About the Veteran's Quilt Program
In October, 2017 Valerie Lamont and Judy Lockner, two local women who love to quilt were able to display their beautiful quilts as part of Gallery TEDD. Around that same time Lockner had completed a quilt that she wanted to be able to give to a veteran, but she wasn’t sure how to go about it.
After Lockner and Lamont took down their quilt display they approached Silas Rappe, then the Regional Mobility and & Veteran Services Coordinator at TEDD, with an idea of how they could get quilts that they make out to local veterans.
“I have always felt the need to do something for a veteran as they do so much for us,” said Lockner, “I would have the best Christmas knowing my quilt was keeping a veteran warm.” They pitched their idea to bring in quilts that they make throughout the year that will be “raffled” off to veterans in the area.
“I thought it was a great idea and I was on board 100%. I feel it’s a great way to give back and it a wonderful example of this community and the way in which folks are willing to help each other out.” commented Rappe.
Then TEDD Executive Director Jeff Koffel felt that it was great to see local individuals wanting to give back to our veteran population and was proud to have TEDD involved.
That was the beginning of the Veteran Quilt program. Over the last year and a half we have raffled off 5 quilts who have found homes with some amazing veterans who reside in the area.