Mickell and Jodi Hoyt of Orderville were selected as the Utah FCCLA State first place winners for their service project, and will have the opportunity to compete at FCCLA Nationals in Orlando, Florida this summer. 

The inspiration for their service project came from their brother, Eric, who serves in the U.S. Air Force on the flight crew of a C-17.  His responsibilities occasionally include transporting wounded soldiers from the war zones to the Landstuhl Military Medical Center in Germany. 

Mickell and Jodi heard of a national charity organization that sends needed items to the hospital in Germany and to the field hospitals in Afghanistan.  The most requested handmade items are comfort pillows.

Mickell and Jodi decided to make 50 pillows to send.  They wanted to involve the community, and posted requests for fabric and stuffing.  The response was amazing!  They received several large bags of donated stuffing and fabric, including a bag of Christmas fabric. 

They had seen the group’s specific pattern for Christmas stockings, but had not considered making them until they received the Christmas fabric. 

Over the next few months they made 50 comfort pillows that were sent to Germany to the military hospital for the wounded soldiers to use for positioning, propping, or just snuggling.

Mickell and Jodi appreciate all of the wonderful people in the community who made this project possible by donating the fabric and stuffing. They enjoyed sewing the stockings and pillows, and said it felt great to give something back to the brave men and women of our military who sacrifice so much to help keep our great country free. 

For their FCCLA Star Event, they were required to make a scrapbook report of their service project, and give a 10-minute oral presentation to the panel of judges. There were several teams in the competition, so Mickell and Jodi were thrilled to hear their names announced as the first place winners to represent Utah at Nationals. They are required to pay their own expenses to attend Nationals, so if you are interested in assisting them, you can contact them at PO Box 153, Orderville, UT 84758. Congratulations girls!