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Thank you very much for you gifts, everyone loves them.
I just finish my 13th deployment in Afghanistan. Bagram Airfield
I received my pillowcases from-
-Quilters market pillowcase challenge
-Ms. Colberts Fasion Design Class
and Arden from Mrs. Pawloski's kinder class
AGAIN! THANKS! and feel free to write back if you wish!
Doug xxxx
I sent these and I work in Mrs. P's kinder class

Dear Good Folks at Heads at Ease:

I just wanted to drop you a line to tell you that we just received a
shipment of your wonderful pillowcases.  Know that members of the staff of
the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa in Djibouti rest a bit better
thanks to you.  We truly appreciate your time, your efforts and prayers.

Very Respectfully

CJTF-Horn of Africa

I love my new pillowcase!  Thank you for your generosity, Ms. Yost!


Amanda CPT, U.S. Army

from Susan Smith

Heads At Ease, 

I wanted to extend a BIG thank-you to Stripper Quilt Guild for the handmade
pillow case. I am currently using it while deployed to Africa. I also know
my other fellow soldiers are enjoying theirs as well. The time it took to
make, as well as the thoughtfulness put into all of the pillow cases touches
my heart. 

Have a great day! 


Amy Chaplain, Captain 
Army Civil Affairs Battalion  

> Barbara P,

>    I am a sailor on board the USS Gonzalez. I wanted to extend a thank you for the pillow case I received. Thank you for taking your time to create something to remind us of home. So many times you may read the news or hear stories of people who commit crimes or are a part of some nefarious activities of sorts, and it hurts to think about our sacrifice goes to serve and protect people of that nature. I'm only saying this to point out that actions such as yours and your organizations do a great deal to comfort us not just by providing us with semblance of home. It reminds us of the good that is carried in the people who serve and protect  with our service and sacrifice. So thank you for all you do.
V/R,  Kenneth  XXXXX USS Gonzalez (DDG 66)


 Barbara P,
>    Hello, my name is Taylor. I am a Gunners Mate 3rd class on USS GONZALEZ (DDG66). I just want to sincerely thank you for the pillowcase you had made. It means a lot to us individuals who serve our country, that people back home that we don't even know are thinking about us. Today we had got mail for the second time as whole for the ship, but I'm still waiting to receive mine that has been sent. I know it takes a while to get to us. Furthermore I was thrilled to have receive your unforgiveable kind gesture. I already put it on my rack and intend to sleep with it every night and keep it forever rather I stay in or get it of the service, I will always remember this day. It really brightened my mood today. This being my first deployment and yet not received my mail from my family and friends means a lot that I got something homemade from a stranger, I can't tell you enough how thankful I am! To you and your and your family stay blessed and I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! And again, thank you so much! 
> V/R,  Taylor

> Ms. Barbara P,
> First off, thank you and your team for all the awesome pillowcases that you all made.
> We received the pillowcases a few day ago and it was definitely a good thing to know we
> The Armed Forces, especially the Navy, are appreciated by those we have sworn to serve and protect.
> Thank you again for the warm, tenderness and genuine care that was put into this project.
> We are referred to Heroes. If my childhood serves me correctly, Superman was seen as a hero of sorts but he
> was nothing without his SUPER FRIENDS!!! 
> Grace and peace to you all...
> V/r LSC(SW) Carl   USS GONZALEZ (DDG 66)

Dear 1st Baptist Ladies of Muleshoe, TX, 

Four days before Christmas I’m standing watch in Combat Information Center onboard the Guided Missile Destroyer USS Higgins DDG-76 as we patrol the Persian Gulf, when I’m given a gift by my Executive Officer dressed up like Santa Clause. The gift was your pillowcase along with some candy. Happily I thanked him and felt there was a note inside. I fished around the pillowcase and with the ambient blue lights onboard our ship I found and read your note.

I want to give you my deepest Thank You for such lovely words that you wrote. It is people like yourself, true American women, going above and beyond your normal duties that make us feel right back at home both mentally and spiritually. And tonight/this morning I know that when I put this pillowcase on my pillow that there will be a physical connection from home.

Once again, Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I hope you all have a safe and Merry Christmas. 

Very Respectfully,  Grant  Sonar Technician- 2nd Class Petty Officer

Virgina B and her group made his pc:

Heads at Ease Team, 

I just received a wonderful pillow case and handmade card from Carol C. Thank you so much for taking time out of your life to send us these thoughtful gifts. It means a lot knowing people back home are thinking about us while we are forward deployed. I will sleep well tonight knowing there are caring folks sending their prayers. 

Thank You, LTJG Steven 

Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer  USS Higgins DDG 76   “First to Fight!”


On behalf of the crew of the USS Gonzalez (DDG-66)...

I would like to express my sincere thanks for all the hard work and love put into the pillowcases that your organization sent us recently. 

It was like Christmas morning and we were all children again while the pillowcases were placed in the chow hall for everyone to take. 
There was lots of laughing and smiling while everyone picked out the perfect pillowcase. The one I picked out is yellow and has Indians all over it, which is super comfortable and puts me to sleep in no time flat :)... 

So please express my thanks to all of your volunteers for taking the time to think of us while we are far away from home and all of our families and loved ones...especially during the rough times like the holidays. But because of your organization, I can assure you that ever since then we have all slept a little better :) Myself included.

Happy Holidays! V/r CS1(SW) William  USS Gonzalez (DDG-66)

this photo is on their FB page and we can use them.  How cool is this?


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