Beginning in 2012, the Chestermere Whitecappers Quilters has been dedicated to creating through the use of some fine skills, quilts and knitted items for the purpose of donating the finished items to individuals and groups in need in Chestermere and the surrounding area. With some initial grant money, new sewing machines were purchased to help the club get into its stitches. Aside from the creative works, the members of the Quilters share discussions on issues of the day which can most certainly be interesting. The club provides a wonderful venue to socialize and to express ideas while in between projects. New members are most welcome. An interest is what you need to bring. Carol, Lorraine, Susie, Gail, Bonna and Sheron are willing of course, to teach you the skills to create your contributions. If you have an interest in joining a new group in Chestermere, have time to contribute your effort, and enjoy getting to know other members of the community, the Whitecappers Quilters may be the venue for you. The Quilters meets Thursday mornings at 9:30 and usually continues until noon. Feel free to to drop in, meet the group and get started on a new life journey.
After reviewing the collection of highly organized binders assembled each year, by Carol Gardner, Quilter historian, the beneficiaries of the creations by the Quilters are many. Chestermere is a focus for donating by the Quilters, but other organizations and groups are included. Here is a list of the recipients of donations made by the club in 2017 and 2018:
Prince of Peace
Sheriff King Womens' Shelter
Colonel Belcher Seniors Residences
Chestermere Community Services
Chestermere Christmas with Dignity
Forest Lawn Seniors Home
Calgary Drop In Centre
Chestermere Food Bank
Ronald McDonald House
Chestermere Baby Essentials
Unwed Mothers Group
Individual Community Members
In the spirit of passing care, compassion and good will to the community, the Quilters group has much of which to be proud.
Although the club receives financial grants from time to time, the actual materials used to make the socks, slippers and quilts are donated to the Whitecappers Quilters. Group members take care in employing as many of the donations into the design and final products as possible. In short, they are always seeking donations connected to their art. Specifically items such as yarn (wool) and other left over materials from home projects as examples are gladly accepted. The Quilters appreciate your generosity in helping them reach a key goal of the group - to bring warmth, compassion and caring to others in need in the community.
Donations can be dropped off Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the main office between 9:30 and noon as well as Thursday mornings from 9:30 through to 12:30, when the Quilters are in action.