express my gratitude for the thoughtful gift of pillowcases to our squadron. I know I speak for everyone when I say that it greatly boosted command morale and brought smiles to all of our faces. I personally took the blue flannel pillowcase because it was very soft, and I have been sleeping on just an old pillow and now I have something to cover it up with! :]
Thank you so much for your taking the time and putting this together for us, we appreciate you.
Petty Officer Bxxxx
This is the note to Lyn. I was waiting until she got it. I thought she should get to read it first.
I recieved this beautiful note from the USS Abraham Lincoln Strike Group Commander.
Thank you very much for the spectacular pillowcase you made for me. It is a beautiful piece of art that now holds a place of honor on my bed aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln.
The tender, loving care that you exerted making the pillowcase will serve as a nightly reminder of my duty to protect the nation and my duty to keep all Sailors safe and secure while we are deployed. They all have loving mothers, like you, and I need to return them to your arms when the mission is complete.
Thank you again!
With Great Respect,
Rear Admiral, US Navy
This is a message I just received from the sailor on the Lincoln that had sent me a note, saying that my pc was the only gift she'd received at Christmas.
Since they just pulled into port, she has internet access. I wanted to share this with you, because many of you have stepped up and shown her true Navy Mom Love.
Thanks to all of you!!!