Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Quilts for Soldiers

Here's a heartwarming story about a Wisconsin Grandma who makes quilts for soldiers . Snip:
A seamstress since the days when sewing machines were a household staple, Delores has created more than 200 quilts to cover and comfort U.S. military men and women serving overseas.

"One young man e-mailed me to tell me it was so cold up in the mountains all they had to cover up with were the liners from their ponchos," Delores recalled. "They are all so grateful for a little warmth from home."

It seemed like a natural thing to do with all the piles of leftover material Delores had stacked up around the house — odds and ends saved through the years that left the grandmotherly senior asking herself "What am I going to do with all this?"

The twin-bed sized quilts she fashions with love are stuffed with mattress pads she finds at places like Goodwill and St. Vincent De Paul, and tied together with pieces of yarn the old-fashioned way.....

Through the years, Delores has heard back from dozens and dozens of soldiers telling her that her quilts are "awesome." She hears stories from them about nearly empty supply headquarters overseas, and the need for things like underwear, socks and sheets.

Several times each week, the 87-year-old searches the Website Anysoldier.com for a list of troops and units looking for supplies.

"I've also been asked to make baby quilts for children in Iraq, Kosovo, Afghanistan. I'm glad to help," she said.

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