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Handmade Hugs Society

Cowichan Valley

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News

Mid-Summer 2012

Posted by handmadehugs on August 1, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Hello Again! As I write this the sun is up and it looks like we're headed for another beautiful summer's day. It took a very long time for summer to finally arrive, but it's making up for those late cold and rainy days now!

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In my last entry for May, we had just held our Garage Sale and done very well. We had a few items left from that sale and received more so we held another GS in both June and July. All told, we raised enough to get us right through to our Annual Hug-A-Thon in February, which is absolutely fantastic! We no longer have to worry about coming up with funds to buy whatever fabrics and/or yarns and/or notions we might need to fulfill our commitments. Thank you to our volunteers who did such a great job looking after all the details of holding three garage sales in three months!

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In June, we participated in the Lake Cowichan Information Expo which was a forum for local home-based businesses to present their information and/or wares to the community. Although we're not "home-based" in the traditional sense, we are community based and this is why we were invited. A display was set up which included samples of the items we provide the hospital and the care facilities as well as our information pamphlet and our rack cards (which list the donations we require plus the cutting/sewing/stitching/finished sizes for our projects). As it was a display and not a manned booth, we were not present to gauge the response; however, the co-ordinator of the event said that there was a great deal of interest in our presentation. Based on the numbers of pamphlets and rack cards that went out, I would say she was right!

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June also saw our first donated raffle quilt go out to the public. The Stroke Recovery Group asked us to donate a quilt suitable for picnicking on; you can see the results in our Photo Gallery. Our volunteers once again made an attractive -- but tough -- quilt from bluejean squares and outdoor upholstery fabric. We thought it was great and so did the Stroke Recovery group and the winner was thrilled! It's all good.

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July was busy too. We had received a large donation a few weeks previously which had to be processed and then we needed to get ready for the Heritage Quilters cutting day. Duncan's Heritage Quilters group volunteered their services in any way we felt would be the most beneficial (Bless them!) to us; we chose cutting out projects which could then be distributed to other volunteers to sew or which could be sewn at the September mini-Hug-A-Thon. Our clients had requested two new items from us this year, pyjama pants and pillowcases so that's what these wonderful ladies cut for us. (Check out the pictures in the Photo Gallery.) And cut they did! And they sewed too! Seventy-five pillowcases went home to be sewn and another twenty-something were cut, ready for kits, plus, about 30 pyjama pants went home and an additional twenty-something were cut, ready for kits. What a day! Thanks to all those wonderful, generous women, we're well on our way to meeting our requirements for both these projects.

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That's pretty much all for now....no, wait a minute....that's not all....In two days we will meet with a small group and spend the day making Pet Beds. Yup, that's right, Pet Beds. As a bi-product of our sewing, we collects TONS of scraps which we didn't want to just throw away and so we developed Pet Beds, a small rectangular pillow-bed that fits the cages and carriers that the SPCA, the two local cat rescue groups, and the animal shelter all use for their small animal needs. We make a cover of something rugged (like denim or upholstery fabrics) and then stuff 'em with the chopped up scraps, add a few sewing tacks to hold everything in place and, voila!, a Pet Bed. All of the groups have been very grateful to receive these beds and every animal recipient gets to take their bed with them to their new adoptive home. It's a win-win for everyone -- we get to use our scraps instead of sending them to the landfill, the organizations get to provide a clean and cozy bed for their charges and the animals get a comfortable security spot that they recognize as their own 'safe place' when they go to their new homes. Can't get much better than that.

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Until next time, remember....

Helping in any way goes a long way.

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