Local Quilters Donate Quilts To Veterans

Assemblyman Will Barclay (R,C,Iā€”Pulaski) recently honored local quilters who donated handmade quilts to the Quilts of Valor Foundation. Quilts of Valor was founded in 2004. Its mission is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing quilts. Since the organization was founded, more than 101,000 quilts have been stitched for and given to combat and wartime veterans. Locally, Kerry Barnes of Oswego is the New York State Coordinator for the national Quilts of Valor Foundation. She and several area quilters donated quilts to the cause. Barclay recognized the quilters with an Assembly Citation, to commend them for their dedication to veterans. From the left, front row, are Shirley King from Sugar House Quilters, Mary Jane McGraw of Lake Country Quilters, and Loretta Grandjean of the Mexicali Quilters. In back, from the left, are Susan Bartlett of the Four Seasons Quilters, Kerry Barnes with Quilts of Valor, Assemblyman Will Barclay, Lynne Mulcahey of Freedom Quilters of the Finger Lakes, and Debbie Licourt of the Mexicali Quilters. Absent from the photo was a representative from the Seneca Textile Guild.