Students present vets with Blankets of Valor
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 11:46 PM
VAN WERT — Van Wert FCCLA students presented 70 World War II and Korean veterans with Blankets of Valor on their May 28th Honor Flight at the Fort Wayne International Airport. This was Northeast Indiana’s 13th Honor Flight which provides a trip to Washington D.C. at no cost for the veterans. This was Van Wert FCCLA’s third time to present Blankets of Valor this school year.
FCCLA students raised all the necessary funds to purchase almost 900 yards of fleece for a total of 210 blankets for three Honor Flights. Each blanket is hand cut and tied, made out of patriotic fleece. Making and presenting these blankets to our American heroes was a huge undertaking that the students completed with passion and honor. The students have received numerous calls and letters from the veterans expressing their appreciation not only for the blankets but for the caring and patriotism shown by the students for the veterans’ service to our country.
Thanks to all the teachers, businesses and individuals who helped make this project a success through donations and sponsorships as well as all the students who took time to help make the blankets. Van Wert FCCLA students would like to continue this project on upcoming Honor Flights, the next scheduled flight is Oct. 1.
Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor, helping to make these blankets or wanting more information can contact Lynda Ragan, Van Wert FCCLA adviser, at (419) 203-2626.