CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) To many walking by, it might not look like much. But these people represent a nationwide group providing quilts for US veterans.
The Central Wyoming Quilts of Valor group meets every Wednesday at the Senior Services Center in Casper.
The Quilts of Valor Foundation began in 2003 when the mother of a soldier deployed in Iraq had a dream. In this dream, Catherine Roberts saw that quilts can help the healing process of soldiers mentally and physically.
The foundation has now grown to hundreds of chapters nationwide, including five in Wyoming. The Crossroads Quilters represent Casper and there are also chapters in Laramie, Cheyenne, Sheridan and Riverton.
Each group member works on their own quilt, whether that be at the meetings or in the comfort of their own home. Each quilt aims to reflect the recipients service history.
“Currently we have eight recipients that we are going to be awarding quilts to in November. We’d really appreciate any help that we can get on getting more recipients.” said Linda Tackett, group leader for the Central Wyoming Quilts of Valor Chapter.
Tackett enjoys how creative the group is with their quilts and wants to find more recipients for the awards in November.
Veterans Day is when the quilt awards are given out. The Quilts of Valor group has given out over 200,000 quilt awards since 2003.