Friday, May 27, 2011

Feature You Friday - Quilts of Valor

Good morning StitchStealers!

As we get ready for a 3-day weekend, I thought it would be a great time to feature a worthy cause that gives back to the brave servicemen and women this holiday is supposed to help us honor.
I first heard about Quilts of Valor on Hoarders (yes, the A&E show, Hoarders!).  The woman on the show had a house filled with fabric and quilts and was very involved in her local chapter.  While I'm not going to endorse anyone turning their home into a fabric warehouse, I do think that what Quilts of Valor does is definitely worthy of a attention.

Quilts of Valor is a national not-for-profit organization that "awards" quilts to any American serviceman affected by war.  It was started by a mother of a serviceman who wanted a tangible way to express gratitude to the brave men and women serving our country.  The lap quilts are given at military hospitals, VA hospitals, and to units returning home after combat.

You can help Quilts of Valor in many ways: donate time as a volunteer, donate materials, make a quilt, teach someone else how to make a quilt, or send monetary support.  It's a great way to get involved in your community and to give back and give thanks.  Here is a link to a map of local chapters - check to see if there is one near you!

On this Memorial Day, I will be thinking of all of those who have served, or are currently serving our country.  I am so grateful for the sacrifices they and their families make for us.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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