Our Blankets For Recovery ministry began in late 2007. We started with three church ladies then it expanded to a few more and some of their friends. Everyone makes their blankets at home. Our church members donate money to buy the supplies. During this time we have made well over a thousand blankets and sent them to places like Bethesda-Walter Reed, Balboa Naval Hospital, Fort Sam Houston for the burn victims, Veteran’s Farm in Jacksonville, Fl, the Charlotte USO, the Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Bragg, individual veterans around the country, Purple Heart Homes in Statesville, Landstuhl, Germany and of late, the William G. Hefner Veteran’s Hospital in Salisbury where we have delivered them in person twice and met the recipients.We have also made them for each of our church’s vets and presented them on Veteran’s Day two years ago.
Our minister blesses these blankets and prays for each recipient along with all our church members a few times a year. Then the blankets are packed up and either shipped or delivered in person.
We want our wounded warriors and disabled vets to know that they have not been forgotten and that Memorial cares about them. We send a letter with each blanket telling about our ministry and who made the blanket. We sometimes get thank you letters from the vets or their family members.
We all have been enriched by this ministry and continue to knit,crochet and quilt our blankets as much as we can. With each one we want to say ” Thank you for your service!”