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Quilts to help provide a personal touch in police interactions


Last updated 8/16/2022 at 1:45pm | View PDF

Karin Hill

Members of Sew Time in the Valley present their quilts to the Fountain Police Department on Aug. 12.

A little bit of comfort can go a long way in helping someone feel better in a time of crisis. A local community group donated a large supply of quilts for the Fountain Police Department and Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 SRO's to distribute to individuals in such situations.

"We, as a group, appreciate and admire Fountain first responders," said Fran Carrick of Sew Time in the Valley. "Our hope, is that in some way, these quilts, will bring comfort to those in need as well as to those gifting them. Our labels show a baby bear, with outstretched arms, and they say 'A hug for you.'"

Sew Time in the Valley presented the donation at FPD on Aug. 12. Lt. Matt Racine said items like this can be a valuable tool in sometimes difficult situations, as they provide a tangible measure of comfort to those involved with emotional circumstances.

Racine said the new quilts will be stored securely with various officers until they are needed. They will also be available to School Resource Officers in FFC8 for students in need.

Carrying out the mission of "Stitching Our Community Together," Sew Time in the Valley will continue this service as long as it is needed and wanted, members said.

These quilts were created by:

Adrianna Diggins, Fountain

Shawn Geist, La Junta, CO

Marilyn Hagans, Sugar City, CO

Kathy Hicks, Lamar, CO

Mary Rhoads, Cheyenne Wells, CO

Peggy Mcgee, Fountain

Ruth Welch Abney, Widefield

Elisabeth Klikier, Colorado Springs

Elaine McKay, Fountain

May Rick, Fountain

Fran Carrick, Fountain

"Our friends from Southern Colorado helped immeasurably with the quilting," Carrick said. "Their generosity is so appreciated."

Other members of Sew Time in the Valley are Diane Downs, Brenda Buckler, Mary Walters, Debbie Gee, Kathy Zegers, Peggy King, Sandra Eng, Susan Kirchner, Donna Prillaman of Colorado Springs, and Veralyn Prillaman of Denver.

Sew Time in the Valley is nearly five years old, having held its first meeting on Oct. 28, 2017.

Participants meet 10 a.m.-3 p.m. every second and fourth Saturday at the First United Methodist Church, 1003 N. Santa Fe Ave. All are welcome.

Karin Hill

Pictured from left are City Council Member Gordon Rick, group members May Rick, Ruth Welch Abney, Elisabeth Klikier and Fran Carrick, Lt. Matt Racine, Officer Chris Diriwachter, and Commander Frank Lewis.

"We would like to thank Mrs. Ann Allen of the First United Methodist Church for helping make it possible for us to meet at the church," Carrick said. "The board continues to give us access to the church when and if we need extra time and space to pull the quilts together. We are happy to support the church with cash donations and clothing. We also donate items to be given away at the Friday night Community Dinners as well as serve a delicious pasta dinner once a year. We'll be serving again on Friday, Sept. 9."

Quilts come in three pieces: the top, the batting and the backing.

"We all have fabric that can be pieced together for beautiful tops, but the batting is around $200 a roll, even on sale," Carrick explained. "We were so fortunate to have a sponsor with the next roll of batting. Sergio Gomez of High Country Plumbing told me how pleased he would be to help with our endeavor. His company focuses primarily on new construction, but if you need a plumber reach out to him. If he can't help you, he'll get you in touch with a company that will. He's competent, experienced and fair. His number is 719-216-1400.

"We accept all donations of good quality cotton fabric and/or cotton batting," Carrick said. "We welcome all to our sew time. I can be reached at 719-440-4546."


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