Lost quilt for fallen soldier found on the side of the road

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Kaye Hansen with the Oregon Home of the Brave Quilt Project (KATU photo).

BORING, Ore. - A lost quilt that was meant for a fallen Oregon soldier's family has been found.

Kaye Hansen has helped stitch many of the more than 180 homemade quilts delivered by the Oregon Home of the Brave Project to families of fallen soldiers. She says each quilt is a replica of the Civil War quilts made by the Women's Sanitary Commission during the war.

"I want these families to know we appreciate their sacrifice - while that soldier's serving or if he doesn't make it home," she said.

Hansen recently lost one of the quilts, which was sealed in a plastic bag with a soldier's obituary on top, at the Portland Expo Center. She said she thought she left it in her car, but when she left it was gone.

On Thursday, we received word that the quilt had been found and returned to Hansen. Someone working at the Loaves and Fishes' MLK Center, which isn't too far from the Expo Center, found the quilt on the side of the road. The center's manager got in touch with Hansen after he saw her story on KATU.

"I am feeling very, very grateful for your sincere interest and the KATU coverage - and for the staff and volunteers at the Loaves and Fishes, MLK Center, who saw your story and did the right thing," Hansen wrote us in an e-mail.