MADISON (WKOW)-- Each month WKOW recognizes people who volunteer in our communities and inspire others to give back.
It's called the Jefferson Award. We honor a woman who sews for soldiers. Su Timmerman is this month's Jefferson Award recipient.
Su has sewn since she was just 8 years old. While she's sewn a lot through the years, this current project might just mean the most.
Su is sewing what's called a Camo Quilt. Su heard about Camo Quilts when her granddaughter deployed to Baghdad in 2009.
"They find so many uses for them," said Su.
Camo Quilts was started by a woman in Plymouth, near Sheboygan. Her son-in-law, Todd, deployed in 2006. She sent with him a homemade quilt. And quickly got requests from others in the unit.
"It's something from home," said Vaughn.
Vaughn Larson was the platoon Sergeant then. He told us what Todd said as he showed off his homemade quilt.
"This is the best thing ever," said Vaughn, repeating what was said about the quilts. "It fits in your bunk, you can roll it up tight and everybody said cool, I want one."
Vaughn is also Su's delivery man. He brings supplies from Plymouth. Su makes the quilts. Then Vaughn takes them back to Plymouth where they are shipped to a Service Member.
With each quilt comes a card, many made by children.
"We had a unit who lost everything, their sleeping tent was bomb," said Su. "And they lost their quilts too. We replaced them, right now."
It takes Su about 2 hours to make one quilt.
In just two years, Su has made nearly 600 quilts. The organization as a whole has made 10,000.
"As long as my thumbs will hold out I guess I will continue," said Su. "It feels good to know they are so appreciated over there."
Su says another volunteer quilter's message rings true for her as well.
"These are stitches of love, everyone one of them," said Su. "She's right, she's right."
And she hopes people will support the cause, whether it's donating the money to buy materials, or making quilts themselves.
"Even if you don't personally know someone who had to go, we are all in this together," said Su.
Service members like the quilts for a number of reasons including that the quilts breathe a lot better than the military-issued sleeping bags. Camo quilts also made one for Staff Sergeant Amy Krueger, a Kiel, Wisconsin native.
She asked for 47 more for her unit while they were waiting to deploy from Fort Hood. Days later, Amy died in the 2009 mass shooting. The quilters filled Amy's request for her team in one day.
It costs about $20 to make just one quilt.
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