PITTSBURG — An organization called Quilts of Valor is working to bring veterans comfort and recognize them for their service.

Quilts of Valor is a nationwide organization and Pittsburg resident Pat Baker is opening a chapter in Pittsburg.

“The quilts represent a large part of their past,” Baker said.

The chapter will meet for the first time at 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 22 at the Pittsburg Public Library. She invites quilters to join the meeting.

Baker is not new to the organization, she was in a chapter in Colorado before she moved to Pittsburg. The closest chapters are in Wichita and Lawrence, she said she wanted to open a chapter in Pittsburg to encompass southeast Kansas and the surrounding area.

Since 2003, Quilts of Valor chapters have presented over 180,000 quilts, Baker said.

She said the quilts each chapter makes only go to that chapter’s local veterans.

“They can go to any branch who had served in any capacity,” Baker said.

People can nominate their local veterans, Baker said, and anyone can nominate regardless of being in the club.

“We want to honor those who have fought for our freedom,” she said.

To join the chapter, people can show up to the first meeting. Sign-up dues are $5 a year.

The organization needs both donations of red, white and blue cloth and monetary donations. People can call Baker for more information or to make donations at 620-875-6663.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on twitter @pittstephpotter.