Marilyn Martin, a member of the Warwick Valley Quilters’ Guild, recently presented an honorary 200,000th Quilt of Valor to Major Teresa M. Tarbox, U.S. Army, Retired, of Granby, CT. The quilt was made by guild members Helen Boheim and Evalina Ems. Each local group celebrates the 200,000th quilt awarded by the national Quilts of Valor Foundation by giving one locally.
Marilyn met Teresa, who was confined to a wheelchair and on oxygen, at a quilt and crafting retreat in Massachusetts. Teresa is a retired U.S. Army nurse who medically retired in 2003 with the rank of Major. She worked as a nurse in intensive care, the emergency room and as a medical unit nurse participating in a multi-nation exercise in the White Sands desert as well as in Desert Storm. She also performed funeral notification/assistance. Her disability is a chronic progressive non-curable illness associated with medical care providers, military personnel and most recently in 9/11 rescuers.
The Warwick Valley Quilters support Quilts of Valor by providing donations of material, making quilt blocks and quilt tops, longarm quilting the quilts, and binding the quilts. Over 203 quilts have been made since August 2011 for the national Quilts of Valor Foundation, whose mission is “to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.”
The guild also supports the Orange County Social Services by providing cheerful bags for belongings when relocating children in foster care. Over 200 bags have been made this year and will be presented at a holiday luncheon to be held on Tues., Dec. 11.