MORE than 50 handmade quilts were donated to the Salvation Army Invercargill corps by members of the Waikiwi Quilt Circle on Sunday.
Salvation Army Invercargill corps community ministries co-ordinator Brenda King said the
quilts would be used in the emergency accommodation rooms at the corps’ facility at 110 Leven St.
“It’ll be nice in our rooms to have a quilt on the bed and add a bit of a homely touch,” she said.
Some of the quilts would also be passed on to needy families when they moved from the emergency accommodation to more permanent rented accommodation, she said.
“They [the quilts] certainly won’t be sitting around in a cupboard.”
Patchwork and quilting tutor Errolyn Taane said the Waikiwi Quilt Circle chose a charity to
make quilts or other useful handmade fabric items for each year.
The Waikiwi Quilt Circle has about 60 members who take part in various textile classes
which are held five nights a week at Errolyn’s Studio in the Waikiwi Shopping Centre on North Rd.
The group had previously helped dozens of charities, supplying an estimated 250 quilts to organisations such as the Cancer Society, Southland Hospital’s neo-natal ward, Southland’s 1000 Days Trust, Hospice Southland, Invercargill Women’s Refuge, the Starship Children’s Hospital in Auckland and Ronald McDonald House in Christchurch.