Pointe-Claire woman makes quilts for foster children
Rebecca Moeller has been making quilts ever since she can remember.
For years, she’s made them for family and friends, but recently, she decided to make them for complete strangers.
“I saw somebody was doing something to help foster kids in the States and I thought, well you know what I can do is I can make some quilts,” she said. “So I contacted a representative in the health care system and she was really excited about it.”
The mother of two committed to making quilts for the foster children of Batshaw Youth and Family Centres, but she isn’t doing it alone.
She said, she put out a call on social media and others in the community are also helping.
They received a generous donation from Fabricville, and are hoping to make 15 quilts for Batshaw by the end of the month.
“I just thought it would be a nice way to give back to the community and to help where obviously help was needed,” Moeller said.
Originally from North Dakota, Moeller says the custom was always to give a quilt to those in need.
“I was in New York during 9/11, my sister showed up and brought quilts for some of the families of the men who were lost,” she said.
“Whenever there’s a baby born, you get a quilt. Whenever you graduate, you get a quilt. It’s just kind of a nice way to give someone a warm hug that they can take with them. Because you know if someone made that quilt for you, somebody cares.”
And for Batshaw, they say, knowing people like Moeller care, makes all the difference.
“What’s very special about the quilt is that it’s extremely comforting,” said Marie-Pierre Ulysse, foster care manager at Batshaw Youth and Family Centre. “The children are going through separation, loss, anxiety, stress, all kinds of problems, so when they receive those little gestures, they feel really special and appreciated.”
If you are interested in donating fabric or material to Moeller and those who are making quilts for Batshaw, she can be reached at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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