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Quilters in Detroit donate to homeless vets trying to get back on their feet

March 10, 2017 (Photo Credit: Seth Wenig/AP)
Piquette Square, a 150-unit apartment complex in Detroit, houses and cares for homeless veterans trying to reintegrate back into the community. 

Farmington Library Quilters have been making and donating colorful quilts to the apartment complex for about seven years, trying to make sure every veteran stays warm, quilter Sue Horner told USA Today's Hometown Life.

"It's not a stop-gap place. It's a place where (veterans) can get back on their feet. And everyone needs something on their bed."

When they leave Piquette Square, the quilt goes with the veterans.

"These homemade quilts are more than just a blanket," said Chery Allen, a volunteer veteran resource facilitator for Piquette Square. "People put in a lot of time, and the whole time they're making them they're thinking about the person who's going to get them. It's a labor of love for these folks. When you give someone a blanket like that, it really helps alleviate their anxiety to know someone cares that much. It's a work of art that's been given to them, and they are truly appreciative."

Quilters deliver quilts a couple times a year, making sure they are able to fit a long twin-size bed.

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