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Military Mom starts Pillows for Patriots

By Jaime Dailey bio | email

BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) - The conditions for those in the military serving overseas aren't exactly comfortable for most, so one military mother is stepping up to help them sleep a little easier.

Barb Farrior has started Pillows for Patriots. She has a son in the Army, who will be deploying to Iraq soon, and after watching a news story about a similar effort, she decided to start up an effort right here in Beaufort.

Beaufort may be thousands of miles away from Iraq and Afghanistan, but the work going on at Harris Pillow Company will help those serving overseas get a better night's rest. They're making hundreds of pillows to send to servicemen and women as part of Pillows for Patriots.

"Hopefully it helps them rest a lot easier, a lot better, they're great pillows, very comfortable, very portable," said Farrior.

It's a program Farrior came up with only a few ago, her son Justin Dauber is a company commander in the Army and will be leaving for Iraq soon.

" I've been wanting to do something," said Farrior. " I came from a Marine family. This is my son's third tour overseas and I am happy, willing and able to do anything to support the effort. I'd like to see them rest easier, I'd like to just make an effort to help."

While this project is just days old, it's moving quickly. Harris Pillow donated 150 pillows and offered to make more pillows as donations come in.

" It was a no brainer, we'd like to do our pat for what they're doing for us," said Patrick Harris.

In return for all of this work, the Harris family has one request.

" We hope all that sleep on them comes home safe, that's all," said John Harris.

So far,  Barb and others in the community have raised $1,200 and at $3 each to make and ship, that's a lot of pillows.

"Everyone I talked to about the project has given me a donation," said Farrior.

Jenny Bush, who's son Lt. Johnathan Bush is currently serving in Afghanistan jumped on board and is doing her part to help with the effort. A project her son is trilled about.

"We sent an email telling him abou it and he was very excited," said Bush. "He thinks the guys are going to flip. It's going to be a little piece of home."

That brings comfort to both of these military moms.

"Fantastic. I'll sleep better," said Jenny Bush.

If you would like to make a donation to keep this effort going, send a check to

Pillows for Patriots
1 Hermitage Pointe
Beaufort, SC 29902

If you know a service member serving overseas who would like one of these pillows, contact bfarrior@charter.net  or bluecrab2@islc.net

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