The people most affected by domestic violence are often children. When police are called and forced to remove children from a violent home, they are placed with Child Protective Services, relatives or in foster care.
To make this transition a little easier, police give children a handmade quilt and stuffed animal from the Payson Womans Club.
On Nov. 13, the Womans Club presented the Payson Police Department with several quilts and fleece blankets, which are also given to victims of car accidents.
Womans Club member Lois Brice said she enjoys making the quilts because she knows they are going to comfort children going through some type of trauma.
It costs her $15 and about a month to make each quilt.
Sarah Luckie, club president, said giving quilts is just one way the Womans Club gives back to the community.
Members are currently collecting cans for the food bank and already took over “a great big bunch of food earlier,” Luckie said.
They are also planning to donate $300 worth of turkeys, start an angel tree program for Christmas and several members are constructing lap blankets for nursing home residents.
“We try to help the community as much as we can,” Luckie said.
The club also owns and maintains the Payson Pioneer Cemetery. They offer an “adopt-a-grave” program where anyone can choose a grave to maintain.
All of this volunteer work is part of the club’s requirement to keep its nonprofit standing.