02/24/2012 09:43 am ET

Military Mom Pays It Forward With Camo Quilts

One Bristol resident has taken it upon herself to find ways to help fund a volunteer organization that makes and ships quilts to members of the military.

Military mom JoAnne Camara has seen her son off on three deployments in the last four years. So when her son Thomas was deployed to Afghanistan for the second time on Jan. 2, 2012, Camara sought to keep his spirits up by sending him a quilt made by volunteers in Wisconsin. They're not just any quilts, though: these are made from the same material as military uniforms so that the troops can use them out in the open and strap them to the outside of their bags.