2017 Sewing for Vets presentations

Rose Hawkins, Correspondent

Independent News

Excitement ran high for the VA patients living in the VA Danville Medical Center and for the ladies who made the quilts, as the Sewing for Veterans group presented new full-sized quilts to the Veterans. 

The goal of this group is to make a full size quilt for every veteran who lives in the Danville facility for each Veteran to keep for themselves. This was the second presentation they have done. 

The VA's nation-wide have an annual National Salute to Veteran Patients during the week of Valentines' Day, for veterans living in VA medical centers, outpatient clinics, domiciliaries and nursing homes. 

The purpose of the national salute is to pay tribute and express appreciation to Veterans; increase community awareness of the role of the VA medical center; encourage citizens to visit hospitalized Veterans and to become involved as volunteers.  

Last year, close to 80,000 VA volunteers gladly gave more than 11 million hours of service to Veterans.

“We wanted to end the National Salute to Veteran Patients on a high note by presenting these veterans with the quilts we made for them,” Deb Guidry, leader of the group said. 

“One of this group of Veterans was a 'kid' I went to school with, and I got to give him the quilt that I made! That was special to me, and I hope to him, too.”

Twelve of the sixteen members were at the VA for the presentation. All of the sixteen members have been a part of the Sewing for Veterans since its inception April, 2016. 

“We welcome new members,” Guidry says. “We meet at the Westville Library on the third Monday of each month, from noon to 4 PM, but we have a few people that do their quilts at home to contribute to our cause. 

Mr & Mrs Cornelius, from Danville, made a beautiful quilt with an American Eagle in the center, surrounded by reds, whites and blues; she did the piecing and he did the quilting. 

One lady took her quilt with her when she went south for the winter, another said she has no grandchildren to make quilts for, loves to sew, so this is perfect for her.

“We have had so many, many generous people,” Guidry continued. “Our group is funded only by donations. We have made twenty-five quilts so far, and appreciate every donation of fabric, notions and money. If you want to donate fabric, please make it 100% cotton, in reds, whites and blues, it's easier to work with. If you have questions or want to join us, call me at 217-369-5057.”

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