Members of Hockessin United Methodist Church make “comfort pillows” for those in need of a little TLC.
Hockessin resident and former New Jersey native Joyce Cook began making comfort pillows in 2001, as a way to show support and compassion for those affected by the tragedy of 9/11.
"I lived in New Jersey when 9/11 occurred, and I remember sitting at thinking 'what can I do to help'," Cook said during an interview Wednesday. "So I thought, 'why not a comfort pillow'."
Cook soon began making the 9x12 pillows and selling them at various craft shows.
"Even though a lot of people liked them, they weren't really selling," she said. "I took that as a sign that I should give them away."
Now, Cook has formed a group with several ladies from her church, Hockessin United Methodist Church. The group, known as Threads of Comfort and Love, meets every Monday morning and make pillows for various hospitals and shelters across the state.
Cook said the group uses different types of fabrics to make pillows that men and women of all ages will enjoy.
Some of the organizations, Threads of Comfort and Love have donated pillows to include, Family Promise, Supporting Kidds, Helen Graham Chemo Center, and A.I. Dupont Hospital.
"It has turned out to be so much more than I expected. In the beginning the purpose of the pillows was love in the midst of tragedy," Cook said. "It is amazing how such a terrible thing happened and now we are putting smiles on people's faces."
Dr. Stephanie Traynor from Supporting Kidds was very grateful for the group's donation.
"They (the pillows) were a huge hit with the kids who participated in Healing Pathways and we look forward to continuing to share these gifts with future clients," Traynor wrote on the organization's website.
Anyone interested in learning more about comfort pillows or donating fabric can email Joyce Cook at email@example.com.