|Harold Roberts, at center, received his Quilt of Valor as part of a church service. Pictured from left are his daughter Carolyn Miles, wife Doris Roberts, pastor Fr. Breen, son-in-law Dan Miles, and St. Leonard’s Parish Council Member Anne Dugan.|
THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX!
By Barbara Conner
As Individual Request Coordinator, my biggest challenge is finding local volunteers to award requested quilts—our recipients deserve a hand-delivered award, not a quilt arriving in a box!
I breathe a sigh of relief when I can forward a special request to a State Coordinator. Occasionally, though, there is no SC, so I’ve become creative. If, like me, you need to coordinate a presentation that is a great distance from you, here are some suggestions:
--Contact your local VFW or American Legion.
--Consider the local sheriff or mayor, especially in small towns. Sheriff Patrick Boggs of Maysville, Kentucky, felt honored to make an award. As a member of the Kentucky Sheriff’s Association, he offered help with the whole state! Many law officers have had previous military careers. Check with the recipient’s family to see if they know any of these local officials.
--Ask the recipient if his or her pastor or priest might make the award. A Quilt of Valor presented after a service or Mass allows the entire congregation to witness the recipient’s honor. Many military chaplains have helped us award QOVs.
--Identify local QOVF groups from our home page. One of our volunteers may live in the recipient’s hometown or neighborhood.
--Don’t forget the veteran who has already been awarded a Quilt of Valor. He or she might be the most appropriate awarder of all.
Please, present a Quilt of Valor “outside the box,” not in one!