International nonprofit provides comfort, warmth to returning service members
With the simple stitching of two quilts, a Global Citizenship class at Minnesota School of Business-Plymouth helped physically and psychologically wounded veterans repair the fabric of their lives.
Quilts of Valor is an international organization dedicated to giving a handmade quilt to every wounded service member. Founded in 2004, the nonprofit has donated nearly 33,000 quilts.
The most common response from veterans presented with a quilt is, “I didn’t know anyone cared.”
“By participating in a program like this,” said instructor Elise Schebler Roberts, “our students carry on a long-standing tradition going back to the Revolutionary War of providing comfort and relief to people serving our country.”
The students worked in two groups to design and sew quilt tops. One group worked alone, while the other enlisted the help of 15 students outside the class for a “sew-in.” Two quilt tops were completed and sent off for batting and a backing. Finished quilts are given to a chaplain or social worker who identifies the recipients.
Student Nathan Burdick was one of three veterans who worked on this project.
“This class and this particular project were an excellent experience for many of the new students,” he said. “This helped because the others could see our passion for serving our brothers and sisters of the military.”