Local organization sends quilts to service members

While members of the military fight overseas, an organization here at home is doing their best to make sure service members know they are appreciated.

Operation: Quiet Comfort is an organization which makes quilts for injured service members and those who care for them. The reason the quilts are special however is because of the patches on them. Each quilt has 96 squares of blue denim with personalized messages on each of them. People from all around the country send in the squares so they can show their gratitude for our troops.

“We send these to the injured to keep them warm and let them know that a grateful nation truly cares for them and that they are not forgotten,” Jan Houin, board member for Operation: Quiet Comfort said. “We hope it’s a great big hug for them.”

They call these the four freedoms quilts, after President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s inauguration speech in 1941. In the speech he references the freedom of worship, the freedom of speech, the freedom from fear and the freedom from want.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of Operation: Quiet Comfort’s existence and to mark the occasion, they have created a special quilt which will hang at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

“What makes this one extra special is that it has one square from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia,” Houin said. “We’re really excited to present this and hopefully many, many people will see it and know a grateful nation truly cares.”

Operation: Quiet Comfort sends plenty of quilts to those currently serving in the military, but Houin was quick to mention those veterans who have served in the past.

“One of the things you can find on our website is that we’re trying to get it right this time,” Houin said. “By taking care of our military members today, we’re honoring our veterans of the past.”

The organization doesn’t just send quilts overseas. They also send backpacks filled with items soldiers appreciate. They call them “Go Bags” and they are filled with things like grooming kits, stationery, puzzle books and other reading materials. However, there is one very common item in the bags that they appreciate most. Clean socks. Houin says a clean pair of socks often boosts the morale of soldiers more than any other items.

For more information on Operation: Quiet Comfort, you can visit their website at www.operationquietcomfort.org.

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