Vets' Hospital: Please Stop Sending Quilts
Quilters say it's because of the bedbug scare
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 21, 2011 12:04 PM CDT
Quilters in Minneapolis have to ease off their donations to veterans for a while.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Enough with the quilts already. That's the message the Minneapolis VA has sent to local quilters, even if there's disagreement on the reason why. As the Star Tribune explains (in a story spotted by Pat's Papers), the VA says it simply has no more room for them. But a local quilters group says VA officials told them to ease off because of a bedbug infestation at a different VA facility.

The latter explanation didn't sit well with the Quilts of Valor group: "Bedbugs come from humans using the quilts and they are not used, they are new. I can assure you we are not using these things and giving away used items." The VA didn't explain the mixed messages, but gives this as the official explanation: "We have an overabundant supply of lap robes, quilts, blankets, neck pillows, armrest pillows, heart pillows, slippers, and laundry bags." In the meantime, the quilters are quilting away for vets in other organizations.

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BlueAyez
Apr 22, 2011 9:06 AM CDT
Share the wealth. There's other VA hospitals and elder care facilities that would love to have the leftovers.
bobmom
Apr 22, 2011 8:55 AM CDT
I was going to forward this story to my wife, but decided against it. She is a champion quilter, donating her work to the VA, and has received many gratitude letters from veterans.The VA, on the other hand, is run by government ham-handed bureaucrats.
zdaydream
Apr 21, 2011 4:19 PM CDT
This is kinda depressing. I worked the elections at a local church. During the day the Quilting Ladies came in. They get together twice a week working on lap quilts and quilts for Vets who have been wounded. You could see that they held this task dear. I understand what the VA is saying, I also understand how these ladies feel. Things will be worked out, but both sides have a point. <:-)