Gaylord Volunteers Pay Respect to Veterans Through Quilts

Quilts of Valor, a national program, uses volunteers to honor veterans with hand-crafted quilts.

There’s a chapter in Gaylord that distributes their own to veterans during a monthly coffee hour at the Gaylord Regional Airport.

Since 2013, the group of volunteers have created over 200 quilts for service members in the area. Twice a month they gather at Delphine’s Quilt Shop downtown to create a design of their choosing. Through monetary donations they’re able to purchase fabric from the shop at a cheaper price to make the quilts and present them.

Each one costs about $300 to make and volunteer Diane Schlack makes sure the veteran’s stories are told. “They fill out a paper for us and we write a little story about them and we present them a quilt and read their story,” she said. “Last month, we did six veterans and we’ve got four already scheduled for this next month.”

On the national level, Quilts of Valor has given out over 270,000 quilts to veterans.