360° Coverage : Virginia Fabrics Shop Donates 147 Handmade Quilts to Wounded...

1 Updates
Virginia Fabrics Shop Donates 147 Handmade Quilts to Wounded Veterans Conference
Photo Credit: PR.com

Virginia Fabrics Shop Donates 147 Handmade Quilts to Wounded Veterans Conference

Dec 17 2013, 3:06am CST | by

Volunteers exceed goal to provide warmth and comfort to attendees at 2013 Road to Recovery hosted by Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes.

Leesburg, VA, December 17, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Little did Donny Daughenbaugh and Cathie Walker know that a simple side-trip to a local quilting shop would result in a nationwide out-pouring of...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos

 
 
 

49 weeks ago

Virginia Fabrics Shop Donates 147 Handmade Quilts to Wounded Veterans Conference

Dec 17 2013, 3:06am CST | by

Volunteers exceed goal to provide warmth and comfort to attendees at 2013 Road to Recovery hosted by Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes.

Leesburg, VA, December 17, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Little did Donny Daughenbaugh and Cathie Walker know that a simple side-trip to a local quilting shop would result in a nationwide out-pouring of generosity.

But that’s exactly what happened when the vice president of the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, and the wife of the organization’s CEO, stopped at Webfabrics in Purcellville, VA, this August. They met owner Carly Mul, and told her about the important work being done by the Coalition, a Leesburg-based non-profit group dedicated to rebuilding the lives of severely wounded veterans of the War on Terror.

When they asked if Carly could help them collect quilts for the 100-plus combat-wounded veterans attending the Coalition’s annual Road to Recovery Conference & Tribute in December, she said she’d try.

“I offered to put out a call to our nationwide quilting network asking them to support the cause, but I had no idea what kind of response I’d get,” said Mul, who has a history of supporting charitable causes.

Mul sent out the appeal in her e-newsletter, which reaches thousands of quilters around the world. She soon received more than 100 pledges to handcraft and deliver quilts prior to the early-December deadline. She heard from women, and men, that wanted to support the project as a way of showing their appreciation for the sacrifices made by the soldiers. Most had no personal link to the military, while others had sons and daughters currently serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. A few were veterans themselves.

The initial response was heartening. But with only three weeks to go, Mul had received just 51 blankets. She sent another appeal prior to Thanksgiving, urging her customers “to move their sewing machines from simmer to low heat,” Mul said.

Roughly a week before her departure for Orlando – where the 7th annual Road to Recovery was held December 9 -12 – 30 quilts arrived in one day. The Annandale Quilt Guild delivered 27 of them.

“That put us over the top, and helped me to stop being a nervous wreck,” said Mul. “By the time we left, I was able to take 147 absolutely gorgeous quilts with me to the conference.

“I was so proud to do this, but this story isn’t about me. It’s about nearly 150 generous individuals around the country that dedicated their personal time and talents to creating a work of love that will bring warmth and comfort to an American hero they likely will never meet. I know it’s a blessing that both the giver and the recipient will cherish forever.”

Daughenbaugh lives with a bullet lodged at the base of his skull near his brain, the result of being shot in the face while on night foot patrol with his squad outside of Baghdad. The retired Marine knows how meaningful the gesture can be.

“When my medevac flight from Germany landed and they rolled me out the back of the C-130 in the freezing cold, a two-star general came up and covered me with a quilt,” remembers Daughenbaugh. “He said, ‘This is from America.’ I’ll never forget that moment, and that quilt has been keeping me warm ever since.”

Because Mul collected more quilts than were needed for the conference, she gave the extras to Daughenbaugh, who will distribute them to wounded veterans he meets on his frequent visits to VA hospitals around the nation.

“I may not be a two-star general, but I’m looking forward to delivering these quilts to people like me that are going through some of the toughest days of their lives,” said Daughenbaugh. “It’s yet another way the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes is making a meaningful difference in the lives of combat-wounded men and women.”

The annual Road to Recovery Conference & Tribute is a four-day educational and motivational event for wounded veterans and their families designed to prepare them for the challenges that lie ahead. The all-expense-paid event provides career counseling, resume writing, VA benefits, healthcare and personal development to help severely wounded warriors get back on their feet and assimilate into the civilian workforce. Other sessions focus on PTSD, marriage counseling and financial planning, in addition to a career fair.

“We help thousands of wounded veterans every year at the Coalition, but there’s no more important or rewarding work we do than at the Road to Recovery,” said David Walker, President & CEO of the Coalition. “The quilts Carly brought to the event could not have been more perfect. Every single man and woman that received one was genuinely moved by the generosity of the quilter. This entire week was a transformative experience for the attendees, and the quilts were one of the true highlights.”

About the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes
The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, based in Leesburg, VA, has provided an invaluable lifeline to thousands of America’s wounded veterans since its establishment in 2004. The Coalition is distinguished from other veteran-focused organizations by its direct financial assistance to America’s wounded heroes. Its Emergency Financial Aid program has stopped foreclosure proceedings on veterans’ homes and kept their vehicles from being repossessed. The organization regularly provides gift checks to cover meals, medical and utility bills, clothing, car repairs and even baby diapers.

For more information on the Coalition, and to learn how you can support its mission, visit www.saluteheroes.org.

Contact Information:
Coalition to Salute America's Heroes
Ladd Biro
817-675-3499
Contact via Email
www.saluteheroes.org
Champion Management is proud to be the Coalition's PR agency of record.

Read the full story here: http://www.pr.com/press-release/533251

Press Release Distributed by PR.com

Source: PR.com

 

Don't miss ...

 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/29" rel="author">PR.com</a>
PR.com press-releases.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Pakistani leader shot dead
Islamabad, Nov 29 (IANS) Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Fazl) Sindh leader Khalid Mahmood Soomro was Saturday shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Pakistan.
 
 
'Pakistan wants good relations with neighbours'
Islamabad, Nov 29 (IANS) Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said that Pakistan wants good relations with all neighbouring and regional countries to establish lasting peace in South Asia.
 
 
'Petitioners Village' -- the price for seeking justice in China
Beijing, Nov 29 (IANS/EFE) More than two hours away from the centre of Beijing is the "petitioners village", a group of huts that belong to citizens demanding justice in China and who are unable to find work or decent housing as they have been blacklisted by the regime.
 
 
(After 12) 'Petitioners Village' -- the price for seeking justice in China
Beijing, Nov 29 (IANS/EFE) More than two hours away from the centre of Beijing is the "petitioners village", a group of huts that belong to citizens demanding justice in China and who are unable to find work or decent housing as they have been blacklisted by the regime.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Abigail Breslin slams ex Michael Clifford
Abigail Breslin has slammed her ex, Michael Clifford. The 'My Sister's Keeper' actress went on a date with the 5 Seconds of Summer guitarist last year but it seems as though it didn't end well after she released a song...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Kevin Bacon to sizzle in Jungle
Kevin Bacon is to star in 'Jungle'. The 56-year-old actor will appear in the survival drama, which is based on the true story of Yossi Ghinsberg, an adventurer who found himself lost in the Amazon rainforest for three...
Read more on Movie Balla
 
Mickey Rourke to return to boxing at 62
Mickey Rourke will return to boxing aged 62. The actor will come out of retirement and step into the ring tonight (11.28.14) for the first time in 20 years as he competes against 29-year-old Elliot Seymour. He said: ''...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Kristen Stewart: Actors are isolated
Kristen Stewart claims actors become ''isolated'' because of their fame. The 24-year-old actress has become one of the biggest movie stars in the world following her portrayal of Bella Swan in the 'Twilight' franchise...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Burt Reynolds to sell memorabilia
Burt Reynolds is selling over 600 personal items to stave off bankruptcy. The 78-year-old Hollywood star is reportedly struggling financially so will see awards, cars and costumes go under the hammer in Las Vegas next...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Eddie Redmayne's fear of failure
Eddie Redmayne has a fear of failure. The 'Theory of Everything' star has admitted that like fellow actor, Rachel Weisz, he worries about ever getting hired again. He said: ''I was reading an interview with Rachel Weisz...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Where to Find Black Friday Car Deals
The Black Friday Car Sales events have gained traction over the past couple of years. This year several major brands ran nation-wide commercials announcing their Car Black Friday deals. In the beginning it was creative...
Read more on Auto Balla
 
Indian Aces win inaugural IPTL tie
Manila, Nov 28 (IANS) The much-awaited inaugural International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) got off to a flying start with the Indian Aces notching an impressive 26-16 first victory against the Singapore Slammers at...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Australian navy's largest ship commissioned
Canberra, Nov 28 (IANS) HMAS Canberra, a 27,000-tonne landing helicopter dock (LHD), was commissioned Friday, providing the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) with one of the world's most capable and sophisticated amphibious...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Sindhu, Prannoy enter Macau Open semis
Macau, Nov 28 (IANS) Indian shuttlers P.V. Sindhu and H.S. Prannoy came out with contrasting wins to enter their respective semi-finals at the $120,000 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold here Friday. While defending champion...
Read more on Sport Balla