The Papillion-based Braided River Quilt Guild this year has donated 105 quilts to Moving Veterans Forward.
Judy Willoz, service coordinator for the guild, said the choice to work with Moving Veterans Forward was easy because her husband is a veteran.
Willoz said past service projects by the guild have focused on international charities, but after talking with fellow guild members the group decided to focus on a local charity.
Moving Veteran Forward is a local organization founded by Ron Hernandez that assists homeless veterans to get placed in homes.
Donna Marcoux, president of the guild, said the original goal of a maximum of 100 quilts was exceeded because of the efforts of everyone involved.
Willoz, who is also the membership chair for the guild, said the 105 quilts were made by 117 members.
“I am surprised by the amount,” Marcoux said, “It takes several hours to make just one quilt.”
Marcoux said working with Moving Veterans Forward is special as many members of the guild are married to military veterans.
“Being a part of the military isn’t just a job but a lifestyle,” Marcoux said.
Willoz said she began the project with a budget of $200 and the guild has relied on donations from several different groups to continue making the quilts.
The guild does not waste any material from the quilt-making process and uses scraps to make other items for veterans like pillow cases.
Willoz said veterans can pick out any quilt they want to go with their fully furnished apartment provided by Moving Veterans Forward.
“The day we move a veteran in to their home we give them the quilt,“ Hernandez said. “It’s a moving-in gift.”
Hernandez said many of the quilts have either military branch specific or general patriotic designs.
According to the Moving Veteran Forward website, they rely on donations of money, furniture and every day household items.
Those who are interested in donating items to Moving Veterans Forward can call 402-618-7388.
Checks and money order donations may be mailed to: Moving Veterans Forward, 731 N. Frontier Drive — Suite 1 Papillion, NE 68046.