BARSTOW, Calif. - Kelly Smith and Kathy Choi of Southern California Quilts of Valor have turned what some would call a hobby into a way of honoring combat service members and veterans through their efforts with Quilts of Valor Foundation.
The Quilts of Valor Foundation has produced and presented thousands of quilts across the nation to deserving service members. A Quilt of Valor is a generous lap-sized quilt (minimum of 55 X 65) made by a quilt-topper (the piecer) of quality fabrics and beautifully quilted by a longarmer. After it has been bound, washed, labeled and wrapped in a presentation case, it is ready to be awarded.
“Although this is my first time (presenting), it really humbles me and makes me even more thankful for their (service members) service,” said Kelly Smith, a QOV volunteer.
Cpl. Samuel Ribeiro, adjutant NCO in charge on Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, was recently presented a quilt for not only his service, but also his selection as the MCLB Barstow Marine of the Quarter.
“I knew a little about the organization because some of the Marines here were given one when they returned home from deployment during the Welcome Home Heroes event on base,” said Ribeiro.
Although Ribeiro has not had the opportunity to deploy, he was still recognized for his contributions and ability to stand out amongst his peers, which earned him the nomination to receive a quilt.
“Each quilt takes about two months to construct and QOVs are stitched with love, prayers and healing thoughts,” said Kathy Choi, a volunteer with Quilts of Valor.
“When they presented me the quilt I thought about how lucky I was to get one,” concluded the Boston native.
To request a ‘Quilt of Valor’ or to learn more about the group, visit their website at www.socalqov.org.