Sewing machines hum in chorus with the atmosphere of friendship at Laura DeVenney's house every Tuesday night. Members of the Columbia chapter of Quilts of Valor gather to share a meal, talk and quilt together.
The group began in 2009 when Janece Martin, a nurse at the Harry S. Truman Veterans Hospital, and DeVenney began gathering women together to join the group.
Quilts of Valor grew gradually as members learned of the group through mutual contacts and decided to dedicate their time and effort to the cause.
Many of the women who work on the quilts have had contact with veterans throughout their lives. Martin’s father and husband were both members of the military, and she continues to work at the Harry S. Truman Veterans Hospital.
Satin Stitches, a sewing and embroidery shop in Columbia, serves as a meeting place for the women to gather and quilt together. The group will present five quilts to veterans there Monday.
Service learning students from MU also volunteer to work for the group.