Group provides Springfield police quilts to comfort kids
A group of quilters is working to provide some comfort to kids during some of the scariest times. They've been busy for months, working on Operation Squad Car.
Equipped with sewing machines, scraps of fabric, and hearts for children, the Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Guild is working for kids.
"I literally flagged the officer down and asked him about my idea of putting a child-sized quilt in every squad car, actually two. And he thought it was a wonderful idea," sasy Connie Bradford.
Bradford also found many supporters at the quilt guild in the Community Quilts group. "Everybody was excited. Then I decided I better find out how many squad cars Springfield has. Well, they have 60. Holy canoli! Who knew there was 60 squad cars in Springfield!" Bradford says.
Their goal was to make 120 quilts in 6 months, but they've already surpassed that, now reaching 130. They're all different colors and patterns, but they're all a convenient kid size. "These quilts are going to give these kids comfort," says Bradford.
Having worked 15 years as a firefighter, Bradford has seen her share of kids in traumatic circumstances. She says, "Maybe mom's had a car wreck and she's got children in the back seat. Even if those kids aren't hurt, give them a quilt. They've just been through something traumatic."
The quilters know Springfield police officers see kids at the scariest times too. "Sometimes we may end up having to remove somebody, whether it's the children, or whether it's a parent as a result of a law violation," says Officer Chris Laughlin.
They hope a handmade quilt can offer some consolation. Laughlin says, "Here's a gift to you; it kind of opens them up a little bit, and they're able to relay a little bit more information for us, which is beneficial."
Above all, they hope to warm young hearts. "Sometimes DFS has to go in and pull a child, and sometimes they don't even have clothes on, but you can wrap them up in a quilt, and they got some comfort going on, and that's what it's all about too, is comfort for these kids," Bradford says.
The guild plans to keep supplying the quilts to officers. If you would like to get involved, contact the Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Guild to see about joining or making quilts at home.
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