HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — They’re normally the hidden heroes who answer emergency calls, but on Christmas Eve they were Santa’s helpers.
Dispatchers from Hampton’s Public Safety Communications Center delivered handmade quilts to seniors at the Devonshire Assisted Living Facility.
“We always get calls from the assisted living homes so I figured why not make them blankets that they can carry around,” said Kimberly Meyer, Hampton’s nightshift dispatch supervisor.
Meyer says the dispatch crew, which is made up of about 10 people, began raising money and contributing their own to buy fabric back in September.
They were able to make a unique quilt for every senior at the facility — which was a feat that cost $1,300 and countless hours of fabric tying and cutting.
“We worked on them in between calls, on our lunch break, taking a bathroom break. Whenever we had a moment. Take some home, work on them there, and then come on back,” Meyer explained.
The seniors will tell you every cozy quilt was a wonderful holiday surprise.
“Oh yes, there was a really big surprise. Didn’t expect it at all, especially when we saw all the presents here! Oh so beautiful, and when Santa came in, really shocked. Got a nice hug from him. I really like that,” smiled Sadie Bourne, one of the seniors at the facility.
“It is worth it, because sometimes I think they don’t get as much company as one would hope to get at this stage in life, so it’s letting them know somebody is thinking about them,” Meyer added.
Meyer says they hope to continue making quilts again next holiday season, except for a different facility.
“We put the names of different facilities and drew them out of a hat,” she said. “Devonshire got the first year, so lets see what happens next year.”