‘Komforting Kits’ Delivered to Los Alamos Police

Cecilia Dimpfal presents Ofc. Ben Irving with a Komfort Kit this morning at police headquarters in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com
From left, Dee Sherlock, president, Laureate Rho Chapter, Pat Cruz, Cecilia Dimpfal and Ofc. Ben Irving. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com
The second delivery of “komforting kits” was presented to the Los Alamos Police Department this morning. “Komfort for Kids” is providing each local police vehicle with a child’s backpack and one quilt for a police officer to give to a child or children in the case of a situation involving child abuse or an emergency upon the scene. The first kits were delivered Feb. 7 and the total with today’s delvery is 45.

This program started out as a service project initiated by Cecilia Dimpfel, a local resident of Los Alamos who has a background of working with abused children. She is a member of an International Organization, Beta Sigma Phi (BSP), a social/service organization. Of the five Chapters in Los Alamos, Dimpfel belongs to Laureate Rho and offered up this program as a service project within her Chapter for Los Alamos.

Dimpfel met with Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, who is very pleased with the project and gives his support, she said. He agreed that each Los Alamos police vehicle will be provided with a backpack containing snacks, water, a coloring book, a stuffed animal and a blanket, quilt, or an afghan to be given out when officers see the need.

The hope is that the backpacks and quilts will be replenished throughout the year by generous community members. Besides the Laureate Rho Chapter, other community organizations, Los Alamos Piecemakers Quilt Guild, RSVP Senior Quilters, Los Alamos Church of Christ Quilting Guild and Warm Hearts Yarn have already donated to this project.

As the Komforting Kits are given away, the kits will need to be replaced. Blankets can be quilted, crocheted, or knitted. Donations of small backpacks, their contents, and blankets/quilts can be dropped off at two local churches, one in Los Alamos and one in White Rock. Dimpfel will organize the contents and distribute them to the Los Alamos Police Department.

For questions or drop off locations, write to komfortforkids@gmail.com.