Saturday, August 18, 2012

A Delivery - A Welcome and - A Good-bye

The CT Quilters were so pleased that we were able to put together and deliver another batch of quilts to the Poly-Trauma Unit of the James A. Haley VA Hospital here in Tampa, FL.    Pat (a founder and leader of the CT Quilters) delivered nine quilts for our group – Wahoo!

While at Haley, Pat discovered that Ronika, our liaison in Volunteer Services, has been promoted and will be leaving Haley and working in another state.  Congratulations to Ronika!  The CT Quilters want you to know that you will be missed down here in Tampa, but we wish you well with your new posting.
Dawn (l) and Ronika (r) with Patricia's Donated QOV
 And Pat was introduced to our new liaison, Dawn.  Dawn is a Volunteer at the VA from the American Legion Auxiliary.  We are pleased to be working with you now, Dawn, and we are happy to report that we already have more quilts in the works!

Here are some of the pictures of the preparation and delivery of the quilts. 
Quilts and Presentation Packages (pillowcases) being prepared
The volunteers reported that they were sorry that we couldn’t all see the joy on the recipient’s faces when they received their quilts, but we understand that security must remain tight and that privacy should be protected.  We just want each of these service personnel to know that we are trying to give them a piece of home and a touch of comfort.
Each quilt has a special label on the back
We also enclose a letter of thanks with each of the Quilts of Valor that we award so that the recipients know how much we value their service and sacrifice.  Each quilt is awarded in a pillowcase presentation package.
Stack ready to go with letters
Pat at Haley with the QOVs
And as a side note, we received a lovely letter of thanks from the Department of Veterans Affairs for our previous donation of quilts.  We feel privileged to be a part of the Quilts of Valor program and in turn, we thank the Dept and its volunteers for facilitating to get the quilts awarded to their new owners.

Pat has more news about their fall fundraiser and I will write more about that in another post!  Keep your eyes out …

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