Lunch will top off drive to help raise funds for soldier quilts

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic

Galva American Legion Post 45 is seeking funds to donate to the Camo Quilt Project.

The project began in 2006, when Linda Wieck of Plymouth, Wis. made for her son-in-law a 45x72 quilt made of camouflage material while he was deployed to Iraq. The quilt could be folded into a 15-inch wide roll-up like a sleeping bag with a handle on it. His buddies all wanted one, too.

Volunteers are now making about 250 to 300 quilts per month to be given free of charge to troops in the Middle East. Each quilt costs $20 for the materials. Quilts are made by volunteers in a factory-type building in Plymouth, Wis.

Persons requesting the quilts pay for the postage to send to individual troops or groups of troops.

Galva American Legion Post 45 is now soliciting money to be sent to Franklin Legion Post 387 in Plymouth, Wis. The funds should be given to the Galva legion, who will forward them to the Franklin legion. Send to Hagberg-Hamlin American Legion Post 45, 45 Wallace St., Galva, IL 61434.

This fund-raising project will culminate on Sunday, Aug. 22 with a meal served at the Galva legion hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, call Galva legion commander Carl Nelson at 932-8144.