Members of the Dallas, Fort Worth and McKinney Modern Quilt Guild chapters offered DART Police officers and victims of the July 7 shooting in Dallas coverings of love and support Thursday afternoon at DART Police Headquarters.
The three guilds presented DART Police Chief, James D. Spiller, DART officers Misty McBride and Jesus “Jesse” Retana and the family of fallen DART officer Brent Thompson with hand-made quilts adorned in blue hearts.
“On behalf of all the men and women at the police department, I really want to say thank you,” Spiller said.
A day after the deadly attack in Dallas, the three Modern Quilt Guild chapters created #Quiltsforpeace, an initiative aimed to cover victims of hate with peace, love and healing.
“When quilters’ hearts hurt, we make quilts,” their mission statement reads. #Quiltsforpeace used the power of Instagram to rally quilters from Wales, Brazil, Australia and around the world to create heart blocks, quilt tops, completed quilts and to donate monetary support to victims in Dallas, Baton Rouge and San Diego.
To date, the initiative has collected and completed more than 100 quilts and plans to continue sending quilts to families of those killed or injured by senseless hate crimes.
“It is our hope that the new owners of their quilts will know that they are loved,” said Lee Jenkins, president of the Dallas Modern Quilt Guild. “There is just something extra special about curling up in your own quilt. It’s almost like you are being hugged.”