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Jaime Villanueva | Herald

Tricia Witte sews a quilt during the Quilts of Valor National Freedom Day on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at Killeen Sew and Quilt in Killeen.

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Nearly a dozen quilters teamed up Saturday to sew in honor of veterans.

“We live in a military community, so we should support the military community,” said Chris Laviolette, a Killeen resident who pitched in her sewing skills to help finish off eight lap-size quilts to be donated to veterans through the Quilts of Valor Foundation.

For a decade, the foundation asked quilters from across America to come together Feb. 1, the date of National Freedom Day, and sew quilts for veterans and wounded service members in military hospitals. Each year, more than 10,000 people participate, according to a release from the organization.

Ten people sewed together at Killeen Sew and Quilt and another three worked at A Sewing Basket in Salado, said Laura Winckel, event organizer and local representative of the Quilters With a Heart chapter of the foundation.

Caren Cohen said she came out because it sounded like something fun and good to do.

“It’s not only the fact ... you get to work around other quilters, but it makes you feel good,” she said. “It gives you a good feeling to able to do something for somebody else.”

This was the first year a local chapter was organized to support the nationwide event, which created some difficulty in participation.

“We don’t have donors,” Winckel said. “We have to ask everybody to bring their own fabric.”

The quilters enjoyed the time so much, they plan to meet once a month in the Killeen sew shop to quilt together.

“It’s a natural fit for us,” said Jennifer Trumble, who owns and manages the store with her husband. “Anything we can do for the community, we will.”

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here. You can contact Rose L. Thayer at rthayer@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.

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Jaime Villanueva | Herald

Tricia Witte sews a quilt during the Quilts of Valor National Freedom Day on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at Killeen Sew and Quilt in Killeen.

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