Pillowcase Packages Delivery

Merrimack's Chief of Police Denise Roy (second from left) accepts 20 new pillowcase/stuffed animal packages from Amherst Lions President Brian McGuigan (left), Dec 1. The Lions, in collaboration with the NSB fiber artists and Quilting A-Way Quilt Store customers, sew the specially constructed, child-themed pillowcases for children in crisis and provide a small stuffed animal in each package. "We wanted to provide something that is not only practical but fun," said McGuigan,  "We hope to ease the confusion and stress of what is probably a difficult time for our youngest citizens. For example, they might be used to distract a small child involved in a vehicle accident and they also has something to store their items in while waiting for their parents."

The Merrimack Police department test ran the program earlier this spring and decided they wanted a pair for each patrol car. In its second year, the Lions have provided more than 300 pillowcase packages to local charities, including Bridges, Anne-Marie House, Backpacks for Teens, and the Amherst, Merrimack and Nashua Police Departments. Also in the photo is Merrimack Police Department Community Service Officer Robert Kelleher (left) and School Resource Officer Thomas Prentice.


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