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Thread: quilts for wounded soldiers

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    quilts for wounded soldiers

    I want to make quilts for our wounded soldiers, and am having a hard time finding where to send them. I would prefer the state of Minnesota, as I don't have the money to send them out. I know of Quilts Of Valor, but their "rules" are too restricted. I want to make my quilts from jeans, and they wouldn't be accepted. Also, I like to do my own quilting, and they don't allow meandering, which is a very acceptable method of quilting.
    Do any of you from Minnesota know of any other charity groups that accept quilts for wounded soldiers, and don't have the many restrictions that QOV has?

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    Do you have a veteran's hospital near by? If so, call them and ask what their requirements are.

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    yes. And bring them there. Hand them out to someone who needs help. they won't turn that away.
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    What a kind thing your doing! I agree with the others, check with your local veterans home or veterans organization.
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    thank you for those quick replies. I've read articles from the VA, here, and they asking people to "stop quilting. They have enough quilts"!!

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    Maybe instead of wounded soldiers you could make some quilts for your local homeless shelter, or maybe your area has children's group homes that are in need of quilts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aria View Post
    thank you for those quick replies. I've read articles from the VA, here, and they asking people to "stop quilting. They have enough quilts"!!
    Is there a Fisher House near your VA hospital? They put up the families when visiting wounded soldiers, and probably would be thrilled to have a stash of quilts on hand. Here's their website: www.fisherhouse.org .

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    okay, I guess Minnesota has enough. if you are really wanting to help veterans, there are other states. Pick another state, or consider another way to help families of people who are serving. Look at maybe sending quilts to their families while they are away. Comfort comes in many forms.
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    I just Googled QOV and it doesn't exclude meandering. I'm not sure the quilt on my machine has consistent stitches in the required stitch length, but I'm going to send it. It is not red, white and blue, but not everyone wants RW&B.

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    Thank you for that info. I just sent an e-mail to the woman in charge in Minnesota.

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    Our guild sends quilts to "American Heros" . I do not have the address at home, but try googling it. If you can't afford the postage, perhaps finding a local group that would like to be part of such a good cause, and would be willing to pay for the postage.

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    Do you have a American Legion or a VFW near you? I,too, am in MN and there is a VFW in the city nearest me. I would think you could find info there. Also, isn't there several Veteran's Hospital's in MN? I know what you mean about the Quilts of Valor being very restrictive in their rules. I must confess I was a little put off by the rules that must be adhered to so that a Quilt of Valor would be accepted. Good Luck!

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    There is a post on here from 2010 that called for 500 quilts to be given out during the Warrior Games, which is basically Olympics for physically and psychologically impaired veterans. I know it's outside of your state, but this event is coming up again in May in Colorado Springs. You might contact them and see if they are giving out quilts again this year. Their site said to email them at [email protected] if the department you were looking for wasn't listed. You could also try to contact CasaManana (who did the 2010 post) but she hasn't posted on here in a long time.

    I hope this helps!
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    Look for the VA hospital in your area. I am sure they will accept them with no restrictions.
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    Contact your nearest National Guard or American Legion for suggestions. Also call local churches to see if there is a group of sewers/quilters meeting there who are making "soldier quilts".

    I found my latest soldier by reading the local news. He has returned from Afghanistan with his service dog who served 4 tours and developed PTSD - yep, dogs get it too - and I contacted the reporter who wrote about them. The reporter put me in touch with the soldier and we will be presenting both of them with quilts during our local guild's quilt show next weekend.

    Having taken a stack of quilts to the VA Hospital in Richmond VA 2 years ago, I feel that one of the reasons they are asking for "no more quilts" is because the quilts are piling up in various offices where there are no personnel to properly disperse them and no one cares for them....they are stacked helter-skelter all over the floor. As we left we sort of wished we had just walked up to various men in wheelchairs and handed them a quilt.

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