Local woman makes quilts for veterans in nursing home

SPRINGFIELD, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Susan Sloan isn't a veteran herself but said having so many loved ones that are, made her want to show her gratitude to our local vets at Chester Sims Nursing Home in Springfield.

Susan Sloan began making quilts eight months ago, and donated all 21 to veterans in the nursing home Sunday. (WJHG/WECP)

"A lot of our Vets are in wheelchairs here, and I had a friend who's father was here as well, and he complained a lot of his legs being cold, and so I thought 'What if I make some lap quilts for these Veterans,' and my fiancee said 'Bring it to the chapter of Combat Vets,' and they completely embraced the idea and they started donating their uniforms immediately," said Sloan, who is a family member of a member of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association.

Sloan began making quilts eight months ago and donated all 21 to veterans in the nursing home Sunday.

"These quilts aren't just branch-specific, but they're actually made from their brothers' and sisters' uniforms," said Sloan.

"I feel great, and I just want to thank everybody that appreciates what I did when I was in service," said Korean War veteran Henry Raley.

"I think it's great. Any donation is great for the military," said World War II and Vietnam veteran Earl Junior Davis.

Sloan was brought to tears as she and members of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association passed out the handmade blankets.

"You're so grateful for their service, and even as the veterans donated their material, it's just what the reverence that I cut their material up to make these quilts, even that was emotional to me because you know they've worn these and I respect them and I honor them and I'm so grateful," said Sloan.

If you would like to donate materials for Sloan's quilts, you can email the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association at cvmaflorida209@gmail.com.

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