Alden mom sews special pillowcases for son and his platoon stationed in Africa

Devin Martin
Updated: October 18, 2020 10:44 PM
Created: October 18, 2020 08:15 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Lori Nelson misses her son Trevor. So she's doing something special for him, while he's deployed overseas.

In Lori’s home in Alden, there are boxes full of pillowcases, all stitched from the heart, “I think it's just important for the soldiers to know we're thinking about them and this is something they'll always have with them and that they could use in the future,” Nelson said.

This is Trevor’s fourth deployment; he's currently serving in the Horn of Africa. Lori says the more he leaves home, the harder it gets, “He went when he was 19, and he came home when he was 21. So that maybe wasn't as difficult on him because he didn’t have a family yet, besides us. Now with this deployment, he's married and has two children. So, this one has been a tougher one,” Nelson said.

The pieces of fabric are Lori’s way of showing her son she is always with him, and his fellow troops, “I would think that when you're in a strange place just being able to sleep and get good rest is important. I don’t know, maybe it gives them a little feeling of home,” Nelson said.

The pillowcases take time to make, but it's a process Lori enjoys time and time again, “I'm hoping to get a picture of the guys when they're all distributed. There’s a Facebook page that introduces all the soldiers that he's with. So I see him every so often and their name that I have on a pillow,” Nelson said.


This is the third time Lori is making pillowcases for her son and his platoon. She has made 24 total.

The Alden Legion Auxiliary is paying for the postage of the pillowcases.

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