Photo by Heather Middleton
By Curt Yeomans
Sometimes, you just cannot get enough love.
Members of the Augustin Clayton Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution spent Thursday morning at the Jonesboro Firehouse Museum and Community Center making blankets for the Jonesboro Police Department.
The blankets, which members of the group call "love blankets," are designed to go in Jonesboro Police cars, so officers can give the blankets to children who are witnesses to, or victims of a crime, chapter officials said.
The Daughters of the American Revolution chapter made, and donated, 18 blankets to the police department on Thursday. That is in addition to 12 blankets they donated to the department in December.
"We wanted to give more than we gave the first time around," said Janet Sherling, vice-regent of the local DAR chapter. She is also the chapter's coordinator for the blankets effort. "There's been several members who did not get to make a blanket before, that still wanted to do so," she added.
Jonesboro Police Chief Franklin Allen said he will now take an inventory of all the blankets that have been donated by the Daughters of the American Revolution. He said the latest blanket donation will allow his officers to have at least two blankets in each of the city's patrol cars.
The officers will give the blankets to children who have been involved in traumatic events, such as an automobile accident, or witnessing crimes, such as instances of domestic violence, the police chief added.
"It instills that sense of security, where that child will feel more comfortable talking to us about something they saw, or heard," Allen said.
Sherling said this second batch of blankets will likely be the last donation for a while. "We usually try to make them twice a year, once early in the year, and then again in the fall," she said.
The blankets were quickly, and simply, made by the Daughters of the American Revolution members. First, they took two large squares of thick fabric, and laid them on top of each other. They then cut short lines around the edges of the squares, creating strips on the edge.
The chapter members then tied each strip from the top sheet together with their corresponding strips from the bottom sheet, to create tassels on the edges. At one point, Sherling even had Jonesboro Mayor, Luther Maddox, tying a few tassels on a blanket.
Maddox said people, like the Daughters of the American Revolution members, doing something to help someone else, is key to giving Jonesboro a unique charm. "It's really important to have people doing things like this," he said. "It shows community spirit in the little, small town atmosphere. We appreciate what they are doing here."