When Cleveland’s Officer Fahey was killed in January 2017, while directing traffic at an accident, I felt horrible for the family. So, I decided I would make a quilt for his mother. Then, I decided I would make a quilt for any fallen officer in Ohio.
I registered with Officer Down Memorial Page to keep up to date with the fallen officers. I would read the stories of each and my heart just broke for the families. So, I decided on a few that reached out to me and sent a quilt to their families. Well, after sending a couple of quilts off, my guilty feelings kicked in. How could I choose one officer and their family over another? They are equally important! Every one of these officers are heroes! They made the ultimate sacrifice with their life to protect the public. At that moment I have made it my mission to make and send a quilt to all of the fallen officer’s families, nationally.
Each quilt is embroidered with their personal information – name, department, badge number and End of Watch date. Recently, I have been contacting their department for a patch to put along side this information, to personalize it even more.
It takes about 25 hours (labor of love) to make one quilt – from washing the fabric, pressing, cutting, sewing, embroidering and quilting. I always purchase my materials on sale or with coupons from Joann Fabrics. On average, the materials cost $80, and shipping is around $20 for every quilt. At this time, I have financed 16 quilts. Financially, this is a big undertaking – I need help!!
I am asking for you to help me continue my mission. A donation of any sort is greatly appreciated. So far, quilts have been sent to California, Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Colorado, Louisiana, Alabama, New York, South Carolina and Ohio.
Thank you for your support!!
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