Assisted Living Facility Residents Make Pillows For Soldiers in Afghanistan

Women at an assisted living facility kept their hands busy this month on a project to make others more comfortable.

The residents are making pillows to send to soldiers stationed overseas.

"We're sending the pillows to Afghanistan," one resident explained.

The activities director said she felt this was a more than worthy need.

"I heard from a friend that when a soldier is out in the field, they just have to wad up their clothes to sleep on so we are making smallpillows for them to use instead," she said.

The residents do most of the work. They cut out the fabric, glue the sides together and fill the pillows with stuffing. The activities director sews the edges together.

The activities director said she thought the project would bring out the residents' patriotic spirit. She also thought it would brighten their days.

"I just thought it would be something good they could do and it's simple," she said. "It's good for their manual dexterity, its good for their mind and it's a social event for them."

The women seem to enjoy doing something for others. One resident said she likes to feel useful.

"I thought it was special that we do it, especially considering how old we are," she said with a smirk.

The women plan to finish two-dozen this month, with hopes to complete the same number each month. For more, read the story.

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Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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