Lynn Veith, a nurse case manager at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, is a military mom. Her son serves in the US Calvary and has done a tour of service in Afghanistan. Yesterday, she provided 40 handmade baby blankets to military spouses at Operation Shower at the Travelers Championship golf tournament in Cromwell.
"I am a quilter," she explains. "And it just seemed a natural match to get involved with the baby shower. And the crowning piece, this year, was that I found out in February that my son and his wife are having a baby in September."
Operation Shower is a PGA program that provides military spouses with a "shower in a box", including items such as car seats, gliders and high chairs.
Veith, of West Simsbury, worked for 9 months on the blankets. She says seeing moms receive them was very special: "I said, 'Use them, put your baby on them. When you need support, just think of it as a hug, that someone cares about you.'"
Veith also donates work to all veterans through the Quilts of Valor Foundation.
"It's just to show people that we care and that we understand and are so grateful for the sacrifices our military make, as well as military families," she says. "You can think you understand what it's like for someone to be deployed and not know if you're ever going to see them again but when your son writes his last will and testament and gives you his power of attorney before he leaves, it's a very humbling experience."
A hospitality tent at the tournament, called the Patriot's Outpost, will be open all week. The tent, sponsored by Saint Francis, features air conditioning, food and hand massages for all service members.