Take an armchair trip to the beach with me. At TQL, we learned about a program called Operation Surf, and we were so impressed we featured it as a Helping Hands article in the August issue. This program teaches wounded veterans to surf. Can you imagine? Some of these men have suffered multiple amputations, and there they are, riding the waves. You must read the article and see the pictures. It’s incredibly inspiring.

A quilter named Pam Munns told us about Operation Surf, and how she was so impressed that she had to make sure every participant went home with a quilt. That was no small accomplishment either! Recently we heard from Pam with this update we have to share:

“Martin and Will, two British soldiers who participated in Operation Surf last year, paid their own way back to California to participate in the Santa Cruz Operation Surf. Martin is a triple amputee and said he would not have gotten out of his wheel chair if he had not seen the other guys using their prosthetics and giving it a go! He even made his own video of the surfing event and posted it on Facebook.”

Martin’s picture is shown at the end of this post (it was taken by Suzanne Heitzman and provided to TQL by Pam Munns).  I can hardly wait, too, for you to see the August issue…Jan Magee, The Quilt Life

Martin was a two-time participant in Operation Surf.
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The 23rd annual quilt festival, presented by the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District , runs May 11-12 at the historic Jenkins Estate. More than 100 quilters from the Portland area will display their work, said Gail DuBois, the festival’s program coordinator. Last year, more than 1,500 people came out to the event.

What an amazing story and Pam Munns is such a talented quilter. I’ve seen her handmade quilts and she puts so much love into each one!