Once summer is gone and those chilly, frosty nights return this fall, residents of CASA House can rest assured they’ll be warm and snuggly under their newly made quilted blankets.
Thanks to volunteers from the Sherwood Park Quilters Guild, roughly 60 new handmade quilts were delivered to CASA House Program Manager Janet Cathro at the Robin Hood Association Learning Centre in mid-June.
“Our charity committee members choose which organization to donate to each year, and what we want to donate,” says Monica Phillips-Beck, a committee member.
“Then last September we put it to the Guild and the members agreed we’d donate our quilts to CASA House, so we’ve been working on these quilts since October. Most of our members have done something, making either quilts or squares for them.”
The Guild was established in 2001 and currently has about 65 members, says President Lorna Themelis.
From left: Sherwood Park Quilters Guild President Lorna Themelis, Janet Cathro, and Monica Phillips-Beck
“In the past we’ve given quilts to the Zebra Child Protection Centre and Bags of Love. Another year we gave them to firefighters so they could hand them out to kids who have been rescued from burnt out homes. It gives our members a lot of satisfaction knowing we’re helping kids in need.”