PERRY – Charles M. Schulz, creator of the beloved “Peanuts” comic book, was on to something when he inspired the animated show “Happiness is a warm blanket, Charlie Brown” to illustrate to the world what something something like a quilt can mean to someone and why.
Charity Naim, licensed clinical social worker at Carl Vinson VA Medical Center and member of the Crossroads Quilt Guild in Perry, donated 12 quilts to veteran hospice residents over the holiday season. Sadly, these honorable veterans may have seen their last Thanksgiving, New Years, and the holidays in between.
“About 100 members are in our guild, and we have donated quilts to the Homelessness Program at Carl Vinson VA Medical Center for the past seven years,” Naim said. “This donation was a little different, as we had a few more quilts than the residents of the hospice, so it was the best place to give them away for the holiday season.”
With 11 hospice residents receiving quilts, that meant there was one left. At the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center, nothing goes to waste.
“The charity informed me that one of their quilts was perfect for a baby,” said Tammie Campbell, primary care social worker for women’s health at the VA center. “I immediately thought of one of our homeless veterans who participates in our maternity care program and due deliver any day now. We have so many vets with kids in need of help, and the quilt is the icing on the cake of the items we wrap and provide to them all year round, but especially during our annual baby shower, which will take place. in April.
Quilts and other similar items tend to have a deeper meaning than other gifts maybe not. According to the APA Dictionary of Psychology and adapted from the late British psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott, “transitional object” explains “by extension any person or thing that provides security, emotional well-being and a symbolic connection with a precious other”.
Some veterans of the hospice are ready to go, and others harbor a sense of natural fear, but if quilts offer safety and security to help them bravely face this moment, then all the time and effort that goes into the Crossroads Quilt Guild will have been well worth the effort, officials said. The quilts will be passed on to family members, where memories will continue to be created and cherished.
If happiness is a warm blanket, then a quilt made by hand with love is truly a treasure.