Women Veterans Society to make quilt for injured student


    The TCU Women Veterans Society is seeking volunteers for the "Quilt for Matthew," a quilt for university student Matthew Smith who was injured in a motorcycle accident last month. 

    The project follows a blood drive held by Alpha Phi Omega and the Student Government Association in Smith's honor.

    Stesha Colby, a senior sociology major, Marine Corps veteran and member of the Women Veterans Society, said she thought of the idea while she and another student were brainstorming a way to show Smith the TCU community is supporting him.

    "We were like, 'Hey we both quilt. This would be a good idea,'" she said.

    She explained that Smith is in a hospital in San Antonio, Texas, and will be there for another 30 days. 

    "He has a shattered pelvis, so we want him to know that TCU is behind him," Colby said.

    Colby said the society is starting the project by asking students for donations of T-shirts, patriotic material, needles, thread and fabric pens.

    Colby said the Women Veterans Society is trying to get a variety of shirts from different organizations on campus because they want to have as many organizations as possible reflected on the quilt.

    There are two donation boxes on campus. One is in Jarvis Hall, and the other is at the front entrance of the University Recreation Center, Colby explained.

    Colby said they hope to get all the donations by spring break, so the society and volunteers can start making the quilt the following week later.

    "The project is under the umbrella of the Women Veterans Society, but I don't want to limit it to that," Colby said.

    Any student can volunteer, whether through donating materials or helping to sew a square for the quilt.

    Cheryl Taylor, an adviser of the Women Veterans Society, said students do not have to have sewing experience because the purpose is "to help out a fellow TCU Horned Frog."

    "From veteran to veteran, I feel that it’s important that he knows that it’s not just us that’s behind him. It’s the entire student body,” Colby said.