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Homemade quilts warm Soldiers hearts

Soldiers from the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division who had returned recently from deployment received a special gift July 16, 2010, homemade quilts with letters of thanks tucked away inside  Each quilt was assembled and stitched together by local community members to show their appreciation

One supporter writes, "For all you risk, I offer my prayers  For all you represent, I offer my gratitude  This quilt is a small token of appreciation, a way that I can reach out to offer comfort and to let you know, in a tangible way, that someone really does care  Wrap yourself in its warmth and allow yourself to feel its support"

Approximately fifteen quilts were distributed to Soldiers who work at the Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site (MATES) building at Camp Ripley The Quilts of Valor have the names of each person on a corner who contributed to piecing them together along with a special message to each Soldier
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"When you see this, remember me," quilter Lucille wrote  "Each stitch is a thank you and prayer for your good health"

Quilts of Valor is a foundation set up to send quilts to warriors and veterans who have sacrificed time and more for their country  According to qovforg, the foundation has awarded over 28,000 quilts since its initial start 

"The deployment went really good, but it is definitely nice to be home and see some green," said Sgt Nicole Feldhege  "I really appreciate all their support, I think I'll put it in my office"
"The true thanks belongs to the people who made these quilts," said Sgt 1st Class Gerald Bertrand  "It is really nice of them to do something like this" 

The cost of the material and postage for the quilts comes from donations made by people from the local community and all around the country  For more information on how to help the Quilts of Valor Foundation, visit qovforg

By Spc Zac Mangas
Camp Ripley Public Affairs
July 16, 2010





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