Ticktockers and Patronesses showing off their one-of-a-kind pillowcases
National Charity League, Inc., (NCL, Inc.) Coppell Chapter is making a difference in the lives of those serving in the military. NCL, Inc.’s National Philanthropy Initiative, “Sleep Tight”, is more than a craft activity, it is about understanding the challenges and stresses our military face. The project involves mothers (Patronesses) and daughters (Ticktockers) creating one-of-a-kind, colorful pillowcases together for those who have served or are currently serving in the military, using these pillowcases to convey messages of hope and support. Every pillowcase includes a note of encouragement and thanks. NCL, Inc., Coppell Chapter is sending our pillowcases to the men and women of Fort Hood.
USA Today and the Military Times both report startling suicide rates amongst both active duty and reserve duty military personnel. These rates are 20 percent to 25 percent higher than those of the same age and gender makeup in a civilian population. Soldiers in high stress situations likely can experience combat trauma or PTSD. Suicide rates among Reserve and National Guard troops may be linked to fewer resources for these troops who may not have the same access to support services and mental health care as active personnel. Additionally, recent studies have identified insomnia as one of the most reported issues faced by members who are returning home. The purpose of this project is to deliver words of encouragement and gratitude to those men and women through the comfort of a pillowcase.