Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System
Women Donate Handmade Quilts to Veteran Patients
For all of her life, Karin Carrick has loved making quilts and the evidence can be found throughout her house.
“We have quilts all over my house,” said Carrick, who lives in Geary, Okla. “I love quilts. I’m kind of from a family of quilters. We’re all Norwegian and we all do hand work.”
However, making quilts has only been a hobby for Carrick. During a visit to the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center about three months ago with her husband, a Navy Veteran, she became inspired to turn her passion for quilts into an opportunity to give back to America’s Veterans.
“My husband goes to the VA in Oklahoma City and you see all these guys, some in wheelchairs, and it just kind of became a burning thing in me that I needed to do something for the Vets,” she said. “I quilt, so I thought ‘maybe we could do lap quilts.’ I just think there’s something about having your own quilt. Something that is made by hand just for you seems to mean so much more.”
Carrick teamed up with Sherry Langguth and the two women made nine handmade quilts that were approximately 46 inches wide and 64 inches long.
“When you fold it in half, they’re good for a wheelchair or if they’re out full, it’s good for a recliner,” said Carrick.
On Nov. 10, the women visited the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center and donated the nine quilts to Veterans undergoing chemotherapy treatment. While the gesture was intended to bless others, Carrick said the donation probably ended up blessing them more than the Veterans.
“It’s the most rewarding thing in the world,” she said. “We wanted to do something that would lift up their spirits and it actually lifted our spirits. They were so appreciative. It just made us feel good. We went there to hopefully make them feel good and we felt like we had totally been blessed. It was a great experience and we hope to do many, many more.”
During the holiday season and throughout the year, the community is encouraged to visit our inpatients at the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center.
“Our Veterans really do need it,” said Carrick. “They need the interaction with people and they need to know that they’re appreciated.”
To schedule a visit, please call our Voluntary Service office at 918-577-3621.