Operation Kid Comfort


O'Fallon Illinois YMCA and East Belleville YMCA

Operation Kid Comfort provides support for children of military families, who have a parent that is deployed. Operation Kid Comfort will provide military children with a quilt or pillow that is made out of pictures of both the child and his/her deployed parent. It is our hope that with our help, each child will feel closer to his/her parent while they are so many miles away.

Info To Know

•  Ages 7 and under will recieve a quilt. Ages 8 and up will recieve a pillow.
•  Parent must be deployed for a minimum of 6 months. 
•  Must provide 8-10 photos. 1 photo must be the parent in uniform.

How To Register

• To register your child for a quilt or a pillow, click here!
•  For more information and to volunteer, please contact Julie Murphy at the O'Fallon Illinois YMCA at 618-628-7701 or julie.murphy@gwrymca.org

We need volunteer quilters! 

Do you love to sew? Are you wanting to get involved in this program and help create something special for a child? Operation Kid Comfort would love to have you as a volunteer! We are looking for sewers for both quilts and pillows. Please call the O'Fallon Illinois YMCA at 618-628-7701 or email Julie at julie.murphy@gwrymca.org to get started!

Gateway Region YMCA has been able to begin Operation Kid Comfort through generous lead donations from Scott Credit Union and the Armed Services YMCA.