Boy, don’t think we have taken a breath since we hit the ground after returning from San Antonio, Texas. We had such a great response to what we do by the veterans of the USS Blue – it will be one for the memory books.

Hope you all enjoyed our first Newsletter. It was truly awesome and can’t wait for the next one.

I had the honor of speaking with the Rotary Club in Murphys, CA where we awarded 6 quilts. Each veteran was totally surprised – you could see the emotion in their faces. Our first one was 98 years old and he could run circles around us – that was amazing. One veteran came up to me afterwards with tears in his eyes and said, “I don’t deserve this.” I told him that he did and do not ever think that. We hear that so often but the way we surprise them and honor them makes it so special.

I had a couple days of rest and off to the Navy Ball in Stockton, CA. Thank you to Maria and Bob for inviting us. I was their program speaker and we also awarded 4 quilts. They were all decked out in their Navy uniforms and fancy dresses and you know I wasn’t going there. We had a great meal and then I got up to speak. I never know what I’m going to say but I get through it by the grace of God. We gave out 4 quilts and everyone was amazed. We had the Navy quilt on display and they took turns standing in front of it and taking pictures of themselves in their best dress. When Flo and I took it down, one guy runs over and says, “Wait, I want my picture,” so Flo and I held it up. What we do to make a veteran happy.

We are now preparing for San Diego and Veterans Day. I know our groups are also busy with events. We will have almost 100 quilts out by December. Our Abigail, our computerized Longarm, is really getting a workout and me too running her – we miss Delphia.

As we all prepare for Veterans Day, remember how much it means to so many who receive these quilts. As always, thank you for your continued support.

God Bless,
Gail