Volunteers Sew Clothes for Wounded Soldiers

By Laurie Bernstein - bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Caroline Brown traveled the world as an MP in the Army.

Serving her country since 1984, she is now giving back to her fellow soldiers injured in battle.

"We are working on t-shirts. Someone took the two side seams out, and we are putting in Velcro, so the soldiers that have wounds can easily take it apart and don't have to wear hospital gowns," said Brown.

Since 2004, Sew Much Comfort has provided over 40,000 pieces of clothing to wounded warriors.

It's all done by volunteers like these women, who all have different reasons for giving their time.

Raijeim Douglas fought in Desert Storm, and now a military vet, she knows the mental and physical pain that soldiers go through after an injury.

"You've had your own independence, and now that independence is taken away when you've got a nurse taking care of you, or family members. It gives a little bit back, that they can sit and buckle their own shirt or pants," said Douglas.

Even though they suffered the occasional pin prick or iron burn, these women say it's worth it, to help at least a handful of soldiers feel appreciated for their service.

"First off, going to war, I can't even imagine. That's probably hard on them, and if the American citizen can sit here and do something for them, show that we're behind them, I think it really helps them," said Brown.

If you still want to help out, its not too late.

The CSU adult education program for sewing will hold another one of these events in September.

If you want more information, you can go to the non-profit's website, www.sewmuchcomfort.org.