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Girl Scouts make, donate blankets for local cruisers

November 04, 2011
  • Washington County Sheriff Douglas Mullendore receives blankets made by members of Girl Scout Troop No. 40733 members Sierra Wesmiller, Sarah Stone and Ashley Wilbraham.
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The Washington County Sheriff's Office was selected by the Girl Scout Council of Nation's Capital, Troop No. 40733, to receive 95 hand-made blankets, which will be carried by patrol deputies for use and distribution during times of crisis.

These blankets are primarily intended for use as a comfort aid to children involved in domestic violence incidents, vehicle accidents or other traumatic events. They may also be useful when dealing with vulnerable adults, such as people with Alzheimer's and dementia, who require police assistance.

Every blanket is handmade by the girls and come in an array of colors and patterns. In September, Washington County Sheriff Douglas Mullendore was presented with 30 blankets. The remainder will be delivered in two more batches by the end of 2011.

The girls estimate their total work time to be in excess of 60 hours when the last blanket is completed.

This project will also serve as part of their advancement requirement toward their Silver Award, which is the highest award a Cadet Girl Scout can receive.

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