The Ripper Quilt Club members care about their community, and they show that through generously volunteering their time to make blankets, which are then given to local groups. Counted among those recipients are first responders.
Both the Ontario Police and Fire departments were recently gifted 20 fleece blankets, each, to be used in the field.
The departments will keep their blankets in their respective vehicles and will give them out as needed in the field, according to Ontario Police Chief Cal Kunz, who expressed his gratitude.
“They donated their time and effort to do that,” he said. “It’s fantastic to have those kind of things in patrol cars.”
As officers come across various scenes, they can give the blankets to a child to provide them comfort.
The police and fire departments often respond to incidents together, and first responders are willing to share them am...
Mondays through Thursdays are regular production days for a special quilting group operating out of the basement of Payette’s historic St. James Episcopal Church.
Many of the quilters’ numerous donations help to provide warmth and comfort to people at moments when they are especially vulnerable — such as when they’ve just been involved in a motor vehicle accident. The recipient could also be a child arriving with her mom at a domestic violence shelter without any of her possessions from home.
The Ripper Quilt Club, which was started in 2012, traces its ancestry to about a dozen years earlier, when co-founder Richell Kekelis was owner and operator of a quilting shop in Baker City.
One day, Kekelis’ then-school-age grandchildren came to her with a plaintive, urgent request: make some warm garments for an impoverished family the grandkids had been observing walking to school withou...