Le Mars, Iowa — The Beta Sigma Phi sorority in Le Mars recently made a donation of fleece blankets to the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department.
Karol Holton, Beth Tanhoff and Roxie Anderson who are members sorority presented the fleece blankets to Sheriff Jeff TeBrink and Deputy Scott Dorhout.
The sorority also made a $100 donation to the Sheriff’s Department’s D.A.R.E. program.
“The 24 blankets were made during a social gathering,” Holton said.
“We felt they could use the blankets when they have a call that a child needs to be comforted in some way,” Holton explained. “They are very colorful. We tried to have boy ones and girl ones.”
Holton added the sheriff’s department welcomed such a donation.
The sorority also made a fleece blanket donation to a local national guard unit was deployed a few years ago
We had this material and we thought we should put it to good use,” Holton added.
TeBrink said the department appreciates the donation.
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“What’s nice about this size, is that with all the equipment that we carry in our cars, we don’t have room for a lot of extra stuff. These nice small blankets, we can roll them up and put them in a plastic bag and have them available in trunk,” TeBrink explained.
“What we do with them, for example, a domestic dispute where we have to arrest mom or dad, that’s usually pretty traumatic for a kid to see their parent taken away to jail. We’ll try to comfort them with a blanket. We’ve done the stuffed toys in the past, too,” he added.
“They also work in car accidents, where mom is injured and has to be taken to the hospital and the child is obviously upset, we can comfort them with a blanket. A lot of times it helps them quite a bit,” he added.
Holton expressed her gratitude for the sheriff’s department and their existence in the county.
“We need you in the community,” Holton said.
The Beta Sigma Phi organizes about five service projects each year and they regularly hold a couple rummage sales each year using the proceeds to fund their service projects.
“If you have a need, ask us because we like to put it back into the community,” said Holton.
According to TeBrink, the department’s D.A.R.E. program has been postponed for the past year, due to COVID-19.
“We have a new deputy that was wanting to take the lead on it, so in April we will be sending him to the D.A.R.E. school, a two-week course,” TeBrink said. The two have visited with principals and fifth grade teachers at Akron-Westfield, Remsen St. Mary’s, MMCRU at Remsen and Hinton School.
“They’ve all agreed that they want the D.A.R.E. program back,” TeBrink added.
Holton said Beta Sigma Phi has also made donations to the Wet Nose Rescue, Plymouth County Historical Museum, the Le Mars Arts Center, a program at the Safe Place and to a new organization, The Last Gift.
“We have been very busy,” Holton said.