Local Veterans Receive “Porch Drop” Quilts
The Oregon Coastal Quilters Guild (OCQG) has initiated “porch drops” in order to continue its Veterans Quilt Project during the Covid-19 restrictions. Recently, 15 local veterans received deliveries to their individual residences.
Recipients were Thomas McDowell, US Navy; Michael Newhall, US Air Force; Chuck Holbert, US Army; Kenneth Ritchie, US Army; Randy Becker, US Army; James Rolfe, US Marine Corps; Larry Holt, US Air Force; Dr Wallace High, US Navy; Howard McIntyre, US Navy; Ron Trevillian, US Army; Joe Rictor, US Army; Steven “Blue” Maurer, US Navy; Jim Christensen, US Navy; Anthony Pryor, US Army, and Jerry Pryor; US Army.
Rather than formal presentations, the individual deliveries were begun out of concern for the health of recipients, guild members, and guests and in accordance with directives from the State of Oregon, DHS, and the City of Newport. Before the pandemic, veterans have been honored with presentations at “Quilts by the Sea” (the annual quilt show) as well as at OCQG meetings, the American Legion Hall, the Sea Aire Assisted Living Facility in Yachats, local churches, and various club meetings. Each quilt is one of a kind.
In a thank you letter, recipient Jerry Pryor wrote, “As I look at this beautiful quilt, I’m taken back in time to the many challenges I faced during my nearly two years in Korea. Like most veterans, our military experiences represent a period of time we would rather not revisit. However . . . your gift makes me proud to be a veteran. This quilt is much like wrapping yourself in our nation’s flag.”
Lincoln County veterans who wish to be added to the list of potential recipients may contact Rose Shaw (541-961-2959, firstname.lastname@example.org) or Cheryl Kramer (541-867-6947, KramerLc@charter.net).
The mission of OCQG is to promote fellowship among quilters while promoting knowledge and appreciation of quilts and quilting activities. The almost 200 members of OCQG live throughout Lincoln County and beyond. Additional information about the guild is on their website, www.oregoncoastalquilters.org.