More than 100 quilts gathered for Fort McMurray; Avonmore hairdresser cuts cheque for shipping

Quilters and their collected handiwork at the Highland Quilters' Guild meeting in Monkland. Courtesy photo

Nelson Zandbergen
Nation Valley News

MONKLAND — More than 100 locally made quilts have been picked up and sent out west in support of families who lost homes in the Fort McMurray fire.

And — crisis averted — organizers of the local edition of the national quilting drive managed to find someone to cover the cost of shipping all that handiwork from Monkland to Alberta.

“Darlene McGimpsey from Darlene’s hair Design in Avonmore is paying for the shipping of over 100 quilts to Fort McMurray. Yay!” exclaimed organizer Monique Wilson in an email after the final Sept. 26 collection event at the Monkland Community Centre — meeting place for the Highland Quilters Guild.

Wilson, who owns Apple Hill Quilting & Designs, spearheaded the local initiative last spring, after learning of the nation-wide drive to provide quilts as gifts to the families of the Alberta town devastated by massive wildfires earlier this year.  Quilters and quilting guilds from around the region have contributed.

Quilts for Fort McMurray, based in southern Alberta, has been distributing donated quilts — arriving from across the country, continent and the world — to families whose homes were destroyed in the inferno. That effort is set to continue until they’ve collected 88,000 quilts, one for each resident of the city displaced by fire, a co-founder of the initiative told Nation Valley News earlier this year.

From left, Joan Merkley and a quilt she made and contributed to the  local Quilts for Fort McMurray effort, local organizer  Monique Wilson, and shipping sponsor Darlene McGimpsey. Courtesy photo

From left, Joan Merkley and a quilt she made and contributed to the local Quilts for Fort McMurray effort, local organizer Monique Wilson, and shipping sponsor Darlene McGimpsey. Courtesy photo

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