We represent QOVF which stands for Quilts of Valor Foundation, which was started after 9/11 originally to make quilts for the wounded from the War on Terror. The mission of the QOVF is to cover any service member or Veteran touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor, from any era.
Our local group, SoCal QOV, has about 20 volunteers who make an average of 500 quilts every year. We have already awarded 80 so far this year, and many more are scheduled. We are hoping you can help us find Veterans who have not yet received this once in a lifetime award. Our group has made over 6,350 quilts!
The requests come in many ways…sometimes through the national website www.qovf.org or through personal requests and referrals. Any local Los Angeles or Orange County, CA, Veterans can do a request at www.socalqov.org. We also provide quilts for the VA Hospitals at Long Beach, West LA, and Sepulveda.
We provide quilts through organizations like DAR & SAR (Daughters or Sons of the American Revolution), At Ease Veterans Ministries and AVAG (American Veterans Assistance Group). We have also worked with Operation Mend at UCLA.
Most of our volunteers are seniors and the expenses of making a quilt are numerous, but we do it with many thanks to those who have served our country. On average, a quilt takes about 10 yards of fabric and the cost is about $15 a yard, plus we use thread, batting and patterns. It is a labor of love and priceless to the recipient. We use volunteer quilters to sandwich the layers and then we bind, label and wash them before presenting to a deserving Veteran.
To view some of our wonderful work, please visit our web site at www.socalqov.org.