Local 31G United Steel Workers of Ottawa created a one-of-a-kind item raffled off to raise $3,140 for the Illinois Veterans Home in La Salle.
“We wanted to do something different so I talked with my wife and we actually made a T-shirt quilt out of the locals T-shirts,” said Local 31G USW Member Eric Woodin. “We had a couple other things put on it and we raffled that off at $10 a ticket.”
The quilt was constructed of Local 31G T-shirts all centered around a swatch piece with two eagles carrying a flag to complete the overall look of the raffled item.
The quilt was a vision Woodin and his wife had she was able to put together to help the great cause. The organization was able to sell 311 of 500 total tickets for the quilt.
The funds are intended to be used for a statue or various statues throughout the veterans home’s various courtyards. The statues vary and usually commemorate a particular branch of the armed forces.
La Salle Veterans Home Volunteer Services Director Susan Scully was present Wednesday to accept the award and stated how great it is to have the community’s support.
“This makes it so wonderful and it makes it so nice that the community is still supporting us throughout the pandemic and through these times that we’re going through,” Scully said. “It’s a great support for us to know they still care for us.”
USW Local 31G has members all over the Illinois Valley in Ottawa, Marseilles, Peru, Spring Valley, among other communities. They have held many fundraisers over the years to support local causes. The organization has assisted Ottawa’s Freezin’ for a Reezin’, Santa’s Elves of the Illinois Valley and a couple previous fundraising drives for the veterans home.
Source: The Daily Chronicle