Chaffee County Quilts of Valor are in their seventh year. To date, 600 quilts have been created.
This particular quilt was created by Else Adams and quilted by Sandy Bloom. Else and Sandy reside in Colorado at Campground of the Rockies during the summer months. Else works on her quilts during the winter months and brings them to Colorado when they return for the summer. Most of the quilts we make are sent to Denver VA Hospital to the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder department. When recipients graduate from the program, they get to go pick out a quilt and have it presented to them as they graduate. Many of the graduates today are Vietnam veterans. All of them are very grateful to be presented with a quilt.
The quilts we make have also been sent to Hawaii, to the burn unit at a hospital in Texas, Ft. Drum in New York State. A few years ago, we sent some quilts to the first every Wounded Warrior games in Colorado Springs. Quilts have also been sent directly to Afghanistan and Landstubl Hospital in Germany. When Ft. Hood had their tragedy, Chaffee County Quilts of Valor sent several quilts to be distributed to the wounded or their families.
A very special moment for me was when I delivered some quilts to the VA Hospital in Denver and I attended one of the graduations there. When I presented the quilt, the young man said, “This is for me?” When I replied yes, he said, “We didn’t think anyone out there cared about us.” I then told him that there were many people out there that cared and that we just hoped this quilt would give him some comfort and that when he or anyone else received a quilt, they just needed to remember that we do care and we would continue to make these quilts as long as they are needed.
A special thank you to residents of Chaffee County, who support this project. It is a true labor of love from the quilters. There are seven or eight of us who meet at Sangre de Cristo Electric company or at Bev’s Stitchery once a month to work on these quilts.
Anyone is welcome to come and help us sew. We meet the third Monday of every month. Fabric is always appreciated for working on these quilts. We do prefer patriotic fabrics especially red, white and blue fabrics. If fabric is donated, it must be 100 percent cotton.
For additional information, you can contact Linda Lafford at 395-0811 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Quilts can be sponsored for $75 and will cover cost of materials, shipping charges and delivery of quilts to their recipient.