The American Red Cross serving Eastern North Dakota and Northwestern Minnesota is calling on quiltmakers to help comfort and warm our veterans this holiday season and beyond. Now through Thanksgiving, the organization is collecting new quilts to share with veterans at VA hospitals, homes and stand-down events across the region.
“The Red Cross supports our US military community from the time a service member takes the oath to life as a veteran,” said Kevin Mehrer, Executive Director for the Red Cross chapter. “As cooler weather sets in, goal is to collect 150 new quilts to comfort our veterans and share the heartfelt gratitude of our community for their service.”
Thanks to the generosity of Gate City Bank, quilt donations for veterans may be dropped off at any Gate City Bank location during business hours now until Thanksgiving.
“At Gate City Bank, the gratefulness we have for our veterans and all they’ve sacrificed to serve us goes beyond words. One of many ways we’re saying thank you is by making sure they’re covered and kept warm with these beautiful quilts and Afghans, which have love and appreciation in every stitch,” added Amy Durbin, Executive Vice President of Data Strategies and Marketing for Gate City Bank and a board member for American Red Cross serving Eastern North Dakota and Northwestern Minnesota.
DETAILS ABOUT DONATIONS – Quilts and fleece blankets:
- Must be new and/or made with new materials
- May be handmade or purchased quilts or fleece blankets
- Preferably 60” x 80” with neutral, masculine or patriotic themes.
- Since they will be used in hospital and care facilities, they must be sturdy enough to undergo industrial washing and sterilizing process with no loose yarns or strings that could catch on medical equipment.
- Quilts and blankets will go home with veterans upon hospital discharge
For more information about this project, community members may contact Lorie Herbel at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text: (701) 405-3342.
American Red Cross Service to Armed Forces, together with the Hero Care Network, provides military families with emergency communications, connects them to financial assistance resources, and offers mental health support and information services to military members, veterans and their families. Our regional team provided more than 6,000 services to military members, their families and veterans, and reached over 2,800 service members through ‘Get to Know Us’ briefings for how to access Red Cross communications support during family emergencies.