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Vets Get Quilts of Valor

Liz Barnett presents Army Sgt. Ken Mason with his quilt.

By Johanna Hovik

TUCKAHOE – South Shore Stitchers gathered at the Tuckahoe Methodist Church Dec. 14 to honor two local Vietnam War veterans with Quilts of Valor.
Quilts of Valor is a national organization founded in 2003 by a woman whose son was overseas serving and wanting to send him something special. She created a handmade quilt representing her loving arms wrapped around him, the heartfelt gift was so well received, thus began the Quilts of Valor organization.  The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with a comforting and healing quilt. 
By the work of Cape May County’s South Shore Stitcher group, two were honored and draped with a Quilt of Valor.
The 129-member South Shore Stitchers, joined to create these handmade quilts and presented them to Coast Guard veteran Quartermaster 3rd class Barry Green and Army Sgt. Ken Mason, both served in Vietnam. 
Green and Mason were extremely appreciative and Mason explained how hard it was returning after Vietnam and the importance that the community honors its military veterans. 
South Shore Stitchers are extremely active, creating over 1,000 pillowcases in 2015 which are distributed to cancer patients as well as many other projects locally and nationwide.
To contact Johanna Hovik, email jhovik@cmcherald.com.

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