There were 3355 days between our first and last delivery to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. Over the course of 10 years we had 21 different quilters plus an additional 20 sponsors (those who purchased a kit to be quilted for them) making quilts for Canuck Place. Each year we were greeted with heart felt thanks for delivering these special quilts to the House.
D/T Covid-19 we met Luigi outside in the gardens. Most of the staff doing office work, fundraising and community connections are working offsite. Covid-19 has affected so much of the day to day operations. The hospice would normally host as many family & friends as needed for End of Life Care. That has changed. Now only the parents are inside. Others can meet in the covered area outside and utilize the gardens and fountain. Luigi told us that this year they are thinking about sending care packages, including our quilts, to those unable to utilize the medical respite because of restrictions.
I made photobooks covering our 10 year journey making and delivering these quilts. They will be added to the Canuck Place library. From the photos Luigi says he recognizes some of these quilts that are used in the Hospice. He says they make the rooms seem like going for a visit to grandmother’s home. He also told us how precious & appreciated these quilts are to the grieving families by being able to keep a quilt that wrapped up their child. There are many things that are offered to Canuck Place but these #IBelieveInBlue quilts were not only anticipated each year but had risen to “legacy” status. That’s what Luigi told us when looking through this last batch. When we looked at him he said, “Ten years, that’s a legacy!” #LoveHowYouGive
Joan & I left there knowing we will, in some way, continue to support Canuck Place children & families. #WeLoveWhatWeDo
To all those quilters and sponsors, cheers to “Ten years & a Legacy!”
Happy Quilting…Valerie Raye