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Dorothy Ruth and sister Nonie Caudell honored for positive impact on kids facing traumatic events.

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF GRESHAM - Gresham officers spoke highly of Dorothys donations and all the community members who have supported the blanket buddies program. A Gresham woman was honored by the Gresham Police Department for her donations of handcrafted blankets that have been given to local children facing traumatic situations.

Dorothy Ruth and her sister Nonie Caudell have made more than 700 blankets in the past four years, all of which are then kept in the cars of Gresham officers to provide extra care and comfort when needed.

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF GRESHAM - Dorothy was honored by the Gresham Police Department for making and donating hundreds of blankets alongside her sister Nonie. The "blanket buddies" program uses those donations from community members to help build rapport between officers and children, many of whom have just experienced gun fire, domestic violence, home fires, car crashes or the loss of a loved one.

"Typically these are not happy moments in their lives," wrote the Gresham Police Officers Association in an appreciation post to Dorothy. "They always tell us how special it was in that moment to receive a blanket."

"We love Dorothy," the officers association added. "(She) has touched more people's lives than (she'll) ever know."

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