CARTERET—On March 2, Mayor Daniel J. Reiman joined U.S. Congressman Albio Sires, and Carteret business owner Jean Lutz, to distribute patriotic quilts to military servicemen and servicewomen being treated at Walter Reed Military Hospital in Washington D.C.
The program, initiated in 2008 by Country Quilt ‘n’ Threads owner Lutz, has attracted a number of area volunteers who donate their time, skill, and materials towards the creation of quilts to be given to the hospitalized military. Twenty-five of the quilts have been distributed, and the program has produced a range of unique fabrics and “blocks,” which comprise some quilts, through donations. The quilts, while varying in design, all contain patriotic themes.
According to Lutz, all quilts and materials are offered strictly on a volunteer basis. The program has attracted crafters from the entire region, and because of its popularity is expected to continue indefinitely.
“There is a great deal of pride that goes into these quilts,” Lutz commented. “Everyone who participates realizes how much these servicemen have given, so we’re happy to be giving something in return.”
Coordinating with the Carteret Business Partnership, the first quilts were delivered by Reiman and Lutz to 1st Sgt. Quin Waterman, at the Congressional office of Sires. Waterman distributed the quilts to injured servicemen at Walter Reed Hospital.
“Although there is no way to fully express our gratitude for their selfless dedication, the ‘Quilts for a Cause’ program is a small token of Carteret’s appreciation. These are finely crafted quilts that I’m sure our troops will enjoy,” Reiman said.
Mayor Daniel J. Reiman and Carteret business owner Jean Lutz joined U.S. Congressman Albio Sires to present patriotic quilts for military service members being treated at Walter Reed Military Hospital in Washington D.C. to 1st Sgt. Quin Waterman. (Photo courtesy of the Carteret Department of Public Information)