By Brittnee Sanchez
Quilting may not be for everyone, but for a group of men and women in Lower Yakima Valley area it's a hobby and a passion. Over the past year, 14 members of the Horizon Quilters of Lower Yakima Valley have been working diligently to create 26 quilts that were donated to the Fort Lewis branch of the Wounded Warrior Project.
According to the Wounded Warrior Project website, WWP takes a holistic approach when serving warriors and their families to nurture the mind and body, and encourage economic empowerment and engagement. Through a high-touch and interactive approach, WWP hopes to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation's history. Wounded Warrior Project serves veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001 and their families. On that date, America watched in horror as approximately 3,000 people died including hundreds of firefighters and rescue workers. Many warriors note a sense of duty to volunteer for the military following these tragic events.
Louise Bianchi, who is a member of VFW auxiliary in Prosser is the Horizon Quilters contact that gets the quilts to the Wounded Warriors. This year, the quilts are set to be given out at the Wounded Warriors Banquet. With the help of a generous donation, $1500 from Legends Casino for supplies. Their substantial donation made it possible for all 26 quilts to be made. The quilters, also make a special quilt called an American Hero Quilt for someone who is an older Veteran, a Quilt of Valor.
The Horizon Quilters are always looking for new members to help with their projects. These women are quite knowledgeable with various quilting techniques, but are always willing to teach new members eager to learn.
I know there are many families that are about to be touched by the beautiful quilts created by the Horizon Quilters. Their hard work through their act of creating and donating 26 quilts to the Wounded Warrior Project.