The public is invited to view a special Quilts of Valor display at the Horry County Museum, located at 805 Main Street, Conway, SC. Different quilts made especially for local veterans by the Myrtle Beach Shorebirds and Conway Quilts of Valor groups will be on display in the Museum from March 3rd through the 26th.
Visitors are also invited to join us March 5th at 2:30 PM for a special presentation by members of the Myrtle Beach Shorebirds as they share the mission and history of the Quilts of Valor Foundation. They will also share how they create quilt kits, their fundraising efforts for the Foundation, and share examples of QOV quilts and pieces from their personal collections. Myrtle Beach Shore Birds began in 2010 and covers Horry, Georgetown and Florence Counties. So far, they have awarded over 4,000 quilts. Those interested in helping Myrtle Beach Shorebirds make quilts can contact Kathleen Williams at email@example.com.
The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF) is to cover all service members and veterans, touched by war, with a comforting and healing quilt. In 2003, Catherine Roberts, the founder of the QOVF, had a son deployed to Iraq. She struggled with how to stay busy and keep her mind busy while he was in harm’s way. As a nurse and quilter, Roberts decided she would make and send quilts to Kandahar. Each stretcher that had a wounded veteran got a red, white and blue quilt placed on their stretcher. After six years, the foundation decided to award a quilt to any veteran who served during wartime era, from WWII to present. Since 2003, the foundation, now a national organization, has awarded over 267,000 quilts.