Handmade quilts change lives for East Tennessee veterans

A Quilt of Valor is a generous lap-sized quilt (minimum of 55 X 65) made by a quilt topper (the piecer) of quality fabrics and beautifully quilted by a longarmer.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Quilts of Valor is an organization that makes quilts and gives them to veterans as a way to comfort and thank them for their service.

It's an organization that was started by a Blue Star mom, Catherine Roberts in Seaford, Delaware. Over the years it has spread across the country giving away more than 90,000 quilts to veterans.

In East Tennessee, volunteers fill 7 different workshops to create the quilts. It takes them hours to piece the patterns together and finish just one; but they are dedicated and willing to give a piece of handmade love to a veteran.

Quilts of Valor works off donations and support from the community. The fabric to make the quilts are donated along with the supplies to make it look professional. But you don't have to know how to sew to help; monetary donations are always welcomed so the volunteers can buy everything they might not get from donations.

You might be wondering how a quilt can really help a veteran? Well, it's simple said the Gene Carnes, a veteran who received a quilt.

"My quilt shows me that there are good people in this world who care and who take the time, money, energy and talent to create something for someone they don't even know."

It provides a different kind of comfort when veterans deal with the aftermath of war.

Dennis Taylor, Quilts of Valor organizer said "No matter who you are-- war changes you. You come back a different person and dealing with that is difficult. Our quilts are a way to show love and support without saying a word."

If you want to be a part of this non-profit; it's easy. They are always looking for volunteers, donations and names of deserving veterans. Click the link below to find all the information!

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