INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (October 2, 2015) - Handmade quilts have provided comfort to the families of fallen officers all over the country. Sheri Bradway began making the quilts after she lost her son IMPD Officer Rod Bradway in the line of duty. Her project called 'A Quilt for Mother's Tears' is hosting its first fundraiser on Saturday, October 2.
"It's a way to keep not only Rod's memory alive but their sons and daughters alive," said Bradway.
A network of quilters help her piece and sew each one. The quilts are personalized with the officer's name, picture and department patch.
After her son was killed, Bradway's quilting hobby became her therapy. She hopes the quilts will provide grieving mothers comfort during an extremely difficult time. The organization has a mission to make sure the families of fallen officers are not forgotten.
"And it's important to keep that going for them to know that they're not forgotten and that somebody else feels what they're feeling so that's important to keep it going and it's a token of love and comfort," said Bradway.
In May FOX59's Liz Gelardi met up with Bradway in Washington, D.C. during National Police Week. A Quilt for Mother's Tears passed out 61 quilts during that time. It was very emotional as Bradway personally delivered the special gifts and shared tearful conversations with other mothers who lost a son or daughter.
She wants to keep the project going to carry on her son's memory. Unfortunately, more families are experiencing the same loss Bradway felt two years ago.
"Our family has grown by 98 more families so to keep this going we need funding, donations," said Bradway.
The auction is being help at Amish Acres in Officer Bradway's hometown of Nappanee. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. for a preview and registration. The auction runs from 10:00 a.m. through 12:00 p.m. Quilts and other items will be available for auction.
It costs $125 to sponsor a quilt for the family of a fallen officer. Donations can be also be made online.