Turning stiches into love for foster children

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  • By Staff Sgt. Desiree Moye
  • 482nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs

The 482d Medical Squadron, Family Resource Center of South Florida, Inc., and the Florida Quilters’ Guild joined forces Feb. 3 to help foster care children in the spirit of Valentine’s Day.

 Guild members quilted for months to provide the handmade quilts, pillow cases and other bedding products for the children.

“Doing this for the children was one of the highlights of our guild’s history,” said Barbara Stewart, former president of the Florida Quilters’ Guild. “Every stitch was made with love.”

Lt. Col. (Dr.) Troy Frazer, 482d MDS hospital services chief, coordinated with senior leadership and local agencies to insure displaced children felt cared for by the citizen airmen of Homestead Air Reserve Base.

“Some of our best Airmen come from the most challenging situations,” said Col. Kenneth Wright, 482d MDS commander. “We need to make sure the children not only know they are cared for, but there is a place for them in the military family if they are willing and able.”

With the contribution of 70 men and women across the state of Florida, 93 quilts were hand constructed, 120 new pillows were donated, and 74 handmade pillow cases were created. All these Valentines gifts are scheduled to be delivered Tuesday.