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Castle Quilters gift quilt to Rochester Police Department

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX47) -- In honor of Law Enforcement Appreciation Day this past weekend, the Castle Quilters at 125 Live donated a quilt to the Rochester Police Department on Monday.

The Castle Quilters have been around since 1997 and are a tightly knit group. Throughout the year, they donate their time making quilts and other items. They donate them to children in the hospital and non-profit organizations.

Coordinator Mary Hanson said group members donated more than 9,100 hours in 2020. She said the women she works beside are special.

"They are angels. They are all my sisters," Hanson said. "We have teachers. We have nurses. We have people who worked in the commercial industry. So we have them from all walks of life who come and find a second home here at 125."

Rochester Police Chief Jim Franklin and Captain Jeff Stilwell accepted the quilt.

Both men sat down with the quilters to discuss how the pandemic has affected the police department. They said they miss working face-to-face with members of the community.

"It's so nice to see people in person and not in a Zoom meeting," Chief Franklin said. "We hope to get back soon doing things like 'Coffee With a Cop.' We are honored to serve such a great community."

The quilt will be hung at the north police station.

Megan Zemple

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