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Soldier Quilt program at Stockhoff

Stockhoff residents are happy to honor veterans with the gift of handmade quilts through their new Soldier Quilt program.

Activities staff and residents put their quilting talents and generosity together and the Soldier Quilt project was born. Last fall, a few ladies who love to sew got started on the first quilt in the activities department.

“This wonderful project shows how our residents continue living a full life when they move to our home,” Jennifer Penuel, MMC chief operations officer said. “They are very active and productive citizens that continue to give back to the community. Our entire home feels as though they deserve to be recognized.”

The activities staff helps residents find plenty of leisure pursuits every day. This program is unique because it gives them a chance to contribute to the community.

The joy which comes with giving is often more difficult for the aged due to their lack of mobility. This new idea helps them to break down that barrier.

“The fun part is that they get to give back to community,” Stockhoff Social Worker Libby Wood said. “Our residents feel really good about that.”

Residents are allowed the opportunity to be more fully engaged with others by communicating and giving. An overwhelming feeling of being needed can burgeon in the hearts of each of these participating seniors. Not only the residents; but also the community benefits from resulting friendships.

“They enjoy staying active and like to have something to look forward to,” Libby said.

Each of the quilts is made with patriotic themed fabric swatches. In November, the first one went to Caleb Miller of Fredericktown who was serving in the United States Marine Corp.

The quilts are gifted to veterans as the result of nominations by community members. A brief outline the reasons their soldier deserves recognition, the location of service, military branch, and his or her name, all need to be included with each submission. Contact information on the person submitting it must also be included and the contest is open to any veteran.

Submissions can be sent via email to or by mail to: Madison Medical Center, Attn: Libby Wood, 611 W. Main St., Fredericktown, MO 63645.

The entry deadline is March 11 with the announcement of a recipient expected by March 18. Stockhoff residents will judge the submissions according to Penuel.

Those interested in more information and program updates on the Soldier Quilt project can contact Madison Medical Center on Facebook.

Soldier Quilt creators Zida Stanfill, Hazel Robinson, Freda Pirtle, and Eula Statler hold up an example of their work. 

Soldier Quilt creators Zida Stanfill, Hazel Robinson, Freda Pirtle, and Eula Statler hold up an example of their work. 

Traci M. Black is a reporter for the Democrat News and can be reached at 573-783-3366 or at

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