Concordia Retirement Community Crafts ‘Quilts of Valor’ for Wounded Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan
Residents Partner with Local Quilting Group ‘Bella Vista Calico Cut Ups’ to Create First Quilt
BELLA VISTA, Ark. (August 25, 2014) – Several Bella Vistans, residents of the Concordia Retirement Community, banded together recently to participate in the Quilts for Valor project to help bring comfort to those who have fought and sacrificed for our country.
Residents of Concordia Retirement Community were excited to be a part of the event on Monday, Aug. 18, which was held at Concordia’s activities building.
Participants, also known as “quilt-toppers,” hand-stitched the precut quilt pieces into a full quilt-top that will be finished later by a machine quilter.
The Quilts of Valor Foundation, a national grassroots organization started by Blue Star mom Catherine Roberts, of Seaford, Del., coordinates volunteers across the country to create quilts that are sent to American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan who “have been touched by war” in both seen and unseen ways.
Locally quilts are often distributed to veterans at the Fayetteville VA Medical Center.
JoAnn Brinkman, a Concordia resident who wanted to bring the Quilts of Valor project to the retirement community, solicited the help of her friend and local quilter Fern Haskins. Haskins, a member of the Calico Cut Ups quilting group, gladly stepped in to provide quilting lessons and help make the Concordia Retirement Community event a reality.
“Our group has created and donated thousands and thousands of quilts to the project,” says Haskins. “But this will certainly be one of the more special quilts I’ve helped craft.”
“We have a tremendous amount of gratitude and appreciation for our soldiers and veterans, and we want them to know that we honor them and respect their service,” says Sharon Bettis, Activities Director at Concordia Retirement Community. “We hope this creative quilt will be a tangible token of appreciation as well as a comfort and reminder that we are thinking about them.”