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Quilts of Valor


Today our Ennis Arts Association had a guest speaker, Kathy Coontz, who represents the Federation, Quilts of Valor, in our state of Montana. Kathy is such an inspiration!! I love her quilts and her enthusiasm.

Happy Kathy Coontz

Can you see what a delight she is?

The Quilts of Valor Foundation is a nation-wide service effort that delivers quilts to service members and veterans. Its mission is to cover service men and women and veterans touched by our war(s) with comforting and healing hugs in the form of beautiful, warm, red, white and blue quilts.

Kathy w quilt

Kathy told us the recipients do not have to have served in a “declared war.” Regardless of the conflict or the branch of service, the rank or the job (Clerk Typist Specialist 4 – behind a desk in Germany in 1961-2 was my husband’s job), we owe them a thank you for their service to our country. The quilts are stitched with love, prayers, gratitude, and healing thoughts. It’s the quilters’ way of saying, “Thank you for your service, sacrifice, and valor.”

3 veterans - QOV

In their brochure explaining the program, QOV quoted one recipient, a veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan from ’05 to ’07.

Spc. JMcK, US Army, wrote,
“As silly as it might sound for a soldier with over three years in Iraq and Afghanistan to say, that blanket became a true item of comfort and peace for the road ahead.”

If you know a U.S. service man or woman or a veteran who might appreciate a Quilt of Valor, you can log on to http://www.QOVF.org and fill out an application. You also can discover on that site how to donate to the cause, join the organization, or designate a gift for a specific QOVF group or particular state.

It was a wonderful presentation. I wish more people in our Madison Valley had been there to hear Kathy’s message.

Do you have a Quilts Of Valor organization near you? Or do you know of a veteran who’d benefit? Think about it! There’s nothing like a warm blanket hug! My daughter DeDe sent me a blanket hug for Christmas last year. I love it!!

Jan - blanket hugSee ya later.

 

 

 

Comments on: "Quilts of Valor" (7)

  1. I’m so happy that you love your blanket! I gave mine from you to Denise when she moved into the smaller and chillier back bedroom and gave up her bigger bedroom for me and André. She deserves the warm fleecy hugs for being so generous with us 🥰 But I DO miss it! Now now…..I’m not saying that for you to send me another one! Just to say how much it is appreciated 💓❤️💓❤️

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    • Ah, DeDe, thank you for your generous heart. I am sure Denise loves it. She can use this extra hug – especially today – the day her sister left this earth. I’m glad it wasn’t yesterday on Denise & Nicky’s birthday, but today instead, on Antoine’s birthday. God’s timing always is perfect , isn’t it?

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  2. This is an amazing idea Jan! Hope it blesses many veterans! 🙂

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  3. An excellent idea.

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