AQS recently received this heartfelt e-mail:
Hello. My name is Chip Bradway. I am writing on behalf of my mother Sheri. I am inquiring about finding volunteers to help on a project of ours. In 2013, my brother, Rod Bradway, was a policeman who was killed in the line of duty while responding to a domestic violence call. Once at the apartment, he heard a woman screaming for help. After forcing his way into the apartment, he was fatally wounded while saving a woman and her 10-month old baby from her attacker.
As part of my mother’s coping with his death, she began to make a commemorative quilt in his honor. This spawned her idea for a “Quilt for Mother’s Tears” project. The goal of this is to provide the mothers of every officer killed in the line of duty with a special memorial quilt. It is my mother’s way of letting them know that they are not alone in this. Every year there are about 120 officers killed in the line of duty. For more information, please visit www.aquiltformotherstears.org.
We are looking for volunteers to be able to help finish the quilts.
Any help would be appreciated on this important project.
Sheri Bradway’s local quilt guild in Nappanee, Indiana, is making the kits for the project. They will coordinate with individuals who are interested in helping to either sew the quilt tops or to quilt the quilts. The kits will be forwarded at no cost to the volunteers. When completed, approximately 120 quilts will be presented to mothers of fallen officers at National Police Week held in May 2015 in Washington, DC.
Further information is available at A Quilt for Mother’s Tears website, including contact information for your questions, volunteer registration, and an address for tax-deductible donations of any size. (Lack the time or talent to quilt? You can sponsor an entire quilt for $125.)
Comfort. As quilters, it’s what we do best. What a wonderful opportunity to share quilted love!