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Dispatchers give warmth to retirement home residents

Thursday, Dec. 27 | By Mark Grandstaff | Google+
Fauquier Dispatcher Tracy Werner gives a handmade lap blanket to Suffield Meadows resident Marty Taylor. - Photo by Mark Grandstaff
On the Friday before Christmas, Fauquier dispatchers gave the gift of warmth to the residents of a nearby retirement community.

Throughout the year, the county's dispatchers have knitted several lap blankets in their free time or in the periods of low activity on night shift, said assistant dispatch supervisor Cynthia Foster. With donations from volunteers from Warrenton United Methodist Church, Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church in Sperryville, WPRZ Praise Radio, Fairlea Farm, Three Trees Design and dispatchers from neighboring counties, Fauquier's dispatchers amassed about 70 blankets to give to residents of The Villa at Suffield Meadows.

Foster, her children Tommy and Lizzie, fellow Fauquier dispatcher Tracy Werner and Fairfax dispatcher Christie Sosna knocked on doors in the retirement home, giving the blankets away to men and women who were often surprised to receive the gifts.

"You're a very outstanding group," said resident Ruby Bowen, after receiving her lap blanket. "Every time I use it I'll think of you."

The dispatchers make and distribute blankets every year, but it's the reactions from the recipients that make it worthwhile, Foster said.

"I love their faces," she said. "That's the best part."
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