County honors Camo Quilt Project



Sgt. 1st Class Todd Richter (left) and Linda Wieck (center) were presented with Sheboygan County Citizen Leadership awards by County Board Chair Roger TeStroete (right) at Tuesday’s County Board meeting. Wieck, responding to a request from her son-in-law Richter, created a quilt out of camouflage material prior to his deployment to Iraq in 2006. Other members of Richter’s National Guard unit, the Plymouth-based Battery B, 1st Battalion, 121st Field Artillery saw his quilt and requested similar quilts from Wieck, who completed 48 of them before the unit left for Iraq in July, 2006. The demand for the quilts – which are used as pads, pillows, blankets, cushions and more by service members – grew to the point that Wieck recruited volunteers to help cut, assemble and sew the quilts. To date, the project has made more than 21,000 of the quilts, which take about three hours each to make and cost about $25 in material. Donations have enabled the project to provide them free to all service members requesting one. Wieck noted that the project is expanding and is making patriotic-themed quilts for veterans in nursing homes. They will present 28 quilts to Rocky Knoll veterans next Monday, Veterans Day, and another 23 to Sunny Ridge veterans on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Day. 
Review photo by Emmitt B. Feldner Sgt. 1st Class Todd Richter (left) and Linda Wieck (center) were presented with Sheboygan County Citizen Leadership awards by County Board Chair Roger TeStroete (right) at Tuesday’s County Board meeting. Wieck, responding to a request from her son-in-law Richter, created a quilt out of camouflage material prior to his deployment to Iraq in 2006. Other members of Richter’s National Guard unit, the Plymouth-based Battery B, 1st Battalion, 121st Field Artillery saw his quilt and requested similar quilts from Wieck, who completed 48 of them before the unit left for Iraq in July, 2006. The demand for the quilts – which are used as pads, pillows, blankets, cushions and more by service members – grew to the point that Wieck recruited volunteers to help cut, assemble and sew the quilts. To date, the project has made more than 21,000 of the quilts, which take about three hours each to make and cost about $25 in material. Donations have enabled the project to provide them free to all service members requesting one. Wieck noted that the project is expanding and is making patriotic-themed quilts for veterans in nursing homes. They will present 28 quilts to Rocky Knoll veterans next Monday, Veterans Day, and another 23 to Sunny Ridge veterans on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Day. Review photo by Emmitt B. Feldner

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