The Cove quilting group, Batty Peace Makers, had a novel idea a year ago.
They decided to make child-sized quilts for police patrol units so they can give to children when on emergency calls. On March 6, the group presented 24 quilts to the Copperas Cove Police Department. This was the first time the club donated quilts to the department, said quilter Robin Armstead.
“We met monthly for a year to make these quilts and we’re so happy to donate them today,” she said. “We really wanted to do something in our community that’s closer to home.”
On hand for the presentation were fellow quilters Angie Purvis and Cindy Sato. As they presented the gifts to the department, they made them promise to call as soon as they needed more.
“We want to do this twice a year if you’ll have us,” Purvis said. “We know a quilt might be just what a child needs in an emergency — something to give them a sense of comfort and keep them warm.”
Established in 1999, the club moved to Cove a few years ago and now has 10 members. They worked to make quilts with crayon colors and cartoon panels that would attract children, said Armstead, who has been quilting with Batty Peace Makers since 2009.
Patrol Officer Joey Diaz accepted the quilts on behalf of the department, saying it was an honor that they had thought of the department in this unique way.
“I grew up here and always wanted to be an officer and my wife is an assistant principal and our kids go to school here,” he said. “So when our community comes together and helps us with things like this, it means a whole lot to me personally.”
Sergeant Lester Nece agreed, saying the quilts will help them continue their mission of consoling victims during distress calls.
“This is exactly what we needed,” he said. “A big part of what we do is care for the community and this will add that special touch.”
Cpl. Dominique Moore was also on hand for the presentation. He said he was honored the quilters wanted to do more to support the department.
“This is a really big deal,” he said. “It may seem like a small gesture but it will make a big difference for such a small token. It could make all the difference to a young child.”