Assistance Needed for Our Soldiers
“Quilts for Wounded Soldiers” is a program started in April, 2003 by the Southern Maryland Quilt Guild. The quilts are given to wounded soldiers returning from Iraq to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. April of this year, it was found there were not enough quilts for each soldier. This meant that quilts were being given to only the most seriously injured, while others looked on. Carol Mitchell and friends of the Southern Maryland Quilt Guild decided to go nationwide with this program. The goal is to make sure that every wounded soldier gets a quilt.
After a call to US Marine Corps Liaison Ofc, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, verifying this information, Iris Imler presented this project to the Trails of Thread Quilt Club and the Club adopted it for our county. The Officer at the National Naval Medical Center, whose office is responsible for distributing the quilts, said the quilts are given to our men and women wounded soldiers as they are carried from the aircraft or ship for treatment. CWO Luster from Bethesda commented to the Southern Maryland Quilt Guild that some of the soldiers hang the quilts on the wall to save them while others become very attached, much like Linus to his blanket. The soldiers enjoy receiving letters and cards also.
The Project is not only for the Club but for the city, county, and surrounding area interested persons. Nov. 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the Boise City High School Wildcat Pride Room (Old Home Ec) we will begin. Plans are to sew the evening of the 19th, all day Saturday the 20th, and until 6 p.m. on Sunday the 21st. We can continue on Saturday the 27th and Sunday the 28th. You do not have to be a quilter or a member of our group to attend. We would appreciate anyone that is interested as we will need persons to cut, iron, piece, and quilt.
If you are not able to assist in the construction, we are asking for donations of red/white/blue fabric, patriotic quilts you may have already pieced or funds to purchase fabric and pay for some machine quilting. This program is tax deductible if records are kept. Criteria for the quilts is that they be red/white/blue and no smaller than 36" x 36" to lap size. Small notes should be attached to the quilts. These are going to a smoke free environment where the smoke smell is very noticeable so it is requested that quilts from smokers be washed before they are shipped. This is not to offend anyone just thinking of our wounded.
The address for cards, letters and where the quilts will be sent is:
US Marine Corps Liaison Ofc
National Naval Medical Center
8901 Wisconsin Av
Bldg 10, Rm 1014
Bethesda, MD 20889
Mark your calendars for Nov. 19-21 and Nov. 27-28 if you plan to attend. For more information or to make a donation, contact Iris Imler 580-544-3217, after 5 p.m. or any members of the Trails of Thread Quilt Club.
Boise City News, P.O. Box 278