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Written by Cyd Deathe, Executive Director   

Last year one of Marine Families Gold Star Mother's happened across a knitted blanket on FB that she fell in love with.  It was a beautiful American Flag.  We decided that she should have one so we set out to find a volunteer who could make the project happen.

Debbie McDowell, mom to a young Marine Corps Veteran, jumped right in to volunteer her skills to make sure this GSM got the blanket she so wished for.

Debbie even made a special Gold Star on the blanket that held the name of the Marine Warrior that had been killed in action.  She didn't stop there, because then Debbie decided to drive up some 2 hours from her home to deliver the blanket personally.

And of course that was just the beginning. Then another request came in, and then another and that is how the whole thing began.

To date Debbie has made six gorgeous blankets that have or will be presented to Gold & Silver Star Families and whenever a request is finished she is eagerly asking for another name.  She even made a matching "mini" blanket for one of our Gold Star Sons.  Debbie refuses to be reimbursed for any materials or labor.

Because of her distance from our homebase in Tampa, FL she is not always able to attend Musters and events, but she has found a way to stay involved despite the demographics.  She truly goes Above & Beyond!

Today I had the pleasure of meeting with Debbie and her husband Scott for brunch, and yes, to pick up 3 more blankets she had made.  On behalf of the organization I presented her with a small gift to show our appreciation and then coined her with one of our challenge coins for a job so very well done.

It is because of dedicated people like Debbie that Marine Families is able to do some very special things for so many.  When we all work together there is just so much more we can accomplish.

So, we honor Debbie McDowell in our February Volunteer Spotlight and hope that she will be an inspiration to others in showing that no matter where you are, or what you circumstances may be, there is always something that can be done to be a part of this organization.