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Quilting friends provide warmth to Habitat homeowners

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Co-author: Angela Daley, Manager, Volunteer Engagement

A group of quilting friends get together to make quilts and give them to the premature babies at McMaster Children’s Hospital, however with COVID-19 health measures, they were unable to donate them to the hospital – but that didn’t stop this group of quilters.

They had several quilts they were working on and thought it might be a nice gesture to donate them to local families in our community.

One of the quilters was a relative of Debi Vanderzaanden, a Habitat Niagara construction volunteer, and she heard about the two families who had recently moved into their Habitat homes in the fall of 2021.

"When we heard about the Habitat families moving into their homes, we thought it would be so nice to be able to donate these quilts to them," said one of the quilters. “We hope they enjoy the warmth of the quilts as much as we enjoyed creating them."

One of those families was Steve and his four children who recently moved into their home on David St. in Welland. The other family was Chantel with her two daughters who moved into their home in Port Colborne. In total, six beautiful handmade quilts were given to the families, one for each child.

“The children were so thankful for the lovely quilts,” said new homeowner Steve. “The kind and caring gifts will provide warmth and will build new memories in our home."