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Indiana man makes blankets for police to give to children

Clayton Shelburne at work.

Clayton Shelburne at work.  (Fox 59)

An 88-year-old Indiana man is helping to keep the children of his community warm, one blanket at a time. 

Clayton Shelburne, 88, has made several dozen blankets, enough to provide one for every patrol car with the Zionsville Police Department and the Boone County Sheriff's Office.

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"I just felt there was a need," Shelburne told Fox 59, adding that he remembered a story about a father leaving his sleeping son in a broken-down car along a highway while the father went to get help.

Shelburne says his wife, Delores, started making blankets with a camping club, which would donate the blankets to different organizations in the area. Clayton joined her and the couple made blankets together for about ten years.

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"She was the seamstress," he told the station. "I was never a seamstress. This is a new ballgame because I was always an outside person.”

Delores Shelburne passed away in May 2015.

"My time is nothing," said Shelburne. "I’m 88 years old, I can do this when it’s raining outside and I enjoy doing it. I’m sure if my wife was here she would be happy I’m doing this too.”

Shelburne decided to make the blankets for police after talking with his son, a Zionsville police officer. Police said the blankets would go a long way.

“We could show up to a crash and the weather could be like it is now where it’s nice and cold and that blanket will come in real handy when you wrap it around somebody in need," Sgt. Adrian Martin of the Zionsville Police Department told Fox 59.

"For an individual, a civilian for that matter, to take it upon themselves to not only to take their time and invest their money and their personal stake into a product or event that benefits any law enforcement agency, particularly Zionsville, we appreciate that.”

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