CELINA — The “Calico Cut Up Quilt Club” of Celina Ohio donated a 88.5-inch by 103-inch “Eagles and Stars” quilt to Angels for Veterans. The quilt will be raffled by Angels for Veterans to help raise money for their dog program, Angel PAWS. The Angel PAWS are professionally trained dogs whose purpose is to assist veterans with physical and mental disabilities. The dogs can provide mobility, hearing, vision and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) assistance.
Angels for Veterans raises the funds necessary to train the dogs. The dogs are provided as gifts to disabled veterans. The dogs ultimately provide a buddy system similar to the having a military buddy who will always have your back. The dogs open doors to new beginnings. The healing begins one PAW at a time. Our dogs can open refrigerator doors, turn lights off and on, propel a wheelchair, pull up blankets and interrupt nightmares just to name a few skills. They provide love and companionship 24/7No appointment ever needed.
Angels for Veterans became a nonprofit charitable organization in 2009. The dog program was added to the organizations programs in 2012.
Each dog costs the organizations thousands of dollars to complete. The funds are raised through fundraisers such as the current raffle of this quilt. The organization relies upon donations, events to raise money and raise awareness. Veteran and non- veteran organizations have been supportive. Individuals and organizations have elected to become sponsors of the dogs. Veterans throughout the state have received service and companion dogs.
Those interested in raffle tickets may contact the organization through its website or email. The quilt will be travel to various clubs and organizations. Locations and ticket information can be observed on its website, www.angelsforveterans.org; Angels for Veterans P.O. Box 611, Celina, OH 45822; or calling 419-584-0289
Angels for Veterans would like to express its appreciationto The Calico-Cut-Up Quilt Group. The Calico Cut-Ups Quilt Club was formed in 1984, and met in St. Marys when Linda’s Sew ‘n So had a shop there The club began with just a few members, and has grown to a dozen or more active members. The members bring their machines to club meetings and working on UFO’s (“unfinished Objects) while visiting with others.
Members are from St. Marys, Fort Loramie, Ada, Wapakoneta, Ohio, and Geneva, Indiana. Active members include Marilyn McLain, Linda Huston, Dorothy McMullen, Janet Roll, Kathy Vermillion, Barbara Blackburn, Linda McMullen, Delilah Klosterman, Deb Stienecker, Carol Lengerich, Carol Kill, Neil Hess and Emily Hess.
The Calico Cut-Ups donates a baby quilt each year to the first baby born on or after National Quilt Day at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital. The club has also made many quilts for the Linus Project over the years, as well as the NICU at St. Ritas Hospital in Lima (special quilts with dark backing to block out the bright lights in the NICU). Some of its members have also made twin sized quilts for the Flying Horse Farms in Mount Gilead, Ohio, for children with disabilities who attend the camp each year.
This club now meets regularly on the first Tuesday night of each month at Linda’s Sew ‘n So, 216 W. Fayette St., Celina. For more information about this group, call 419-394-4413 (Marilyn McLain) or 419-586-2324 (Linda Huston).