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Shelby County 4-H Textile’s project is happy to announce their partnership with VFW post 8904 and Texas Extension Education Association (TEEA) XYZ Homemaker’s Club in the Quilts of Valor program.  The Quilts of Valor program is a national non-profit organization that was formed in 2003 to recognize and honor local servicemen and women touched by conflict or war.  As of July, over 161,000 quilts have been presented across the U.S.  The quilts presented are a token of appreciation that says, “thank you for your service, sacrifice and valor.”  According to Sherry Riley, Director of the Shelby County Veteran’s Office, there are over 400 veterans on active file in our area.
 
4-H Textile project members, made up of youth ages 9 to 18, are pleased to participate in this special recognition and community service project by designing, sewing, and quilting an award that can be used by a veteran as either a lap or bed quilt.  These lifetime awards will be stitched by the 4-H’ers with love, prayers and healing thoughts and will also let these recipients know that the local community is thankful for their service and sacrifice.  
 
The TEEA XYZ Homemaker’s club has agreed to partner in this project to provide instruction and assistance to the youth in quilt sewing and design.  After construction, each quilt will be registered with the Quilt of Valor Foundation to indicate the recipient, branch of military service, years of veteran service, quilter’s name, and sponsor of the quilt.
 
VFW post 8904 is partnering in this project to nominate recipients in our county and to assist 4-H’ers in the quilt presentation ceremony.  VFW post 8904 has also agreed to sponsor the first two Quilts of Valor for Shelby County.  A sponsorship check of $400 was presented  to Jheri-Lynn McSwain, County Extension Agent – Family & Community Health by Larry Hume, VFW Postmaster 8904 at the Pearl Harbor recognition ceremony on December 7, 2017.
 
If any business or civic organization would like to assist with this project by sponsoring a quilt, please contact the Shelby County Extension Office, Jheri-Lynn McSwain, CEA-FCH at 936-598-7744 or by email at jlmcswain@ag.tamu.edu.
 
 

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