Quilting students from Franklin, Cullowhee, Waynesville, Bryson City, and Sylva are teaming up to honor our service men and women.
The students in the summer quilting course at Southwestern Community College are giving back by forgoing their own projects for the class and dedicating a full session to creating squares for the Quilts of Valor Project.
The Quilts of Valor Project is a non-profit organization, founded in November 2003, with the goal of making quilts that would both heal and comfort returning service men and women touched by war. Quilters from around the nation send their handmade “pride” to a central location, where it is pieced together with the squares of other donors to create a beautiful patriotic lap quilt. Once the quilt is completed, it is awarded at one of many different levels: some go to military hospitals where chaplains award them to service members; there may be presentations of quilts to entire service units returning from combat deployments; they may be awarded at VA hospitals or presented individually.
This national grassroots community service effort connects the home-front with our wounded combat warriors and veterans in a way that undoubtedly says, “Thank you for your service, sacrifice, and valor.”
According to the project’s website, there have been over 65,000 quilts awarded to service members/veterans.