Quilts of Valor Foundation to hold ‘block drive’ on Feb. 1

The Quilts of Valor Foundation, a national non-profit organization whose mission is to give comfort and healing to military service members and veterans through quilts, is holding a “Sew Day” in Ocean View on Feb. 1.

The goal of this “block drive” is to create blocks for future Quilts of Valor. In 2019 across the United States, 33,375 quilts were awarded to service member and veterans. Many more are still waiting for their quilt, because quilters can’t keep up with the demand.

The Quilts of Valor Foundation has set a goal of collecting 20,000 blocks in 2020 — that would be enough to create more than 400 quilts. While that would not eliminate the backlog of requests, it would go a long way toward getting Quilts of Valor to more service members and veterans.

The Sussex County Sew Day will be held at Mason Dixon VFW Post 7234 near Ocean View from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 1. Participants will be provided the materials to make blocks.

Some of the blocks made at each location will be sent on to the Quilt of Valor Foundation to be forwarded to states facing a significant lack of quilts to award, while some blocks will become quilts to be awarded to service members and veterans in Delaware.

Breakfast “goodies” and beverages will be available in the morning at the Sew Day event. Participants are also welcome to purchase lunch at the VFW or bring their own lunch. Desserts will be provided. Door prizes will be awarded hourly throughout the day.

Volunteers can sign up by contacting coordinators Dana Mason at dana.mason@qovf.org or (302) 448-9111; or Marguerite Niemoeller at marguerite.niemoeller@qovf.org or (240) 498-3185.

Mason-Dixon VFW Post 7234 is located at 29265 Marshy Hope Way, Ocean View, at the northern end of Cedar Neck Road.

Anyone who is unable to attend Sew Day events but who would like to contribute to the block drive, wishes to assist in Delaware’s Quilts of Valor effort, wishes to request a quilt for themselves or someone, or wants more information about Quilts of Valor can contact Mason or Niemoller at the above email addresses or phone numbers.