Ever heard of war fatigue? It's what we get when we're sick and tired of reading/hearing about the Iraq war. We don't even bother asking when it will end because we all know that the end is no where in sight - especially now that there is going to be a troop surge in Afghanistan - we're going to be hearing more and more about war...and the casualties it takes. Which is why I'm writing this post today. American Hero Quilts, the charitable foundation that provides a quilt to all injured returning soldiers and Marines, once again needs our help. This time, they are desperate for quilts and quilt tops. Sue Nebeker, the amazing woman behind American Hero Quilts, delivers 100 quilts each month to Madigan Army Hospital in Tacoma, Washington. This month, however, she is also sending 100 quilts to Afghanistan to be used by the troops over there. She is just one woman folks...and even though she has the desire, stamina, strength and abilities of 100 women, she needs more help.
We took the ferry over to Vashon Island where Sue lives - it was a beautiful (and rare) sunny day. Sue greeted us like old friends and gave us the grand tour...pictured above right is what 100 quilts looks like all bagged up and waiting to go. I say waiting because it's going to cost about $800 to ship those quilts to Afghanistan...unless SOMEONE KNOWS SOMEONE who can help Sue out?!? If you do...if you know someone in the military who can help her get these quilts to Afghanistan - please contact her by going to the American Hero Quilts Website.
More quilts - stacks of them waiting to be photographed. Sue takes pictures of every quilt that is donated and keeps copious records. She'd love to take a picture of YOUR quilt or quilt top. I know it's the wrong time of year to be asking...but really, is there ever a good time? IF you have the time to piece together a twin size top in red, white and blue fabrics, she would greatly appreciate it. Sue has women who are willing to quilt the tops - she just needs people to make them and get them to her. Please go to her website for instructions on how to piece together a top, what fabrics to use and where to send them.
Pictured above is just one of the many thank-you notes Sue has received. Take a moment and let it sink it...it's really heartbreaking - I've got no words for this.
Maybe you can get your quilt group together to piece a quilt top? Maybe you can just get together with a few friends? Maybe you can skip one night of merry-making and sit and sew...I know I'm asking a lot...but just think about that Marine wrapping himself up in a red, white and blue quilt with a label that says THANKS...need I say more?