On these pages you will find listed some of the wonderful ways quilters have chosen to help our nation in this time of crisis. If you find any event, project or need we
don't have listed, please let us know. It's important to realize our efforts should not end when the daily
news coverage does, as it surely must. The yellow ribbon symbolizes "bringing them home".
(For more on the history of the yellow ribbon, visit the Straight
Programs Available For Supporting the Troops
The Department of Defense recently asked the public to be conscious of the strain that is often placed on the military postal system, especially during the holidays, and to refrain from sending unsolicited packages to military personnel deployed to the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. DoD does, however, list some resources on their website. There are others listed here as well. Servicemen are granted an automatic license and registration extension. Click here for more. Click on the picture thumbnail to the left to learn more about it.
The United States Postal Service is offering free packing materials to spouses and families of military members who are deployed overseas. To take advantage of this service call: 1 800 610 8734 and press 1 (for English & then 3 for an operator) and they will send you free boxes, packing materials, tape, and mailing labels. These products are to be used to mail care packages to service members. Be ready when you call, with pen and paper, as they will give you a customer number so if you need to re-order in the future, they already have your info on file! Each shipment, will come with 25 boxes and enough packing material for each. Click here for a list of items soldiers need in a Word document. If you do not have Word, you can use the Word Viewer here.
Some software companies offer free software to soldiers. Click here for more information.
Does your soldier need anything from Radio Shack? They ship free to military addresses!
Flowers – Military Discount
Who is the guy in the middle of this picture? Click on the picture to see
it close up, then click here to read the story of this
mans incredible generosity.
The custom of hanging a banner with a blue star on it in the front window of a family with a family member who has bee deployed to a war situation dates back to World War I. The Blue Star Service Banner was designed and patented in 1917 by World War I Army Capt. Robert L. Queissner of the 5th Ohio Infantry who had two sons serving on the front line. Mothers of the young soldiers made these flags by hand to honor their sons in the service and hung them in the front window of their homes. It quickly became the unofficial symbol of a child in the service. A blue star was stitched in the center white field for each military family member. If a loved one was killed, the banner would have a gold star.
The Blue Star Service Banner typically displayed in windows is an 8.5 by 14-inch white field with a blue star(s) sewn onto a red banner. The size may vary but should be in proportion to the size of the U.S. Flag. They are to be proudly hung in a window to show a family's pride in their loved one serving in the military, and remind others that preserving America's freedom demands much. For more information, click here.
The American Legion is providing banners to families in communities across the nation. Free color downloads are available at of the banners and static cling versions for home and automobile, as well as lapel pins, are available from The American Legion National Emblem Sales. The American Legion also has a special Blue Star Banner Corporate Flag for government and corporate America to show their support for employees called to active duty in the war against terrorism.
A free banner pattern is available at Quiltbug.com
Click here for information on how to support our men and women in uniform.
Click here for information on the Army Baby Quilt Project
Click here for information on the Home of the Brave Quilt Project.
Click here for information on Quilts of Valor.
Click here for information on American Hero Quilts.
Click here for information on Prayer Shawls for fallen soldiers
Click here to learn about the Sentinels of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
New poems: What a difference a day makes, If I knew, Letter from Santa, One and Freedom is Not Free
Amerihearts at Home
Armed Services Flag
Crazy Star Flag
Cross Stitch Dove Pattern
Free Paper Pieced Flag from Brickworks
God Bless quilt pattern
Paper pieced flag pattern
Patriotic Paper Pieced Block Patterns
Light a candle for peace
Flags on Cars
Horror Unimaginable. A list of sites which have memorials - and some memorable pictures.
United Quilts of America Project
Binky Patrol - quilts for children
Heart of America Quilt
Wrap them in Love
Fallen Brothers Foundation
Dawn's Quilting Clip Art
Quilts for NY Kids
Quilts for Pentagon families
Children and Baby Quilts
United We Quilt
America's 9-11 Memorial Quilts
Freedom Quilt Project
Uniformed Firefighters Association Widows' and Childrens fund
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
All About Giving (for U.K. residents).
To send a "thank you" card to the NYC Fire Dept, use this address: NYC Fire Department, 1 Chase Manhattan Plaza,New York, NY 10005. For more ways to help our firefighters, check out the Adopt a Firehouse program and the Hero quilt program.
How Stuff Works - simple explanations of the events of Sept 11 and related information
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