Lap Quilts for Veterans

GILBERT, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - A small gift can go a long way, especially for those who gave their all yet don't get much in return.

With a little love and a lot of fabric, a group of women are bringing 'a thread of hope' to our heroes.

"We need to take care of them," says Joanne Horn.

Dee Neal adds, "I feel it's a worthy cause."

Members of American Legion Auxiliary Unit Post 927 are making 80 lap quilts for war veterans in local nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

"They sacrificed for us, and we're here because of them," Horn explains.

The quilts are created one small square at a time. Once a week the ladies meet to sit down and sew.

"Everyone has their job and it's like a production line. We get four or five done a day. Some of them [veterans] have no one to see them on their birthday, nobody to see them at Christmas time. And it's just us," Horn says.

The women are creating quilts and new friendships.

"We tell jokes, and we laugh at our mistakes!" laughs Dee Neal.

Warming bodies and hearts one stitch at a time.

The group will distribute their creations in December, as an early Christmas gift for veterans.


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