Strawberry Festival to feature Quilts of Valor
Quilts of Valor will be a special section in the CEOS and Quilters at Heart quilt guild show today through Saturday at the Wesleyan Rockefeller gym, as part of the West Virginia Strawberry Festival.
These are quilts made for wounded service members. The ones that will be displayed were constructed by the Buckhannon Quilters at Heart quilt guild. Longarm quilted by Jill Bentley of Back Porch Quilter, Beverly Ramsberg of Quick Cut Quilts, Teresa Kee, Mary Ellen Lemons and Linda Childers of the Stitching House all donated their services for this worthy cause.
Blue Star Mom Catherine Roberts of Delaware started the Quilts of Valor Foundation in 2003 as her son was deployed to Iraq. She wanted to see that returning men and women were welcomed home with love and gratitude.
This is a nationwide effort by quilters to provide these quilts for wounded men and women to help them heal mentally and physically, knowing that their sacrifices are a reminder of America’s appreciation and gratitude.
Quilts are awarded at many different levels. They may go to military hospitals where chaplains distribute them. There may be special presentations to entire service units returning from combat deployments. They also may be awarded at Veterans Affairs hospitals or presented individually.
So far, 83,916 quilts have been presented to the country’s heroes through the program.
More information is available by visiting www.QOV.org or contacting Barbara Lane, president of the Buckhannon Quilters at Heart Guild, at 304-472-2649. The West Virginia regional coordinator for QOV, Sherra Bailey, also can be reached at 509 Jim Ridge Road, Leon, WV 25123; 304-586-0944; or firstname.lastname@example.org.