H.U.G.S. Presentation: Southwest Kansas Quilts of Valor

LIBERAL, Kan.—In their mission to thank our military and raise awareness of the dedication and sacrifice of veterans and service members, the Southwest Kansas Quilts of Valor program received a $1,000 donation from Southern Pioneer Electrics H.U.G.S. team representatives Tuesday to help with the organizations 2017 goal.

With one quilt costing up to $250 to complete, the monetary donation will go toward fabrics for quilt tops, backing, batting, labels and shipping. The quilting services themselves are donated by volunteer quilters.

Depending completely on donations, the Quilts of Valor program for the area set their yearly goal at 70 quilts for military members, looking at costs of up to $17,500. The H.U.G.S. donation is a big help according to Quilts of Valor member and local area administrator, Peggy Luck.

“Any donations that come to Quilts of Valor are used specifically for the quilts and the work is all done by volunteers,” said Luck. “We are just so excited for a donation like this.”

Since starting in 2003, the Quilts of Valor program has distributed over 151,000 quilts nationwide. In Southwest Kansas alone, the quilting guild has given out over 200 quilts and has 100 requests pending for new quilts.

Luck said, “Because our community has been so receptive and supportive of wanting to honor their veterans, we have over 100 quilt request right now. The quilts that are made in southwest Kansas will stay in southwest Kansas—all the quilts we make here are for our communities.”

The local quilting group has honored veterans as far north as Hill City, Colby and Stockton, with quilts also going as far as Dodge City and Anthony. While some quilts are presented privately, most are given in public ceremonies—something the quilters love because it shows public support for former members of the armed services.

“I started with Quilts of Valor in 2003 and I don’t know how many quilts I’ve helped make, but it’s not enough,” said longtime member Sharon Hobble. “I am sold on this organization, it’s one of the best things we have going and I don’t think we can recognize veterans enough.”

For more information for the Southwest Kansas Quilts of Valor organization, or to donate, please contact Peggy Luck at peggy.luck@QOVF.org.

Southern Pioneer Electric Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pioneer Electric Cooperative, is headquartered out of Ulysses, Kansas. Southern Pioneer Electric Company has local offices in Liberal and Medicine Lodge, Kansas. Southern Pioneer Electric Company serves approximately 17,200 customers and operates in 10 counties and 34 communities. Southern Pioneer Electric Company’s service territory stretches east from Liberal to Medicine Lodge and north to Kingman and back west to Greensburg, Kansas. Southern Pioneer Electric Company is dedicated to providing customers with safe and reliable electric service. For more information about the H.U.G.S. program, please contact Vice President of Energy Services, Anita Wendt. (Phone: 620.424.5271 and E-mail: awendt@pioneerelectric.coop)