Patches and Patriotism

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KEWANEE, Ill. (KWQC) — Eighty eight year old Bette Van De Genachte enjoys her material world. Sewing, stitching, and pinning. Bette makes lap robes for military veteran. Hundreds of them. It’s a thank you to the men and women who valiantly serve and have served the USA.

Veterans day is especially meaningful to her. She has family who serve in the military.

The robes are made with lots of tender loving care. They are colorful and some patriotic. Some are made from jeans and patches. Much of the material is donated to her.

Bette has traveled to Peoria, Galesburg and La Salle to deliver the robes. She has received several letters from the Veterans Administration, thanking her for this kind gesture.

She lets some veterans choose the one they’d like. That’s exactly what Korean War Veteran Lou Van De Voorde did. He selected a robe with a deer on the front. Lou likes to hunt and fish.

At last count, Bette had turned in 393 robes. Warm and comfy during these cold November days.

Lou says veterans want to know they are not forgotten. No chance of that happening as long as Betty Van De Genachte is around!