Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Charity Spotlight: Quilts of Valor Foundation
Patriotism Year-Round

Today as we prepare to celebrate the 4th of July, Veronica asked if I could share a post with you written by her daughter, Michelle, an Army wife. Michelle and her family have faced the many challenges associated with being one of today's military families and writes her own blog about their adventures. Michelle was more than happy to share her post with us, so I hope you enjoy!


Quilts to Honor and Comfort

Today was my first day off after completing my first week at my new job, but mom called last night and said she needed help at the Bear Thread Designs Booth booth at the Woodlands Area Quilt Quild's Quilt Show, in Woodlands, Texas, so off I went. Boy, was I glad I did when I get there.

This year's theme was "Celebrate America!" and more than half the quilts on display were red, white and blue. Here are just a few!!

Amazing, right!?! It was so beautiful, and I kept leaving our booth to go look at them. So much attention to detail went into them!

Also, featured was the Quilts of Valor Foundation. QOVF is a non-profit organization that makes, collects and distributes quilts to America's servicemembers touched by war.

Did you know, 390 quilts are needed each month to meet the requests of their standing destinations in Afghanistan, Germany and the United States? That's  4,680 quilts a year!

A Quilt of Valor is a generous lap-sized quilt (minimum of 55 X 65) made by a quilt-topper (the piecer) of quality fabrics and beautifully quilted by a longarmer.   After it has been bound, washed, labeled and wrapped in a presentation case, it is ready to be awarded. 

Quilts are awarded at many different levels: they may go to military hospitals where Chaplains award them to service members; there may be presentations of QOV’s to entire service units returning from combat  deployments; they may be awarded at VA’s or presented individually. But no matter how a Quilt of Valor is given, the impact it delivers is unequivocal.

This organization depends on donations and volunteers to reach its goal of saying "thank you" to these heroes.

Isn't that booth amazing. From what I understand, these quilts will eventually go to injured service members on their way back to the United States.

More information? Here is the brochure they hand out to explain their mission:

Are you wondering how you can participate? Every little bit helps ...


The Bear Thread Designs Family would like to say thanks so much to all of our service members and their families for all their sacrifices.

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