Thousands of quilts sewn for High River flood victims
Goal is to make a quilt for every person who lives in the flood-ravaged community
Volunteering for flood victims continues as residents around southern Alberta mop up the mess left behind when floodwaters devastated several communities last month, but it's not all about shovelling mud and gutting basements.
Hundreds of quilts are being made across Alberta for people in High River.
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Organizers have collected donations from across the U.S. and Canada, as well as making hundreds of quilts in Calgary.
Volunteer Anne Dale says the effort started before the waters even receded.
"They started quilting while the city was flooding, while High River was flooding, they were already making quilts to give away to the people affected," she said.
The initial goal was to provide every child in High River with a quilt, but now the target is to have one quilt for each of the roughly 13,000 people who live there. Dale says the goal is to have flood victims know there is someone out there aware of their struggles.
"There are people who are worried about them, who are thinking about them, who feel for them desperately," she said. "Some of our ladies, they're not fit and healthy to go slog mud, but they know how to sew and they know how to quilt."