HALIFAX – Up to 200 infants in Nunavut may be sleeping more snugly this winter thanks to the efforts of parishioners at St. John’s Anglican Church in Wolfville, N.S.
As part of the church’s 200th anniversary, celebrated through 2018, parishioners decided in mid-March to create 200 baby quilts to send to families in Nunavut by the following winter. All 200 were completed that fall, and on Nov. 24, the quilts were displayed at an annual coffee party given by the church’s Anglican Church Women, blessed and packaged. As of press time, organizers were hoping to get all the quilts to Nunavut early in the new year.
The idea of creating quilts to send north arose partly from a 2016 talk on some of the needs of northern families given by parishioner Beverly McKee, who had spent more than 25 years as a health care worker in the north. One church member recalled Ms. McKee saying some Nunavut families don’t have a warm blanket in which to wrap their newborn babies. The project was organized by parishioner and avid quilter Elizabeth Biggs. In the end, more than 40 people took part, including members of Ms. Biggs’s quilting club.
The Diocesan Times