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Lincoln Christmas Pillowcase project


Lincoln Christmas Pillowcase project

NEEDED!!!!! Anyone who can sew or donate to sewers to make pillowcases for the sailors aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln. The project has changed hands and is now in desperate need of more cases for our sailors. ANY AND ALL help is more than appreciated

Members: 20
Latest Activity: Jun 26, 2011

Ladies, as you all are probably aware by now,we have been working on the Lincoln Christmas Pillowcase project since around February of this year.
We have had a wonderful out pouring of support,some more than others, some as they were able.
And each contribution was meaningful and oh, so appreciated !
The goal of 5,000 pillowcases-one for each and every service member aboard this vessel !- has almost been reached, but unfortunately, so has the mailing date.
Bottom spite of our best efforts so far,our sailorss will NOT be getting a Christmas pillowcase without YOUR help, just one more big pussh and it will be done---kind of like when you gave birth to your sailor,huh? final, hard push is the hardest,but the reward was a miracle!
Now we need you to push hard again and make another miracle happen;a smile on the face of each and every tired, dirty, achy,homesick ..son or daughter of us ALL !!!
It is sad to think of any sailor not having the love and support of letters and packages from back home, but it happens-a lot.Yet they get up every day and night, do their duty, and serve us with honor.
And they, too, need a pillowcase at Christmas. Our goal is that NO sailor does without at Christmas.
So...if you can sew,or contribute to the cost of a few more cases or for mailing expensses,contact me for instructions.If you cannot sew, you can still help! walmart sells pillowcases for about $3.00,if you take them home, wash them, and let the kids and their friends paint on them with fabric paint to personalize them, GREAT !!! if they want to cut out fabric and glue pretty pictures on them with fabric glue,GREAT!
PLEASE< your boy and girl scout troops, PTA,hunting club,Church,fellow employees, WHATEVER IT TAKES, let's make this happen!!!!
we have roughly one or two weeks left,and WE CAN STILL DO THIS !!!
Can you remember when they were little,under the Christmas tree on Christmas morning? Let's put THAT look on 5,000 faces !!!

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Comment by DC - G'mother of My Fav Sailor on January 3, 2011 at 4:03pm

Dolly, I have no way of knowing who sent the pillowcases.  I always put my name and e-mail on the note included with each pillowcase.  I think most HAE members do that.


In the case of St. Mary's school, they came into the LincolnLove e-mail and Nancy Buening is not a member of HAE.  I believe most of the HAE members used both the Lincoln Family Love Note and the HAE note.  I know that we have received some e-mails addressed to the HAE e-mail.


Sorry I can't help you more.

Comment by DC - G'mother of My Fav Sailor on January 2, 2011 at 8:28pm

Here are some other thank you notes that were sent to the LincolnLove e-mail:


Thank you for the pillow case. It is GREATLY appreciated! Thank you for all that you are doing for us, and thank you for your support.  We will be home soon! 


Thank you,




USS Abraham Lincoln CVN 72

Dental Department



To Whom It May Concern,


My name is XXXXXXXXXXX. I just want to say THANK YOU for your support and the pillowcases that you made for the troops out on the USS Abraham Lincoln. It is much appreciated. Thank you from the USS Abraham Lincoln Medical Dept.



I would just like to thank you for the time and effort that went into the pillow cases we received.  We have just been authorized personal linen on our racks, so you can rest assured that I will be using the one that picked out.  Thank you so much for the thoughts and prayers.  May the Lord bless you, just as you have blessed us.  Thank you and have a Merry Christmas!




Surgical Technologist

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72)



 Please send my thanks to the special mom’s that took the time to make these wonderful pillow cases. I will tell you they were very well received and as I look at the berthings, they are being displayed on many of the racks already. One girl told me that she chose her pillow case because it reminded her of her son. It’s people like you that continually remind me of the great people that make up the country we are protecting. Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers.   


With my deepest gratitude,




Thank you very much for the pillow cases, it is surprising how much a simple thing like a pillow case can mean so much and bring a smile to all our faces out here. I am an Aviation Machinist Mate (AD) and am currently TAD (temporarily assigned duty) to Supply and while I was in my shop we had some of the French Navy onboard and they were amazed at how much support and appreciation we get from Friends, relatives, and Communities, and organizations around the U.S. In France they said that their people do not like them in the least. It just made others and myself truly appreciate what organizations like Operation gratitude and Navy Moms do for us. THANK You very much for your support!



Comment by DC - G'mother of My Fav Sailor on January 2, 2011 at 8:22pm

Need some help!  We received this thank you note, sent to the LincolnLove e-mail address:



To the children at St. Mary’s School in Greensburg,


Thank you so much for the pillow case you made for me! It’s much more decorative and it smells better than my own pillow case! I’m going to put it on my pillow as soon as possible. You did a very nice job decorating all of those pillow cases for us. Thank you so very much from the Dental Department on the USS Abraham Lincoln!


Very  Respectfully,


Dental Department

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)


We are having a problem because we do not know who coordinated St. Mary's School in Greensburg.  The children who decorated the pillowcases do deserve to know that they were appreciated.  So if you know who was responsible, please let us know.


Many thanks.


Comment by NitaSewBee on December 26, 2010 at 10:43pm
 I am looking forward to hearing from someone who got one of mine that I made.I think mine went to the flight deck or one of the other groups that needed fillers. I hope they post pictures.
Comment by jgs8620 on December 18, 2010 at 2:04am

Weird dolly. I delivered my boxes straight to Stephanie so I don't know how that would have happened. I just figured they sent out the email then realized that they were for Christmas so they were going to hold off on handing them out... I know my husband wouldn't have been on top of going to get them right away. Thanks for the info... hopefully that isn't the case with the ones I sent.

Comment by Kim (Ethan's Mom) on December 17, 2010 at 11:13pm

I recieved notice that 4 of my 5 boxes were recieved and that they were going to go ahead and pass them out in about an hour because they were just to excited to wait! haha   I am so happy that they are excited about this! They are supposed to post pictures on his facebook page so I will try to figure out a way to put them on here.

Comment by jgs8620 on December 17, 2010 at 4:19pm

My husband said he got an email about a month ago that the cases were there and to come pick them up, but then he said the email was recalled and he hasn't heard anything since. Hopefully he hears something again soon...

Comment by Paymaster on December 17, 2010 at 4:09pm

The below posted picture was on  It's of packages arriving on the Lincoln.  Maybe it's some of our pillowcases?

Comment by Paymaster on December 17, 2010 at 4:07pm

Comment by Kim (Ethan's Mom) on December 13, 2010 at 10:48pm

I received this email from one of the wives in my son's squadron today.


Hey Kim,
 Just wanted to let you know my husband received his package from you and boy did you make the sailor's of DET 5 Happy! "it was really nice of her and was really appreciated bye all of us here on the DET, everyone got one and had fun doing so, it was awesome" He also mentioned it was a much needed moral boost for everyone. I'm sure when he get's a chance he'll write you and thank you himself but I just wanted you to know how great of a reception you got for them. Thank you so much again from all of DET 5 and it's family members, for giving our spouses and loved one's something to cheer them up during the holiday's.
Can't thank you enough, 
This sure makes me feel good about doing this project! I never expect a reply but it is nice when I do.

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