88-year-old man makes blankets for children’s hospital, in honor of his late wife’s memory

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88-year-old man makes blankets for underprivileged children, in honor of his late wife’s memory – Source: Zionsville Indiana Police Department

Clayton Shelburne, 88, from Zionsville, Indiana, honors his wife’s memory by making blankets for children in need. “My time is nothing,” says Shelburne.

Clayton Shelburne and his wife of 66 years, Delores, used to spend a few pleasant hours a week making colorful blankets for a local camping club.

After Delores passed away, Mr. Shelburne has taken it upon himself to carry on with their lovely project.

The 88-year-old admits he was “never the seamstress” in the whole operation. Nevertheless, he wanted to make his late wife proud, so he picked up the scissors and thread and kept their little blanket project alive.

“I just felt there was a need,” Clayton Shelburne said.

After hearing a story about a man who had to leave his son on the side of the road while he walked to get help with a breakdown, Mr. Shelburne turned his efforts to the local police.

He has donated 35 handmade blankets, more than enough to outfit every car in the Zionsville Police Department and the Boone County Sheriff’s Office.

“The Boone County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Mr. Clayton Shelburne for making and donating over 35 blankets for our deputies. These blankets have been given to them, to use in case someone needs the extra warmth from the weather or comfort from an accident. We can’t thank Mr. Shelburne enough for his generosity towards the people of Boone County,” representatives for the Boone County Sheriff’s Office said.

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Man makes blankets for local police department and children’s hospital – Source: Boone County Indiana Sheriff’s Office

“The blankets will come in real handy when you wrap them around somebody in need,” Sgt. Adrian Martin of the Zionsville Police Department added.

Now that he has managed to equip every car in the police and sheriff’s departments with his carefully crafted blankets, Clayton Shelburne put his scissors to work for the local children’s hospital. Hossain Marandi, the president of the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital, couldn’t be more grateful for Shelburne’s thoughtful donations.

“This donation is perfect for all ages and provides comfort to many of our patients when they are getting ready for a serious procedure or surgery. The fun fabrics and soft material can also make the hospital seem less scary for some of the younger children,” Marandi said.


Mr. Shelburne’s family and friends often donate to the cause, by providing much needed materials.

“My time is nothing,” Shelburne said. “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.”

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