Members of the DAR chapter donate 46 blankets to the Clayton County Police Department Wednesday morning. (Staff Photo: Kathy Jefcoats)
JONESBORO — In another example of community partnerships, the DAR Chapter donated nearly four dozen blankets to the Clayton County Police Department Wednesday.
Seven members of the Augustin Clayton Daughters of American Revolution Chapter made the donation of 46 blankets for use by patrol officers. The blankets were accepted by Chief Greg Porter and his sector captains.
“As chief of police, I really appreciate the efforts of the ladies,” he said. “This is a fine example of a partnership with the Clayton County Police Department. I feel this is a stepping stone to a new endeavor for residents, law enforcement and more specifically, this particular group. I commend them for this amazing community contribution.”
DAR members, including regent Phyllis Lawson, Bonnie Lemacks, Frances Gilbert, Liz Grimes, Susie Folds, Janet Sherling and Frieda Gibby, brought the blankets to the police department Wednesday morning.
Lawson said most were made together as a group but some of the women worked on them at home. The blankets will be kept inside patrol cars for use by officers working the road.
“We wanted officers to have a blanket in their cars to use in case they have to go to a fire or an accident,” said Lawson. “We anticipate their use primarily for children and the elderly, but anyone who needs a blanket. We hope they will be of service.”
The DAR chapter has been in service to Clayton County for 40 years.
“Because we are based in Jonesboro, we used to donate blankets to the Jonesboro Police Department,” said Lawson. “But we decided to share the wealth and donate to the Clayton County Police Department. It’s something we want to do to give back to the community.”
The chapter also recognizes outstanding students through the presentation of Good Citizenship medals.
Lawson told Porter to call the chapter if they run out of blankets.
“Your efforts will not go unnoticed,” he said. “We appreciate the partnership.”