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Northern NJ Peer Group Sewing for Soldiers

April 2, 2014

Dale Swisher, a member of the Northern NJ chapter, was looking for a theme for the April meeting at her home. She says, “I have always been interested in helping veterans, and have donated to Soldiers Angels. I looked up projects at their site (www.soldiersangels.org) and found the Blankets of Hope program.  There were easy instructions on how to make no-sew fleece blankets, which the charity collects and distributes to different hospitals in the US and Europe.”
 
The motto of Soldiers Angels is, “May No Soldier Go Unloved.”  It was founded in 2003, by the mother of two American soldiers.  Today hundreds of thousands of Soldiers’ Angels “Angels” volunteer to assist veterans, wounded and deployed personnel and their families in a variety of unique and effective ways.
 
Everyone in the Northern NJ chapter was enthusiastic about the theme. No-sew- fleece kits from JoAnn’s Crafts were purchased, and nine chapter members made a dozen blankets in about two hours.  It was a fun project, and since the chapter is new, it gave them an opportunity to get to know one another while doing something very worthwhile.  Soldiers’ Angels requested that each blanket have the following note attached. “This blanket was made with love and hope for your recovery by (names) from the Soldiers Angels. “
 
Here is an comment by a recipient of a blanket.
  In 2006, I was injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq. While waiting for a medevac flight to Walter Reed, one of the first things I was given was a handmade blanket decorated with red, white and blue with yellow ribbons. It was a godsend while waiting in that chilly room...the memory of your support will live forever. It was providence I didn't die that day. I was truly being watched over by Angels. - SFC M.


Too many Americans have no contact with the survivors of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.  Donating a blanket to a wounded soldier, man or woman, in the US Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, will show them they are not forgotten.

Participating WIN members were: Dale Swisher, Cheryl Katzman, Marilyn Shuffler, Joan Knauer, Gwynne McConkey, Judy Glick, Carla Loffredo, Joan Prince and Gloria Rubin.