JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (March 12, 2014) A formation of U.S. Army AH-64D Apache helicopters assigned to 151 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, South Carolina Army National Guard, and a U.S. Navy HH-60H Seahawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 11 conduct joint training at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., March 11 and 12. The units trained in preparation for the squadron's helicopter advance readiness program evaluation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jorge Intriago/Released)

We’ve been talking military babies and how we can encourage young families who are serving our country.

Ditty Diaper Bags – Fill ‘em Up!

When I shared my idea of making handmade crocheted gifts bags for military families – specifically, Ditty Diaper Bags, I tossed around an added idea of finding corporate donations, so we could pop some goodies into the ditties. I was thinking:

  • a couple of diapers
  • a package of wipes
  • and a chocolate bar for mom.

Bob Ross, Development Director of the Greater Jacksonville Area USO wrote back:

I think your bag idea is FANTASTIC.  Most of the young/new military families are very junior in rank and can use all the help they can get …

AND, please thank your group…..we have been trying for a long time to get a program off the ground we call Operation LITTLE FEET with corporate sponsorship to help our young families…perhaps with your group this may be the start of a big thing whereby there are over 3,000 newborn military babies born in the state of Florida each year.


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Oct. 3, 2012) First time dad Aviation Electronic’s Mate 2nd Class Jonathan Musick, assigned to Fleet Readiness Reserve Southeast, learns how to swaddle a baby with help from his wife during a baby boot camp class at Naval Hospital Jacksonville. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Toiete Jackson/Released)

Did You See the Number Triple?

One thousand babies are born to our military families right here in Jacksonville every year, but THREE thousand military babies are born in the state of Florida annually.

Let’s aim for 1,000 and see what happens!


Navy Families

PEARL HARBOR (June 19, 2014) Electronics Technician 1st Class Mike Allred reunites with his family on the pier following the return of the Virginia-class attack submarine USS North Carolina (SSN 777) to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after completing a deployment to the western Pacific region. North Carolina conducted a variety of operations and theater security exercises contributing to the nation’s strategic posture in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Khor/Released)

Share, Share, Share!

This might be bigger than crocheters alone.

Get the word out to knitters, seamstresses, crocheters and crafters!


Let’s see how many Ditty Diaper Bags and handmade baby items (hats, booties, sweaters, blankets) we can make to let our servicemen and women know we care!

Need some pattern inspiration?  Check out my Crochet for a Cause: American Military board on Pinterest.


Corporate Sponsorship

We’re looking for corporate sponsors, too! Donate diapers, wipes, new baby clothes, gift certificates for oil changes or dinner out.

Let’s do what we can to let them know we care.

Operation Little FeetIf you – or a company you know – can help with Operation LITTLE FEET, please contact me or get in touch with Bob Ross at the USO.

Where Do I Send My Donations?

Send your donations, including handmade gifts and gift bags – empty or filled – to the USO directly.


US Postal Service

Greater Jacksonville Area USO
Naval Air Station Jacksonville
Building 1050
P.O. Box 108
Jacksonville, FL 32212-0108

For UPS or Overnight Express:

Greater Jacksonville Area USO
6801 Roosevelt Blvd.
Bldg. 1050
(Left parking lot, Yorktown Ave Main Gate)
Naval Air Station
Jacksonville, FL 32212


If you are local (Jacksonville FL), you can drop off your donations at the USO office NAS JAX (just off Roosevelt Blvd).


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Not a Crafter?

Here are a few ways to encourage military families – no glue gun or yarn skein needed:

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All original photos in this post courtesy of the United States Navy and used with permission. 

Post updated July 21, 2014 with contact and mailing info.

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