Operation Kid Comfort

Helping Military Children Cope During Deployments

Operation Kid Comfort provides quilts and pillow cases to military children of deployed active duty service men and women. Volunteers lovingly create hand-crafted, custom photo-transfer quilts and pillow cases to help children cope with the stress and loneliness that comes with being separated from a parent during deployment.

I contacted Operation Kid Comfort before my husband deployed looking for things to comfort our 3-year-old daughter. When the quilt arrived, I was in tears. I cannot tell you how wonderful this quilt is. My daughter has not let it out of her sight. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I want you all to know the difference you have made in our lives with this quilt. We are smiling ear to ear! Military Spouse, Operation Kid Comfort

Program Overview

  • Quilts are made for children, age newborn to age 6.
  • Each quilt includes up to nine (9) photos depicting favorite memories of, or with, the deploying parent.
  • A standard-size pillow case is made for children age seven (7) and up.
  • Each pillow case will include up to five (5) photos depicting favorite memories of, or with, the deploying parent.
  • Quilts/pillow cases are limited to one per child.
  • Volunteer quilters provide the materials and talent used to create these keepsakes; as such, we cannot accept requests for customization (color, pattern, size, etc).
  • Families are not required to wait to submit a request until the service member is actively deployed. Requests can be submitted once orders for deployment have been issued.
  • The ASYMCA is not able to cover shipping costs. Completed projects must be picked up at your nearest ASYMCA of Killeen location.
  • Requests must be submitted by an active duty, guard, or reserve service member with current orders to deploy, or by one of their immediate family members.
  • This program is open to all service members, regardless of rank or service branch.
  • If your military family does not meet the deployment criteria, but is otherwise subject to separation from your service member for six (6) consecutive months or more, please contact us here to inquire about eligibility.
  • Choose the appropriate number of photos to submit for your child’s quilt or pillow case (up to nine (9) photos per quilt, or five (5) photos for pillow cases). These photos must depict the deploying service member. We suggest choosing photos that capture memories your child can relate to; family activities; the service member on duty or off, etc.
  • Please make sure the photos you submit are high-quality enough that they will print clear and sharp at approximately 8″ x 10″.
  • Once you have organized your photos, please click the link below to complete the request form.