West End women’s small gifts provide comfort and hope internationally

Helen Black and Pat MacDougall tie one of the 26 quilts made this year and gifted for humanitarian aid by a group of women from Western Manitoulin to benefit those in need, internationally.

MELDRUM BAY—Again this year, a group of about 40 women from Western Manitoulin have gathered on a regular basis to work and provide their talent and skill to help those in need, internationally.

“Four years ago, the Meldrum Bay United Church began a partnership with the Mennonite Central Committee to prepare items locally to be included in sea containers filled with aid,” said Jan Joyce. “Women from Meldrum Bay, Silver Water and beyond gather twice a month at the Meldrum Bay community hall, giving of their time and talent to sew, string, tie and pack primary care items for international humanitarian aid.”

“This year’s work will be placed in the hands of people in Ukraine, Malawi, and refugee camps in Iran and Jordan,” continued Ms. Joyce. She explained that the group of ladies contributions for 2022 include 200 pieces of infant clothing (nightgowns and handknit hats) 1,200 drawstring bags, each packed with a hand towel, soap, toothbrush nail clippers and a comb, and 26 hand-tied patchwork quilts.

Ms. Joyce stressed, “the community has generously supported the project with monetary donations and in-kind gifts, soap and cotton fabric for quilts and drawstring bags. Every bar of soap was donated by friends and customers of a local businesswoman.”

“We are grateful to our faithful volunteers who joyfully give hours of their time in service to others,” added Ms. Joyce.