Those of us who love working with fabric have been sewing for others in need since the invention of needle and thread. You name it, blankets, quilts, hats, mittens, dresses, and layettes are a sampling of the many types of projects that have been made with love. This Memorial Day weekend, as we celebrate our freedoms and remember those who have served our country, consider giving back by stitching something tangible, something significant to show your gratitude.
During the Nancy’s Corner segment of Sewing With Nancy I often interview volunteers who sew and quilt for others. Listed below are three groups that give to those who serve or who have served. Join me in honoring the many who serve or have served in the military. The gift is in the giving!
Rock Solid. That’s my impression of the mission and character of the organization Quilts of Valor and the thousands of people who give of their time and talents to help injured Armed Service Members. One of the Quilts of Valor volunteers, Karen Demaree, was my guest during the Nancy’s Corner Segment on Sewing With Nancy. If you don’t already know about Quilts of Valor, here’s an introduction.
This group of thousands of volunteers makes and presents quilts to wounded and injured Armed Service members and their families. Their mission is to present a Quilts of Valor (QOV) quilt to all those service members and veterans touched by war. These quilts measure 55″ x 65″ to 72″ x 87″ and are made of only the best quality fabrics. To date over 66,000 quilts have been presented.
Click here to watch my interview with Karen. It is only five minutes long, yet it’s very telling. After watching, I know you’ll plan a way that you can help the QOV cause.
Linda Wieck is the originator and the creator of the Camo Quilt Project. The camouflage quilt is a small quilt measuring approximately 45″ x 72″. The quilt folds in thirds and rolls up like a sleeping bag. It is lightweight and has cotton batting so it breathes better in the extreme heat. These quilts are slept on and slept under; they protect the soldiers from the harsh elements they face, both cold winter nights and hot daytime sun. They are even used for pillows.
One of our most-asked questions is, “Doesn’t the military provide them with a quilt?” The answer, sadly, is no. Military-issued sleeping bags are bulky and hot and must be carried inside their backpacks. The Camo Quilt is so popular because it’s made from the same camouflage material as the uniforms. That means it can be used in the open, tied to the outside of a soldier’s kit, leaving precious room inside for personal items.
To date, the volunteers have made and sent over 21,00 quilts to our service people overseas!
Right now, there is a slow down of orders and the volunteers want to keep on sewing for our troops. If you know of a troop who has recently deployed or will be deploying in the next month, please contact Camo Quilts by clicking here.
Sew Much Comfort provides free adaptive (Velcro® closure) clothing to support the unique needs of our wounded service members from all branches of the Military and National Guard serving in current conflicts. These injuries require large fixator, prosthetics and casts that are too bulky to fit under ordinary clothing. Without adaptive clothing, wounded service members are limited to wearing hospital gowns. The adaptive clothing is designed to appear as normal civilian apparel.
By contributing to Sew Much Comfort as a volunteer, donating, or becoming a partner, you can help make a difference in the recovery of our wounded service members.
What’s your favorite volunteer group?
Please post information about the group and their website so that others can add to their volunteer references.
Bye for now,
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