Teresa Stewart Laughlin, group leader for the Red Hill Girls #583, a regional arm for the Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF), recently spoke at the October meeting of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Laughlin explained that the Quilts of Valor Foundation was started in 2003 by a mother whose son had served a year-long deployment in Iraq.

It was her desire to see that returning troops were welcomed home with love and gratitude for their services.

The Quilts of Valor Foundation has now become an ongoing national service effort that connects civilians with service members and veterans.

According to Laughlin, the goal of QOVF is to link experienced quilt top makers to longarm machine quilters in a national effort to award beautiful quilts to service men and women touched by war, declared war or otherwise.

The awarded quilts, called Quilts of Valor, serve as tangible reminders of appreciation and gratitude to service members.

Funded totally through donations, the quilts cannot be bought, sold or given as a gift.

They are presented in a ceremony with honor and respect for service to our country.

Recipients are selected through an application process and the application along with other information can be found on www.qovf.org.

Since her involvement in the program, Laughlin has quilted over 300 quilts

She also has the honor of presenting these token of appreciation to local service men and women who served the country.