MANATEE — Deputies dealing with children will now be able to comfort them with a blanket after a local organization donated about 40 quilts to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday.
“It’s kind of comforting if they’ve had a trauma in their life,” said Pam Lichanski, a member of Manatee Patchworkers Quilting Guild. “Some of the children don’t have any personal possessions. So the quilt is great comfort to them. It’s something they can take possession of.”
Manatee Patchworkers began the “Quilts for Cruisers” project about three years ago and have gradually expanded it to all law enforcement agencies in Manatee County.
“It’s a continuing project. We do this every year. If you finish a quilt, you can donate it,” said Hilary Macdonald, another member.
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Deputy First Class Craig Davis, who has worked in patrol for more than five years, picked up one of the quilts from the group Tuesday afternoon at the sheriff’s office to place in his patrol car.
He said there have been times when a quilt would be useful when going to calls involving children.
“I’ve had one where the kid was in the back of a car and mom was on drugs. The kid was cold and had been in there two to three hours. It would have been good in that case,” Davis said.
There are more than 100 members in the quilters’ group, and it takes about 10 to 15 hours of work to complete a lap quilt for a child.
“We do it because we like to sew. We like to quilt. I just think everyone should have a quilt,” Macdonald said.