Last week Springs Creative had the privilege of hosting our second Quilts of Valor presentation. Along with the the Quilts of Valor Foundation, Springs Creative presented three veterans with handmade, patriotic Quilts of Valor quilts as a token of gratitude for their service.
The quilts were made by the SCPG Open Hearts, the official QOV quilting group of Spring Creative. These women logged long hours, quilting on lunch breaks and on weekends, in order to present Brady Trotter, Jason Frey, and Tony Reyes with these special keepsakes.
Tears streamed down each veterans’ face, as they were presented with this precious award. The first quilt was presented to veteran, Brady Trotter for his service in Vietnam as a Telecommunication Operator. Having met with hostility upon returning home from his tour, the beautiful quilt served as the warm welcome he had yet to receive.
Veteran Jason Frey recently returned home from service in Iraq in both the army and the air force. This quilt will serve as a reminder of America’s gratitude and indebtedness to both him and the men still in Afghanistan, for the rest of his life.
The presentation of the third quilt to Veteran Tony Reyes was especially emotional as his daughter (and Springs Creative employee), Kristine Nelson surprised him by giving Mr. Reyes a quilt she made especially to honor her father’s 22 years of service in the United States Marine Corps.
Springs Creative is honored to be a part of this endeavor, and will continue to partner with the Quilts of Valor Foundation, in covering service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.
To date the Quilts of Valor Foundation has awarded over 115,000 quilts to military personnel both active and retired. For more information about Quilts of Valor or to get involved, please visit www.qovf.org.