Betty Nielsen Receives Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame Award

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Betty Nielsen was inducted into the Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame Feb. 25 for her service to the community.

The Fonda woman leads Freedom Quilts, a volunteer program that has produced and delivered thousands of handmade, one-of-a-kind quilts for families of terrorism victims, those who lost a loved one in war, and now, Iowa flood victims.

"This award belongs not only to me but also to all that have had a part in making this happen," Nielsen said at the ceremony. "It is for my husband and the quilters who have supported me in making sure this project will continue. Everyone's help has insured that we get quilts made for the families that are mourning the loss of a loved one. For the people that have sent quilts and fabric so we can continue. For all those that continue to support this group by giving their hard earn money. Without all these wonderful people I would have never been able to continue this project. The award is a symbol of all of us and what we all have done to make a huge difference not only in our state but all over the world. We just hope that we can keep this project going and to continue to help those that need us."

Freedom Quilts has made a quilt to be raffled on the 4th of July this year. This money from this raffle will help the group continue their project. You can buy a chance now for $25 with all of the money going for the purchase of material and supplies to keep this project going. For every $25, you get a chance for winning this beautiful quilt (see front page.) It is truly one of a kind. Checks can be made out to Freedom Quilts and sent to:

Freedom Quilts, 13637 550th St., Fonda, IA 50540.

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