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Quilters meet each month to help wounded soldiers

Carole Carroll, left, shows Oxford resident Clara Linton how to line up patterns. (click for larger version)
November 17, 2010 - Anyone who loves to quilt should head on over to Independence Village one Saturday a month. They can join a group community members who make quilts for wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC.

The Miracle Quilts group has met for the past 20 months, seeing tremendous growth since it first started with three members.They currently meet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month in the Market Street room of Independence Village, 701 Market St. in Oxford.

Addison resident Carole Carroll started the idea for Miracle Quilts, a branch of Desert Angel, which organizes packing parties for men and women serving in the armed forces.

She said groups in seven states also participate in the Miracle Quilts program

Carroll went down to Walter Reed in June and dropped off 120 quilts for wounded soldiers and was blown away by all of the stories of the injured soldiers.

She said manys seniros come in and out throughout the day and usually stay for around an hour.

No matter what skill level one has, there is always something to be done. "We always have a job going," she added.

She is very thankful for the support from Independence Village.

"I cannot say enough about how well received we are there because they let me use that facility for nothing," Carroll said.

Andrew Moser is a staff writer for the Oxford Leader.
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