PHOTO COURTESY OF FLOYD TAMBLINGSON
The Piecemakers quilting circle at Grace United Methodist Church recently made and sent seven quilts to Quilts of Valor to be delivered to service men and women, along with their love, prayers and healing thoughts. Pictured are Janie Merritt, left, Lori Bibeault, Lorry Stover, Barbara Baker, Marilyn Bay, Jan Sommers, Paula Hagan and Audrey King.
SUN PHOTO BY LOU KENNEDY
"Piecemakers" Carol Ann Beyer, left, Lorry Stover, Audrey King, back, and Janie Merritt, foreground, stitch and sew quilts for the military, considering it a labor of love and their mission at the church.
PHOTO COURTESY OF KENDRA BOYETTE
The Boyette family of Ohio - Kendra, left, George and Otis - let the Nokomis Seamrippers quilt circle know just how much the Quilt of Valor meant to them by writing a heartfelt thank-you letter to the ladies who sent it. George Boyette works at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.
Is there anything more comforting than the thought of wrapping up in a soft, colorful quilt made especially for you by a loved one?
That was Catherine Roberts’ thinking in Seaford, Del., when she began Quilts of Valor in 2003. Her son Nathanael’s deployment to Iraq was her initial inspiration, but since then Quilts of Valor has burgeoned into a national program that sends handmade quilts to soldiers wounded or touched by war as a way of saying someone cares, someone appreciates them.
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