Eight…Eighties Partner with the Elks Lodge to Present Lucy Nightgowns

Kinston, N.C. (May 7, 2013) – Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and the Eight Eighties of Kinston plan to recognize women in the military, particularly those who have been wounded in service.  This Thursday, 100 Lucy nightgowns – made in America with the same patented cotton construction as the popular C-shirt – will be delivered to Fort Bragg’s Wounded Transition Battalion (WTB).  The Elks Lodge of Kinston and Fayetteville have partnered with the super seniors to deliver the gowns.   The Eight Eighties simply want to say thank you and recognize the service of women soldiers who are currently living in the WTB Complex.

The Lucy is a longer version of the C-shirt, sold as a nightshirt with the same wick-a-way properties that alleviate night sweats for women.  Named after Lucy Marsden at the Kinston Visitors Center, it’s one of the newest garments from the Eight Eighties/Wounded Warrior Team.   From the cotton seed, to the spinner, to the worker at the local cut and sew plant, each garment is 100% made in America using a unique patented construction designed to keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.   

The nightgowns will be presented to the women with a special message read by Glenn Autry from the Elks Lodge (#1081) during a Mother’s Day luncheon at the WTB.

The Eight Eighties group, also known as the Wounded Warrior Team, have a mission to create jobs in America and favor wounded warriors with their popular C-Shirts.  The super seniors visited the base this past February and toured the new quarters designed to help soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.  They also got to meet some of the residents.

“Getting to see the WTB Complex was a highlight for all of us,” said Fred Hunneke, one of three founding members of the Eight Eighties. “In addition to creating jobs, we want to minister to our young soldiers returning from war.  All of us in the Eight Eighties served during war time, and we appreciate their service.  We want these young people to feel supported.”

The Eight Eighties shook hands with soldiers and gave them gifts, C-shirts sponsored by thousands of supporters across the United States who have purchased the shirts since November.  Hunneke explained the program.  “When someone buys a C-shirt for $20, one is put aside to give to a wounded soldier.  The cost pays people in North Carolina to produce two of our signature wick-a-way shirts,” said Hunneke.   “The Eight Eighties make no profit from this program.  All money goes to create jobs in North Carolina.”

About the Eight…Eighties

The Eight Eighties, a.k.a. the Wounded Warrior Team, is a group of men over 80 years old who are creating jobs in America by bringing additional work to manufacturing businesses that have a mission to create a “Made in America” label.  They’re also helping to minister to the nation’s wounded warriors returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.  They created the C-shirt in Kinston, North Carolina, and every time a shirt is purchased, one is given to a wounded veteran.  The garments are cut and sewn in Vanceboro, N.C., and Fairmont, N.C., and they are embellished at the Lions Industries for the Blind in Kinston. The Eight Eighties exist solely to bring additional work to manufacturing businesses and to support wounded veterans.  For more information,go to:  http://www.woundedwarriorteam.com/880s.html.


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