The thought of others’ excitement and thankfulness is what keeps the volunteers for the Share the Warmth project coming back every year.
This year marks number 15 for the project that sees handmade quilts make their way to those who are struggling with tough times.
“It’s my joy,” said Margaret Greenlaw, who has been participating for 14 years.
Greenlaw was just learning how to quilt when she heard about the project and decided to join. Since then, she has grown to love all aspects of the event – from socializing to giving back.
“Just the fun of it and to know that someone’s going to have a warm blanket at the end of the day,” she said of the joy she gets in participating.
Greenlaw mentioned that this year organizers would likely keep on par with last year’s total number of quilts completed by the end of the event.
For those who have not heard of the event, Share the Warmth brings together quilters and those of all skill sets – whether they can sew or not – to create handmade quilts for Tearmann House, Roots for Youth house as well as the Kinettes Christmas program and the Life Shelter in New Glasgow. Each year, they use space provided by Atlantic Fabrics on East River Road to assemble and collect the quilts and are always looking for fabric donations and anyone, whether they can sew or not, to help out.
Greenlaw said she hopes the recipients “just enjoy them and (the quilts) keep them warm.”
Volunteers with the Share the Warmth project work on one of the quilts that will go to an individual or family that are going through a tough time. From the left are: Margaret Greenlaw, Rebecca Goodwin and Ardith Cameron. (Brimicombe photo)