Operation Pillowcase
"Operation Pillowcase" was created out of love and support for my son, Paul. Paul had joined the U.S. Air Force. When Paul deployed to Iraq in November 2006, I was overtaken by fear. I needed something to keep my mind busy and occupied, so I asked my mother, Betty Renck, to help me sew 9 pillowcases out of patriotic fabrics for my son and his 8 buddies. We put them in their special Christmas care packages I was sending them in Iraq.

Mom and I had so much fun designing and sewing these pillowcases (while I was visiting her in Southern California) that she thought we should make a pillowcase for all 50 men living in Paul's tent in Iraq. My mom felt that 50 pillowcases would be an easy goal to achieve, but before we realized it, our project had grown from a simple 9 pillowcase idea to 522 pillowcases; one for each man and woman stationed with my son at Camp Bucca, Iraq!

Since I had to return to my home in Concord, California, my Mom started organizing her sewing team. She called upon her sewing connections for help; members of the Riverside/San Bernardino Chapter of the American Sewing Guild, Diane Ricks Silk Painting and Sewing Class, the "Sew-n-Go" team and members of the Arlington United Methodist Church.

This project, which started as a dream, became a reality due the dedication of my mother and father (Betty and Paul Renck) and all the wonderful ladies and volunteers of Riverside County. Not only did "Operation Pillowcase" bring a piece of home to our deployed men and women serving in Iraq, but it touched the lives of all who were involved.

By the end of 2008, "Operation Pillowcase" has sent over 4,000 patriotic pillowcases to our deployed men and women serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world. We hope to send many, many more in the future.
Deborah Burrow - USAF Mom
Betty Renck - USAF Grandmother
Things You Can Do to Support
Operation Pillowcase
Operation Pillowcase is in need of soft 100% cotton Patriotic Fabrics.
Please mail your patriotic fabrics to:
Deborah Burrow
Contra Costa Blue Star Moms
P.O. Box 6379
Concord, CA 94524
We also need cash donations to purchase fabric.
Please mail your tax deductible donation payable to:
Contra Costa Blue Star Moms
Attn: Debbie Burrow - Operation Pillowcase
P.O. Box 6379
Concord, CA 94524
Operation Pillowcase is in need of sewing teams.
Start your own "Operation Pillowcase" sewing team
at your church, organization or your home.
For details and instructions,
contact Debbie Burrow at op@ccbluestarmoms.org.