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AragornElessar
06-15-2012, 09:43 PM
I'm not a golf fan, so when the coverage of the US Open on NBC preempted what I usually watch there at 3pm, I checked the on air guide to see what else was on. Our Eastern US PBS channel is in the middle of a Pledge Break and they had something on called Quilts of Valor. I've never heard of such a thing and even though it was halfway through the program, decided to check it out.

Quilts of Valor is a volunteer organization that makes and then provides Veterans w/handmade quilts. They provide them for *all* Veterans. Not just those who have or are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

As one of the "Coaches" who help out teaching newbies how to quilt at one of their workshops said, one of the most comforting things is to wrap up in a blanket. By making quilts for a Veteran, they aren't just being wrapped up in a blanket, but also w/an awful lot of love and gratitude.

What got me choked up was hearing a Vietnam Veteran talk about just how much his quilt means to him. For him, and the other Vietnam Veterans, they never received any kind of a "Thank You" just due to the kind of war they fought in. His quilt is the only form of thanks he's been given and he also didn't expect how much healing it provided to him.

If you're interested in learning more, their website has all the information you need to know about them and where you can go to learn how to make a quilt if you're interested. (http://qovf.org/)

I thought it was such an amazing idea and another proof of how the simplest things can bring about so much good. Just putting it out there for those interested. :)

Buzz
06-15-2012, 09:59 PM
What a wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing. :cheer2:

AragornElessar
06-15-2012, 10:55 PM
For those of us here who are also Canadian like me or live in Britain and are interested...

Quilts of Valour Canada (http://www.quiltsofvalour.ca/)

Quilts of Valour UK (http://www.qovf.org/content/uk-qovf.html)