Quilts of Valor support veterans

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TUCKAHOE – The South Shore Stitchers will be at the Upper Township Community Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 2 to support Quilts of Valor, a national organization that provides quality quilts to servicemen and women coming home from war.

 

The organization was founded by Catherine Roberts, of Seaford, Del. in 2003. She began the Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF) from her sewing room. Her son Nathanael’s year-long deployment to Iraq provided the initial inspiration, and her desire to see that returning warriors were welcomed home with the love and gratitude they deserved, according to the group’s website.

The quilts are meant to be a tangible reminder of an American’s appreciation and gratitude.

A Quilt of Valor is a generous lap-sized quilt. After it has been bound, washed, labeled and wrapped in a presentation case, it is ready to be awarded.

Quilts may go to military hospitals where chaplains award them to service members; there may be presentations to entire service units returning from combat deployments; they may be awarded at veterans’ hospitals or presented individually.

As of May, 2012 more than 65,000 quilts have been awarded to service members and veterans, according to the group’s website.

 


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