ANDERSON — Deputy David “Allen” Hammond was honored on June 26 by local members of the Prickly Fingers Quilt Guild, when he was presented with the group’s Quilt of Valor.
According to Lynda McCoy Hempel, who stitched Hammond’s quilt, the guild’s goal is to “wrap a quilt around every man and woman who has served our country.”
And, so far, combined with other quilting guilds across the nation, over 101,000 quilts have been presented to military veterans and service men and women both here and abroad.
Hammond was nominated to receive the quilt by his friend and ex-coworker, David Allen. Allen became acquainted with Hammond in 2008, while volunteering at the Anderson Police Department, where Hammond was then serving as the agency’s Patrol Lieutenant.
The presentation took place at the Sheriff’s Office where Hammond now serves the citizens of Anderson County as a deputy sheriff.
“I’m speechless,” said Hammond. “I’m just a humble guy. It’s an honor to be recognized.”
Hammond served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1980 to 1984. During part of that time he was stationed locally at the Donaldson Center in Greenville where he worked as a Field Ammo Supply Specialist and a Field Radio Operator.
Hammond’s name will now be added to the Quilts of Valor National Registry, says local foundation coordinator, Tommy Forrest.
Forrest said that the volunteers who make and present the quilts consider it an honor.
Hempel indicated that the guild is always looking for donations and volunteer quilters. She said they try to sew at last one quilt per week and have actually presented 20 in the past two months.
Guild members can be reached at 864-40-1903. Visit the National Foundation’s website at www.qovf.org for more information.