Charles M. Schulz, creator of the beloved “Peanuts” comic strip, was on to something when he inspired the animated show, “Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown,” to illustrate for the world what something like a quilt can mean to someone and why.
Quilts passed on to family members
Charity Naim, a social worker at the Carl Vinson VA, and a member of the Crossroads Quilt Guild in Perry, Georgia, donated 12 quilts for the Veteran hospice residents over the holiday season. Sadly, these honorable Veterans may have seen their last Thanksgiving, New Year, and the holidays in between.
“Approximately 100 members are part of our guild and we’ve been donating quilts to the Carl Vinson VA’s homeless program for the last seven years,” Naim said.
With 11 hospice residents receiving quilts, that meant there was one left over. At the Carl Vinson VA in Dublin, Georgia, nothing goes to waste.
So many Veterans with children who need assistance
“Charity informed me that one of her quilts was perfect for a baby. I immediately thought of one of our homeless Veterans participating in our Maternity Care program and due to deliver any day now,” said Women’s Health Social Worker Tammie Campbell. “We have so many Veterans with children who need assistance. The quilt is the cherry on top of the items we pack up and provide to them year-round, especially during our annual baby shower in April.”
Our hospice Veteran heroes will transition from this world and their remains will be escorted by VA Police and the Dublin VAMC Honor Guard where they will be transported for funeral services.
If the quilts provide safety and security to help them face this moment, then the time and effort put forth by the Crossroads Quilt Guild will have been well worth the effort.
The quilts will be passed on to family members where memories will continue to be created and cherished.
If happiness is a warm blanket, then a handmade quilt crafted with love is truly a treasure.