The Reflection’s in the Fabric

The Reflection’s in the Fabric
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Mike Lee

Mike Lee, a native of Chicago, graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Creative Writing. At LMU, Mike developed international and domestic volunteer trips and served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Student Veterans Organization. Mike’s professional background is in advertising and marketing, and has experience in executing large print and digital campaigns for non-profit and tourism clients. He lives in Los Angeles where he thinks a lot about dogs, bourbon, and the Chicago Bears.

TR Nation is full of gnarly tattoos and hidden talents. After Navy veteran Windy Barton spent several weeks helping homeowners during Operation: Starting Gun, she decided to share her sentiment through stitches and whipped up one bad ass quilt. Windy’s patchwork now hangs in the hallway at HQ.

At a loss for words following Operation: Starting Gun, Windy told her story with some fancy patchwork.
At a loss for words following Operation: Starting Gun, Windy told her story with some fancy patchwork.

Windy was one of hundreds of TR volunteers who provided relief following the tornadoes that devastated Oklahoma last May. She worked really hard, hugged lots of new comrades, and felt a renewed sense of purpose after helping people who’d lost everything.

“After my deployment, I went to my sewing room after thinking about how I can put this experience into words, and I found I couldn’t explain to others how much it changed me,” said Windy.

“Little did I know when I sat in an airplane on my way to Oklahoma City in June that my life would change for the better. All I wanted to do was help people in Moore. I never thought the people I would meet there would inspire me to do better and be better.”

Windy (far left) lent her quilt to serve as the backdrop for TR's first deployment wedding during Operation: What The Flood.
Windy (far left) lent her quilt to serve as the backdrop for TR’s first deployment wedding during Operation: What The Flood.

Windy is kindly considering our request to supply each of our 12,000 volunteers with a personalized TR quilt. That’s feasible, right?