The Quilts of Valor Foundation began in 2003. After her son was deployed to Iraq, Catherine Roberts felt the need to help in some way. Being a quilter, she made a quilt for a wounded returning service member to offer comfort and healing. Now, more than thirteen years later, it is a national organization and to date at December 2016, over 151,400 quilts have been awarded to active duty military members and veterans from all American conflicts. The mission of the Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. It's going to be an awesome task to do that when you consider that there are over 2 million active duty and reserve troops plus over 22 million veterans out there today. That is why, unfortunately, we cannot present QOVs to family members or children of service members or veterans – there are many other groups that work towards those missions.
The association between The Village Quilters and Quilts of Valor began with a challenge – our usual guild challenge. We issue one every other year and in June 2009 it was to create a patriotic Quilt of Valor which is a special, tangible way to say “Thank You for your Service”. After the competition, all the quilts were to be distributed to wounded or returning veterans. We had our best response ever and 85 quilts were made and distributed. From that time on, a large number of quilters were hooked and wanted to continue the cause. Our TVQOV group was formed that year and, since then, meets once a month to create the special “Thank You” quilts. The QOV group is a registered group member of QOVF and to date at December 2016 (including the original 85), we have distributed over 500 Quilts of Valor for the east Tennessee area and beyond.
Tellico Village QOV (TVQOV) group meets the 4th Monday of every month (except December) at 9 AM at the Chota Rec Center. Contact Arliss Barber for further information at [email protected]
In early March, Leslie Phillips, Rita Hollenbacher, and Linda Arbuckle had the honor or representing the guild at the Tellico Lake American Legion. The Legion Post presented a check to us for the Quilts of Valor. Our reps were touched to hear a few of their members tell the importance of quilts they have previously received.
March 2, 2017; Tellico Lake American Legion Post #256 presented Village Quilters with a check for Quilts of Valor.
Pictured: Commander Vic Vickery, Leslie Phillips, Rita Hollenbacher and Linda Arbuckle