Pajama Party For Troops

Monday, March 31st 2008, 4:48 pm
By: News On 6

"Just provide them a little dignity so they don't have to worry about their backside shining to the world," said volunteer Julie Dermody.

Julie Dermody's brother recently returned home from Iraq. Once home, his friends still overseas told him the injured soldiers are having a hard time staying covered up in the hospital gowns issued in Baghdad.

When soldiers are wounded in Iraq, they're taken to the hospital where their clothes are removed and they're given a hospital gown to wear. The gowns are often the kind that is open in the back. This makes every step a little more uncomfortable than it should have to be. Now Julie hopes Green Country residents can help change that.

"Oklahomans we have a heart to help people, especially to help our soldiers. If we know that there's a need, we're going to step up to the plate and take care of it," said Dermody.

The goal is to collect 5,000 sleep pants and t-shirts. Tulsa Police Officer Cole Butler spent his day off volunteering for this cause.

"The main thing is to let them know we haven't forgotten about them. This is just a good reminder to bring us back and just acknowledge the people who are serving our country," said Tulsa Police Officer Cole Butler.

All of the new PJ's will be packaged in a set of two with a card wishing them a fast recovery. Volunteers spent the day decorating and writing personalized cards for each of the packages.

"I feel like I'm doing something that will cheer them up and will let them know that we care," said volunteer Louis Barnes.

If you what to help, this is just the first batch of many to send overseas. You can purchase a pair of pants and white t-shirt at A+ Uniforms at 55th and Mingo for $10. Or contact Julie Dermody for more information.

By Margaret Stokes, anchor/reporter and Kyle Dierking, Video Journalist. Find more of their stories in our Web Exclusives section.