Handmade Hugs Society
Cowichan Valley



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Posted by handmadehugs on November 25, 2017 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Our amazing volunteers keep a steady flow of finished inventory coming in and thankfully, with our new space, we have the room to keep it all organized.

The pictures below show the storage shelves just after we moved in (left) and the results of our labours so far this year (right).


Posted by handmadehugs on November 25, 2017 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

September is a transition month where we move from the quiet of summer holidays to the increasingly busy time leading up to our busiest season and biggest event, WINTER WOLLIIES DISTRIBUTION. We have nine weeks to prepare and over those nine weeks, we’re going to both share our accomplishments and ask for your assistance. For day-to-day updates, please check in with our Facebook page. We'll post the headlines here and will have a rundown of all the events in December. We're out to break last year's totals; let's see how close we come!

Below is our "temperature check" -- we're lookin' for Nothin' but Red!!


Posted by handmadehugs on November 25, 2017 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

We're done! We're done! WE'RE DONE!

With a lot of help, we were moved in less than two hours! There's the unpacking to do but that's for another day!

Thank you one and all for an amazing day!


Moving Day!

Posted by handmadehugs on November 25, 2017 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Moving Day! Moving our totes from storage to our new location. Meet at the clubhouse, go to the storage location, load up, return to the clubhouse. Shouldn't take more than two round trips with two vehicles. We're expecting to start at 9:00 and be done by noon.


The Great Bucket Brigade

Posted by handmadehugs on November 25, 2017 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

So....the cleaning is finished and the primping has begun. Moving day is officially next Thurs (Aug 24th). If you've got a little muscle power you don't mind offering up, join our jolly team of movers. It shouldn't take more than a couple of hours to pack up our totes and take them to the site and maybe another two to put it all away. Watch here for more details. We'll post pictures as we go along. The excitement continues! Stay tuned!


Donation Received

Posted by handmadehugs on November 25, 2017 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

One of our members, Linda Kemp, entered a "lead well" draw at her workplace. It is to recognize employees who volunteer in their communities. Linda won the draw and named Handmade Hugs Society as her "charity of choice". She was awarded and in turn awarded Hugs a cheque for $500! Thank you, Linda, for your generous donation and the just as important donation of your time. Both are very appreciated!

In the photo, (L-R) members Ingrid Ball, SandiLea Gibson, Monique Lapointe, Fran Whitfield and Linda Kemp admiring the cheque at today's Great Bucket Brigade.


Posted by handmadehugs on August 19, 2017 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Handmade Hugs Society has had some GREAT NEWS! We have a new home for the next year, a space where we can meet and work and store our supplies too! We are soooo excited! Stay tuned for more info as it becomes available but if you'd like to get in on the excitement early, we're having a work bee to clean and set up the space on the mornings of Aug 14,15, 16 (Mon/Tues/Wed) from 8 AM to Noon. Drop in anytime and lend a little elbow grease -- it will be MOST appreciated. Please bring your own bucket o' stuff (rags, rubber gloves, etc) as we don't have enough for everyone; we'll supply the beverages. The address is 2008 University Way -- look for our signs, we'll be easy to spot.

APR / MAY / JUN 2017

Posted by handmadehugs on August 19, 2017 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Our 7th annual Hug-A-Thon was held April 8th and has been deemed a success by all. We had approximately 40 people come to volunteer as well as a few Lookie-Lous. But as much as what we do is based on our willing volunteers AT the Hug-A-Thon, this year in particular proved that we also have amazing, dedicated volunteers behind the scenes as well. Spouses, family members and friends all worked to make our event a success. We had a few too many injuries for my liking (a couple of wounded shoulders, a couple of strained backs, a few mashed fingers, lots of sore feet and legs) but my point is, everyone worked together for a common goal and the goal was to help Handmade Hugs help others.

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Along with what was going on at Mellor Hall, we collectively moved out of our Lake Cowichan storage units and into the new downtown Duncan storage location. Aside from the obvious trucking of inventory, there were shelves to be dismantled and removed, stairs to be schlepped up and down and up and down, inventory to be sorted, and on and on and on.

But we’re moved in so one hurdle done. Now we can focus on the present; we’ve plans to make for this year, goals to reach for this year and expectations to exceed for this year, so let’s get started.

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With one meeting left before our official summer holiday time, it seems the Spring has just flown by. May was a little hectic and the first part of June will be busy as well but then we don’t meet again until September 9th; it seems a long way away but I assure you, it’s not. I encourage you to take a break from anything to do with Hugs. Of course, I won’t ask you to stop things that you love to do, like stitching or sewing, but I am suggesting that anything that even vaguely resembles a chore be put away until September. We all work very hard for Hugs and, just as with any wearying task, we’ve earned and need our rest.

However….we have one more Group Hug, Sat. June 3rd, before the break so we’re going to put the time to good use. So far, our focussed work bees have produced enough quilt tops, pillowcases and kit bags to make it through the year. (You guys are simply amazing!) So this work bee our sewing crew will be focussing on cutting and ‘kitting’ the rest of our needed pajama bottoms and our stitchers will continue creating slippers and mitts kits so we’re ready for the sewing and stitching marathon that always happens in the Fall.

If you need supplies, please stop by to pick up what you need or email your requirements so we can make arrangements to get it to you.

JAN / FEB / MAR 2017

Posted by handmadehugs on August 19, 2017 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

We had a very successful AGM and now have a new Board of Directors. They are:

  • Co-Presidents Julie McClure & SandiLea Gibson
  • Treasurer Tracy Clements
  • Secretary Not Yet Decided
  • Exec Director Monique Lapointe
  • Exec Director Fran Whitfield
  • Exec Director Cathy Schmidt
  • Director Ingrid Ball
  • Director Helen Lainchbury
  • Director Wendy Fielding
  • Alt Director Linda Kemp

Thank you to all who came forward for nomination; I’m confident you will enjoy your term.

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This is a new year in many, many ways. It’s not only new in the obvious ways (like dates and emptied inventory bins) but in other, less obvious ways. For example,

  • for the first time ever, we had enough nominees for the AGM to fill our Board at the first meeting of the year and the majority of those new Board members are new (or almost new) to Handmade Hugs in general.
  • We have a new Board configuration with the new Co-Presidency.
  • We’re in the process of moving to a new storage facility, leaving the space we’ve had since we first grew to the size where we needed extra space.
  • We decided last year that we were going to focus on strip quilts but this is the first year where the ONLY quilts we will be prepping and sewing are strip quilts.
  • This is the first time we won’t have to purchase more of either fabrics or yarns in preparation for the Hug-A-Thon

I’m sure there are many more firsts in store for us but you get the idea!

The other first that presents itself is the number of first-time recipients we have for our Hugs items. Our distribution numbers show that the need is increasing by significant amounts every year. Historically, we’ve hit quantity “firsts” every single year that we’ve done our Winter Woollies disbursement.

Following that example, we can expect that this year will be another “new” and higher disbursement total. We will need to use all of our new resources to introduce Handmade Hugs to new people and places. We will need to expect the unexpected as far as production and distribution by increasing our volunteer numbers and our production numbers in order to be prepared for the almost-assured increase in clients.

To that end, let’s make the up-coming Hug-A-Thon the biggest and best ever!


Posted by handmadehugs on February 11, 2017 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)