Citizens with servant hearts hope to help soldiers sleep soundly while on deployment.
The Senior Adult Ministry at First Baptist organized a pillowcase-sewing project last week. More than 20 volunteers made unique pillowcases for approximately 100 members of the Arkansas National Guard's 39th Infantry Brigade.

Citizens with servant hearts hope to help soldiers sleep soundly while on deployment.
The Senior Adult Ministry at First Baptist organized a pillowcase-sewing project last week. More than 20 volunteers made unique pillowcases for approximately 100 members of the Arkansas National Guard's 39th Infantry Brigade.
LaJuan Thompson, project organizer, said using sewing skills to make sure each soldier feels remembered is a fun and important ministry.
"The fabrics are bright and cheerful, and we want our servicemen and women to know how loved and appreciated each of them is," Thompson said.
Similar projects can be found throughout the country, Thompson said, noting each of the pillowcases made by the local group will be given to members of the guard.
"I heard this got its start when a girl made a colorful pillowcase for her brother, who was deployed to a desert. Everything was brown and tan and depressing," Thompson explained.
"All of the guys went wild for the cheery pillowcase and asked if they could each have on as well."
Thompson said their pleas for the comfort item were met and have been continued to be met by various groups over the years.
Several community members from across denominations joined in the effort to show appreciation for the group, which is currently preparing to deploy.
On project participant, Linda Black, has a grandson, Justin Little, in the Arkansas National Guard.
Black said she appreciates living in a community where her grandson and others serving the United States are thought of, prayed for and respected.
Project organizers spoke with guard officials, who expressed gratitude at the "wonderful idea."