HUGS is a guild project that provides handmade quilts created by MCQG members (usually by MANY hands!) for residents living in the Bow Valley who are receiving chemotherapy treatments at the Canmore General Hospital as well as for Guild members who have become seriously ill.
In April 2012 more than a dozen members formed a "working bee group" and contributed by cutting, sewing, quilting and binding. Labels were attached and pictures were taken. Several kits were made available to members who wanted to sew a quilt top. The HUGS project was born.
HUGS quilts typically measure 50 x 70 inches which is large enough to cover patients while in their chemotherapy chairs, with a flannel backing to keep them warm. This project is open to all members of our guild regardless of their level of skill; work bees are often organized to keep up with the demand for these quilts. The guild has an annual budget for this project and members also donate fabric and their time. and flannel for the backing.
A patient, who wishes to receive a HUGS quilt has the opportunity to select a quilt from photographs of available quilts kept in a binder at the Hospital. The selected quilt is delivered to the patient in a matching carrying bag and it is theirs to keep. Since inception hundreds of quilts had been donated.