Chapter 299 presented a check to Terry Austin in Rock Island, Iowa to give Chapter 669 members and veterans of other wars ‘Quilts of Valor’.
The donation of $800 to the Quilts of Valor Foundation will go towards making quilts for veterans that have fought in conflicts in Vietnam, Korea, Iraq, Japan, Germany, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Germany.
Veterans throughout the country have remarked how the quilts have comforted them in the midst of their PTSD. Recipients have said that the personally delivered gifts are meaningful because they are made by the hands of people in the community as a gesture of appreciation, beyond the recognition bestowed by our government.
Chapter 669 member and retired postal worker Clayton Peterson has designed over 20 quilts for Quilts of Valor, including one with a U.S. Postal Service theme for fellow chapter member Gunter Terronez.
Peterson and some of the other 20 local quilters presented 72 quilts during two recent ceremonies just before Veterans Day.
The idea for Quilts of Valor started in 2003 when a Delaware nurse, Catherine Roberts made a quilt for her son, an Iraq veteran, after his PTSD episodes. When she saw how the quilt calmed him, she was certain that there were other veterans in need of the same comfort and community appreciation.
Quilts of Valor has distributed over 172,000 quilts nationwide and each quilt is hand delivered either in a ceremony or a personal visit.
In Rock Island, there are over 40 volunteers working 200 hours a month to make the quilts. They made 250 quilts this year.