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This was pointed out to me by Trish Hirschbach, in regards to a Fanpage created for a project called Quilts for Heros  The information posted below came from their Fan Page. As this is a Harrison County produced endeavour, and it involves our military, I re-publish it here. Be sure to click the Quilts for Hero’s links, or to utilize the contact information below and get involved!  – Larry

Quilts For Heros is a very special project for me because it is a great way to give a special gift to our Wounded Warriors who have made huge sacrifices and commitments for our country. I was injured in May of 2007 in Iraq and when i reached Lundstuhl,Germany i was greeted by a lady who helped get me a toothbrush,extra clothes and whatever was needed and she also gave me a very special gift from a group from Michigan. It was a quilt made from blue jeans and each square was a 5 inch square and each one was signed from someone thanking me for my service or dropping an encouraging word of support. After looking and reading it i remember thinking that each quilt would be different and unique in its own way and how personal it was.

Long story short after not running for four years i have been back out there running and have recently ran in some 5k road races and thought that each race i run i will donate to making a quilt and sending it to one of our Wounded Warriors and with the help of my sister Trish Everhart, who helped by donating some of her running t-shirts and giving me some helpful advice our first quilt is under way.

John Kelly from Hopedale,Ohio talked with his two sisters Barb Zias and Patty Webster, both from New Cumberland,W.V. about the project and they both got excited to make a quilt for the veterans even though they never made a t-shirt quilt before. But they have a game plan and it is under way and i soon will have pictures of them working on it for you all to watch the progress. Between the three of them they have donated the other supplies needed to make the quilt and the time it takes to make it.

Sandy Ott of Hopedale came up with the name while we were coming up with a flyer for the project. It is simple and says it all. A special thanks to all the names i mentioned above in getting the first quilt under way, i am thankful and blessed to have friends like you all.

Heres how everyone else can help. Send me any extra racing t-shirts you have, you can sign it on the front before you send it. Get with all your friends and send a bunch at a time, it will take 12 shirts per quilt. All the High Schools,Jr. High and Colleges can send me their basketball,baseball, cross-country or whatever sporting event they participate in and we will make a quilt out of them. I will also be collecting t-shirts from all businesses and i would like all employees to sign it. There will be a 5k at the Purple Heart Palace Fitness Center/The Grappling House Gym 412 Mill Street, Hopedale,Ohio Sept. 17th at 9:00 a.m. same day registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. until 8:45 a.m. Bring all the shirts and friends you can to that race. It will be a tradititon that each year all participants and sponsers will sign a quilt and we will send it out.

I have contacted Runners World magazine and am hoping that they will help me to pay it forward and we can start getting running shirts from around the world that people have participated in. Anyone who would like to make a quilt can contact me also. Thanks for your support.

Contact Information: (740)491-1593 or (740)937-2531 or send shirts to Quilts For Heros c/o Dirk Harkins 303 Village Street,Hopedale,Ohio 43976
AND VISIT and LIKE The Fan Page setup at Facebook by clicking here!

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Larry Bertolino

Larry Bertolino

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Larry Bertolino is a 31 year old, U.S Navy Veteran and currently sitting on the board of Directors for the Harrison County Chamber of Commerce, as well as Harrison County Rural Transit.
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