EAGAR — Quilter’s Haven quilt shop celebrated Independence Day by gifting Apache County veterans with 20 handmade quilts sewn by local volunteers. The custom quilts were given away based on a free raffle drawing held on July 4. According to Quilter’s Haven owner, Billye Wilda, the inspiration for the Apache County veterans quilt raffle was the nationally acclaimed “Quilts of Valor” project based out of Winterset, Iowa. Quilter’s Haven has been conducting the quilt raffle since 2015. According to Billye Wilda, “We love our vets. They deserve recognition and we are proud to support them.” The Quilters’ Haven program requires no monetary cost for a veteran to enter the raffle, names not drawn this year will roll over into the next year. Quilts are awarded to both male and female veterans. Veterans who have received a quilt are not eligible for future drawings. All veterans are encouraged to participate in the free quilt raffle by signing up at their local veterans’ organizations such as the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Quilter’s Haven. Next year the Apache County Veterans Quilt Raffle drawing will take place during the Round Valley Rodeo where the winners will be announced in-between competitive events. The owners of Quilters’ Haven, Billye Wilda and Cathy Bawden, have embraced a strong commitment to give back to their communities in the White Mountains. In addition to the veteran quilt raffle, Quilters’ Haven also donates custom pet beds to the local animal shelter. The quilters also support one Apache County active military person and their unit for each calendar year.