It was an ambulance ride to the hospital after a fall 10 years ago that inspired Lauren Kermode, owner of My Favorite Quilt Shop on Route 40, to donate quilts to emergency medical service providers.

"I wanted to do something local; I wanted to do something where I could put quilts made by local people in the hands of local people to comfort them," Kermode said.

She donated 10 quilts, made by customers and employees of her shop, to the Chesapeake City Emergency Medical Service team on Friday. The quilts will be used to warm patients, especially children, who require emergency ambulance care.

"(The quilts are for) really anybody that they feel needs a little bit of extra comfort on the ride," she said.

Kermode, a Realtor for Long & Foster in Elkton and a resident of Chesapeake City, said she plans to donate quilts to other EMS groups throughout Cecil County.

"I love the whole county and plan to cover the whole county with quilts if we can," she said.

Employees and customers of My Favorite Quilt Shop, a store that carries quilt-making supplies and offers classes, made the quilts.

Kermode said she and her fellow quilters have already begun to make quilts for the next round of donations. They will select the EMS recipient at random, she said.

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