A Letter to the Director...
Good Morning Susan
I so enjoyed reading your new Mission and
Core Values. Your distribution intent touched my heart and was the very
reason that I personally got invoked with QOV. My step-son, Major Ryan
Burke has been deployed 5 times to the mid-East. He just returned from
Kuwait in July. During this deployment I contacted him to see if he knew
of a service man or woman that he personally knew that would like one of my
quilts. I might add, I was planning on donating one quilt. His
response to me was that any one of his 150 troops deployed with his would love a
quilt. I went a few steps beyond my initial intent by distributing 150
quilts at the troops Welcome Home ceremony. It was indeed a heart warming
moment when I got to personally witness the gratitude and surprise these well
deserving service men and women expressed as they chose which quilt they took
home with them. I have personally witnessed how the war has affected my
step son and his family in way too many ways. Every single one of those serving
today will be emotionally if not also physically affected. My token of
appreciation with this act of love thru my stitches could never repay my
appreciation for all they have given to each of us.
I would also like to
add that your Colorado Coordinator, Alycia Carmin was unbelievably
awesome. She knew the hoops to jump thru and made the entire distribution
totally possible. She is soooooooooooooo dedicated and committed to the
cause by driving to FT Carson, 2 hours from her home, 2-4 times a week.
Alycia deserves a volunteer service award if QOV awards them. Without her,
my personal mission would never have been accomplished.
I'm so proud
to be a part of such a magnificent and focused group. I plan to continue
making quilts for the cause as well as donating my service to long-arm quilt
donated quilts. Keep up and great job. I appreciate all your hard