By Amy S. Crook
Veterans across the nation have been receiving tangible gifts of love and appreciation from quilters in the Quilt of Valor Foundation since this nationwide grassroots program started in 2003. To date, more than 106,000 patriotic quilts—representing the prayers, healing thoughts, and gratefulness of their makers—have been presented to veterans.
On March 23, Irmo resident and veteran of the US Air Force Hal Bowman was honored with a quilt, made by the Shepherd’s Center of St. Andrews Creative Quilting class. Nelson Travis, a veteran of the US Army and fellow long-time Center member, made the presentation at Center headquarters, Ashland United Methodist Church, 2600 Ashland Road, Columbia.
The Quilt of Valor project is one of several community outreach efforts underway at the Shepherd’s Center of St. Andrews, an all-volunteer, interfaith learning program for active adults fifty and above. The Center’s Creative Quilting group began this project in the Fall of 2019 and was finally able to complete it in February 2021, after not being able to meet in person for almost a year. Hal Bowman’s wife Suzy Bowman, a member of the Shepherd’s Center quilting group and part of the early quilt planning, died in November 2020, making the presentation especially poignant and personal.
“The Shepherd’s Center is honored to be able to hold this presentation. Our quilters already have 2 additional quilts finished and ready to present on behalf of the Quilt of Valor Foundation,” said BJ Bickers, President of the Shepherd’s Center of St. Andrews.
For more information on the Shepherd’s Center visit www.shepherdscenterofstandrews.org.