Saturday, May 23, 2009

141 Quilts for the 155th Brigade Combat Team

At our May 20 meeting we donated 141 quilts to the soldiers of the 155th Brigade deploying in June. These quilts range from crib size to twin bed size and are to comfort children whose parents are away serving our country. The guardsmen who received the quilts told the quilters how much these gifts mean to the families and soldiers. Command Master Sgt. Glen Davis said, "although the troops enjoy cookies and cakes sent to us, we have plenty of food; what really means the most is news from home--newspaper articles, stories of local sports events, any personal contact from friends and family." Three tote bags for young girls were included with the quilts. During the meeting one quilt was sold for $150 at a live auction. This money will be used to purchase batting and children's themed fabrics to make more quilts. Pictured are Sgt. Major Glen Davis, 1st Sgt. Teddy Hadaway, and Brigade public affairs spokesman Rob Edwards.
Both the Hattiesburg American newspaper and WDAM TV sent reporters and photographers to cover the event.

FGH Pediatrics Unit: PBQ also furnished 8 flannel blankets to the Forrest General Hospital Pediatrics Unit. FGH asked if we would make small pillows for the children. Ruth Byrd precut and distributed squares of fabric and batting to the members for the pillows. These will be returned (and photographed) at the next meeting.
Walker Totes: Since we began making walker totes for Forrest General Hospital in 2007 under the leadership and encouragement of our member Louise Cubley, we have made and furnished almost 600. One of our members, Sharon Nobles, brought in 30 more totes, made by a Girl Scout troop in Pensacola, FL.

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