The following quilts have been more recently awarded. Fourteen quilts have been sent to a residential facility in upstate NY for female soldiers suffering from PTSD due to sexual assult during wartime experience oversees. May God be with them and bless them and those who are helping in their recovery.
Several more quilts have been sent, through the Red Cross, to the hospital in Washington DC for returning vets injured in Afghanistan.
Several quilts have been given to local veterans in honor of their service. Some are young veterans recently returned from war, others are older vets and some are Vietnam veterans.
Thank you to the Sink family and the Hammond family who have been so very generous with donations that help in the expenses of making quilts. Thank you to Diane Hammond who has helped with making quilts and Kathy Lens for making many quilt casings for the presentations.
Thank you to everyone who has been praying for my recovery from cancer. I have been in remission for a while now and am doing very well - thanks be to God. It has been an incredible blessing to be involved in this work of love and to hear from our brave and beautiful veterans and listen to their stories. They are truly more amazing than any words can describe and I am so blessed and honored to give them the very small gift of a quilt and the bigger gift of the thanks and deep appreciation of so many people who support them.
The Central NY Chapter of the USA Quilts of Valor is proud to announce the December 23rd, 2010 recipients. They are Sergeant First Class Roy Mitchell, US Army of Carthage, NY and Cpl. Anthony Castillo, US Army, of Delhi NY. Congrtulations gentlemen, God bless you and your loved ones and Merry Christmas!
As of this August, Quilt of Valor Recipients for 2010 are local NY veterans, Doug Capraro, US Army, Bud Osborne, US Marine Corps, and Bill and Buffy Sink, US Army. They are all outstanding members of their communities and have continued serving others in many ways throughout their lives. I is an honor to know them and their families.
December 27th, 2009 Thank you to those who donated towards shipping quilts. This past week 10 quilts were shipped to Fort Hood, Texas to honor the medical personnel who were in the building processing soldiers when the gunman started to fire. They will be honored in a special ceremony January 7th, 2010. God bless you all and we are so sorry for your trauma and suffering and thank you for you service. Another 7 quilts were shipped to San Diego VA patients, c/o Mike and Ann Sloan in Coronado, CA. The quilts were presented to Marines from Iraq and Afghanistan. God bless our Marines and we thank you for your service and keep you always in our thoughts and prayers. To Mike Sloan, thank you for your service to our soldiers and helping us to get their quilts to them. God bless you.
November 12th 2009 I am sorry it's been a while since I've updated this page. I got hit by the "cancer truck" this past August and it slowed me down for a while. I did hear from Brendan's father a while back and he reports that Brendan is making progress towards his goals. Please keep the family in your prayers. He was recently reunited with his platoon for a very special visit and I saw some of the photographs. Wow!
April 19th, 2009 -Urgent Prayer Request for Brendan Marrocco, wounded warrior, Iraq. Earlier this week he was not expected to survive his injuries and is still in critical condition. He is currently hospitalized in Germany facing quadruple amputations of arms and legs. He is a 21 year old from NY and is the sole survivor of a Humvee bombing. Please pray for him and his family who recently flew to Germany to be with him. Please pray for his fellow soldiers in arms. Thank you and God bless you.
April 29th update - Brendan has been moved to Walter Reed in Washington DC and has survived his injuries. He is undergoing procedures to save one of his eyes, so please keep him in prayer.
June 17th, 2009 update- I hope to refer Brendan's family to Homes for our Troops since he meets the qualifications. I hope so much they can help him. I have been working on his quilt and I poured my heart into it. It's finally ready to be shipped out. Thank you to my sister Mary Beth who is helping me out as my point of contact keeping us up to date on information. Update - June 25th, 2009 A big thank you thank you to Avery Marder, Brooklyn, NY for accepting shipment of Brendan's quilt and his Homes for our Troops referral information, in order to hand deliver it to him at Walter Reed next week. God bless you!
June 18th, 2009 - Our founder Gail has just returned from her "Quilts Across America" trip from California, her home, to Camp Lejeune. She collected over 1,300 quilts to present to the returning Batallion of Marines. She and her family did such a wonderful job of sharing her trip all along the way I felt like I was there. We love you guys!!!! Please see my video of the presentation of quilts to the soldiers on the video link. We love our soldiers!!! Next week I will have the honor of visiting the traveling Wall, a reproduction of the Wall in Washington DC to honor fallen Vietnam soldiers. We will be bringing a flower to place for my husband's classmate who gave his life by throwing himself on top of a grenade to save his platoon. There are so many loving, heroic soldiers who can't tell their stories, so the Wall brings them to us. I feel so privileged to be able to go to this event. I talked to the vet who is in charge of the ceremonies there and they expect thousands of people. What a great idea for us to be able to honor veterans in this way. God bless the American Legion who sponsors so many exceptional events like this one. I have been meeting amazing, wonderful people who love our soldiers so much and I thank everyone who has given me donations for mailing out quilts lately. Everything always seems to fall into place at the right time. Thank you for your kindness.
Some of my favorite photos:
Soldiers at Fort Brag picking out their quilts.
No words necessary.
Gals and a guy and quilts of valor.
What can I possibly say!
Soldiers and their quilts!
Giant stack of quilts! Deserves giant bunch of hugs!
Jo Ellen Maring, Founder, Central NY Quilts of Valor
Do as much as you can, the best that you can, for as long as you can.
Be kinder than necessary. It's so important to be kind because everyone you know is fighting some sort of battle.
Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it is a quiet voice at the end of a day saying... "I will try again tomorrow."
And a final thought from Wounded Warrior Brendan Morocco "I don't give up when I'm tired. I don't give up when I'm in pain. I try and fight through everything."