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    sunnyhope ... you can make and send a quilt directly to your friend. he'd get a huge boost from it and be the envy of his platoon. ;-)

    in fact, anybody who wanted to could send direct to somebody deployed. check out this great site: http://anysoldier.com/

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    http://anysoldier.com/
    If you click on WHERE TO SEND, you will get the info you need.
    You can also seperate by branch of service too.
    You can also search by ranks once you get to the page of the service....check the ranks...ie SFC, SGT, CPL, you can sort of get a general idea of their ages.
    PVT, PFC, SPC, CPL, SGT 1LT, 2LT, ENS, SN, FM, and any that have just 4 letters (Any 2 letters together with a number after it,,,such as MM3) are mainly probably no more than about 25. So if you are wanting to "target" the younger ones. (PVT, PFC, SN, FM and anything with 2 letters and the number 3 will be the mainly the youngest)

    If you live near a military base, you can call the Base Liason and ask about donations also.
    Just thought I'd add my 2 cents

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    that info is worth at least a quarter. might even need to pull out the paper money! ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    that info is worth at least a quarter. might even need to pull out the paper money! ;-)
    No, just send stash! lol

    I've had people ask me how to tell if they are younger, meaning just joined or not. Guess some just wanted to send to the young ones thinking that they probably missed their families more. I would tell them that it really doesn't matter. They ALL miss their families.
    Right now we are in the midst of having our "penciled" orders cancelled and hubby going to the "giant sandbox" for a tour. Not sure how I feel about that, but if they say he has to go, then he has to go. Nothing I can do.

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    Our guild, Cypress Creek Quilters' Guild, in Tampa, Florida, is devoting a workshop/sit and sew Saturday to making Quilts of Valor. So far, there have been many donations of fabric and a gorgeous quilt.
    I hope every quilter participates!

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    totally off-topic... men who are married and have children of their own probably miss their family even more than the single guys. I like to target that married age group. A mom at home with children, with her husband deployed, has less time to make quilts and send packages than the older mother of a young man. I have two military sons (one is out now) and my husband was in the military. I am able to do much more for the sons than I was for DH when I had a houseful of children.

    I would encourage you to be as "local" as possible. It's all appreciated!

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    [quote=BellaBoo]
    I like fact I can mail it directly. That's great! I have a quilt at the quilters now that will be perfect to donate.

    I joined a group that made the Cool Ties for the soldiers. It turned into basic training! Donated high quality cotton was rejected as being too girly if it had flowers or any pastel color or any shade of pink at all. Aren't there lady soldiers too? the cheap novelty fabric was accepted. One lady serged over 200 ties and they were rejected, no serging allowed. The Cool Ties are small, around the neck under the shirt, wet and dirty. Why all the rules about color and serging? Most of the ladies quit coming to make them. Oh the lady that serged hers, sent them to her grandson whose in the military and he said they were grabbed up in seconds.

    Because I make cool ties and quilts of Valor and Wounded Warrior quilts and Veteran's home lap quilts for wheel chair bound, I'm going to attempt to let you know the WHY of the rules.[quote]

    MILITARY REGULATION and KEEPING OUR MILITARY SAFE!

    Most of the countries we are fighting or stationed in do not allow their men and women to wear anything flowery or that makes them stand out from the Rulers. Our military become targets with anything different from the uniform they wear. I use lots of solid tans, dark mottled, or grays for the Afghanistan military.

    They weren't being rude on purpose. The Military Commanders and the Pentagon make the rules. I have had ladies make serged coolers, they were accepted as long as the stitching was tight enough to keep the crystals inside. BUT you have to shake them hard and you have to WET the neck cooler to be sure the surging won't come loose and possibly burn our military.

    Please don't be offended. It's a harsh world trying to kill our men and women in war zones.

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    [quote=Cathe]Thanks for the link for Marine Quilts, but it doesn't work! My second son just joined the Marines. I would love to have more information about this, if you have a live link.[quote]

    I will get you a link today, living near the largest Marine Corps Base in the world I have some contacts.

    I will not forget.

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    DJ,
    Suggestion:

    Our Quilt Guild has folks sign or write messages to the Veterans, military, wounded. in the white blocks for the Quilts. You might get more of the church members interested if you allow them to write a message with a pigma pen AND tie a spot. I always iron our blocks to set them but I've been assured you don't have to.

    Hugs,
    Sharon

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    You can also send quilts directly to a specific soldier. If you go to www.anysoldier.com, you can pick from your state, branch of service, or gender. You can also search for soldiers who are requesting warm bedding (I use blanket as the word to search). The site will give you the address of that soldier and you can make the gift much more personal that way. You can read about each soldier on that site, but I warn you, it is addicting.

    I have a son who is an officer in the AF who has been deployed three times. I have sent three quilts. The last two, he gave away to someone before leaving so they could have it. He also requested a quilt be sent to a soldier who got very little mail. I know each of the receipients can feel the love in every stitch.

    I think I have made over 2 thousand neck coolers too in the past 5 years! I always find inexpensive fabric to match the desert BDU and cut while I am babysitting the nephews, sew when I am home. I try to make two dozen a week.

    I would agree with all of those who said to give local. I believe that most VA groups send packages to their local troops and I think getting a package from your home has a bit more love in it.

    Diane

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    I will do some thing not sure just what yet. There a lot of different ways to help out. Personally I'm leaving tomorrow evening with DH with camper in tow to go see Major Brian R. Tidwell while he is still going to school at Ft. Levenworth KS. We had a few days with him over Memorial weekend but we had not seen our baby boy for 4 years. I intend to go spend as much time as I can get while I can! His next post is FT.Knox he will be taking over a ready fighting brigade (of tanks I think) His first love--he is a communications expert or as his wife says a computer nerd, what ever he is still my baby boy! I wish we could see the rest of the family maybe next year or if he gets time to come home before they take a notion to send them over.
    Sorry I'm so long like some of the rest of you I too have a son with a family.
    It's really hard on Mom and Dad.
    I'll touch base with all of you when I get back. Oh yes we are stopping long enough to pick up our youngest grandson cause he want's to camp and see his Uncle Brian!! He is 6. Pray for us he has enough energy for 5 people! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    Hey Patrice,

    Long time no hear. Amen to your answer for QOV. There are so many to still make. One of the ladies on a chat room got her kids in Jr. High involved with sewing and they got people and so on and so on and they took 720 quilts to one of the hospitals. That was amazing plus teaching the kids so much. Our men and women are so grateful for any slight show of kindness and appreciation. My SIL has had 2 1 1/2 yr. tours to Irag. been in Afgan., Kosov, and others so I know how lonely they get. His little boy is 6 and he has been gone 3 years of his life. They put their lives on the line for us so if you can help them feel better, please do. We have been in restaurants before and saw military couples or singles and just bought their lunches and they never knew but we sure felt good.
    Write me.

    Peggy

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    i'm here every day. sometimes i just lurk; sometimes i throw in my two cents. but i'm here ...

    i forget month after month to show up at the local guild, but i'm always here for you guys. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    i'm here every day. sometimes i just lurk; sometimes i throw in my two cents. but i'm here ...

    i forget month after month to show up at the local guild, but i'm always here for you guys. ;-)
    I, for one, am very thankful for that, too!!!
    Hugs

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    I had a question too, about the patriotic theme. While I understand, wouldn't the soldiers like a break and enjoy patterns in different colors and themes? I wold think there would lots of soldiers that hunt or fish (or ski or shop or ...), and miss that and would like a themed quilt. Or perhaps a feminine color scheme would be appreciated among all the camo stuff that's around them. Any thoughts?

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    Absolutely they love the different themed and different sets. They love the ones made from old jeans. Touches of home, flowers for the women, remember they are fighting in a man's world but I happen to know they DO like to get flowers on their quilts.

    Hugs,
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    Quote Originally Posted by tlrnhi
    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    that info is worth at least a quarter. might even need to pull out the paper money! ;-)
    No, just send stash! lol

    I've had people ask me how to tell if they are younger, meaning just joined or not. Guess some just wanted to send to the young ones thinking that they probably missed their families more. I would tell them that it really doesn't matter. They ALL miss their families.
    Right now we are in the midst of having our "penciled" orders cancelled and hubby going to the "giant sandbox" for a tour. Not sure how I feel about that, but if they say he has to go, then he has to go. Nothing I can do.
    Sending prayers your way.
    I guess with David OTR I understand the being gone all the time. It is very hard and takes a very strong woman to love and support. Having him sent into a war zone has to add more stress.


    Thanks for the Marine link I will have to make a couple and send them.
    I forgot all about anysolider need to find a marine from Idaho in honor of David.

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    My prayers are with the families and the ones who are deployed. Speaking as a woman who was deployed while on active duty I can tell you that anything from home is great. I can also tell you that it was harder having my daughter deploy 3 days after I got home. What I did was send lots of letters, home made stuff and of course silly stuff. The silly stuff was a great hit. My daughter worked in the medical career field so I sent ring suckers (by the 100s--from bulkfoods.com), water balloons, patriotic decorations since it was memorial day, etc. She, in turn, would share with the troops in the hospital.
    NOTHING beats a note, letter, or package from the states...no matter how big or small.
    Thanks to all who serve and all who support those who serve.

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    SharonC,
    Thank you so much for your service and love of our beloved America. I would hug you and give you a good old cry if I were near you. I'm so grateful to you and your daughter for all you've done for the safety of our citizens.

    Sharon D

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    Quote Originally Posted by mimisharon
    SharonC,
    Thank you so much for your service and love of our beloved America. I would hug you and give you a good old cry if I were near you. I'm so grateful to you and your daughter for all you've done for the safety of our citizens.

    Sharon D
    Thanks...it was a great adventure and one I'm so proud of, especially being a naturalized citizen. The least I could do for my country :)

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