For the third year (see previous story), the community around Bowie, MD gathered at the Ascension Church Hall to make "Blankets of Hope" for wounded and ill service members medevaced from Iraq and Afghanistan to Landstuhl hospital in Germany. The blankets will be sent to the Soldiers' Angels chapter at Landstuhl for distribution to the patients.
"We need to thank so many people", said Lisa Dodson. "The list to thank is soooo long, but you just don't pull off something this big without tons of help.
Four of us organized the event, so I would like to thank them: Maureen Barber, Valerie Potter, and of course my husband, Matt Dick."
The entire community participated in the event. Donations of goods and services were received from:
The American Legion Post #66
Sons of the American Legion
The Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion
Val Pak of South-Eastern MD
The Bowie Blade News
Bowie City Hall
Arc Water Treatment
Shapiro and Duncan, Inc.
UPS of Bowie
Giant at Freestate Mall
Jimmy Marcos of TJ Elliotts
The Thompsons at Old Bowie Town Grille
Share and Care of Ascension Church
Mr. Jim Hossick and the Bowie Lions Club
Donations were also received from many individuals.
Dodson's friend Nancy Freeman and her "card buddies" created 200 beautiful handmade cards to attach to the blankets.
"Only problem was that we needed more, who would have guessed?" said Dodson. "Our goal was to break last years record of 168, and boy did we!"
"And last but not least, I would like to thank Ann Powell who grilled all the hamburgers and hotdogs for the hungry volunteers. It took her hours to get us all fed!"
The Blankets of Hope program was created by Soldiers' Angels to express our nation's love and support of service members recovering from illness or injury sustained in the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan. A blanket may not seem like much back home, but as a display of compassion and patriotism it can mean everything to a medevaced warrior far from home. To find out more, please visit the Soldiers' Angels website.
I got shot in the foot and I got your blanket in a backpack… I do not mind going back to my unit knowing I am fighting for people like you... “
- An American Soldier