Sunday, June 30, 2013

How You Might Be Able to Help Crafty Western Canada



CHA Canada has reached out to craft business in Calgary and Southern Alberta who have been affected by the devastating floods this past week.  Please let us know of any craft business that may be in need of help, or is helping the community through their business.

Does anyone have any great advise on how to restore wet damaged photos, such as web links, You tube video?Are there any products you would recommend for this? Are their any manufacturers who could make some donations? Let us know and we will pass on the information.

Here are some of the ways CHA members are helping with the disaster and ways that you can contribute.

Lori Wilson-Bunda at the Scrap Yard in Calgary.
One of her customers Michelle has initiated a Scrapbook donation drive; luckily Loris store was not affected. Michelle writes: “As scrapbookers, we’re memory keepers at heart.  The good, the bad, and the ugly memories are all showcased in our albums. Except those albums that have been washed away in the recent floods.  Where do we turn to rebuild our beloved scrapbooks?  Each other! We know scrapbooking isn’t the most pressing issue at the moment, but a little distraction and hope can go a long way to rebuild not only these lost scrapbooks, but also our communities. The Scrap Yard will be collecting scrapbooking essentials in a section of their store for those affected by the floods.  To donate, please drop off during business hours.or send to our address.  To pick up the pieces, please contact Lori to set up a time to come and start rebuilding.

The Scrap Yard
#2118, 380 Canyon Meadows Drive SE, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2J 7C3 403-271-2225

CHA Canada Designer Susan Weckesser - Medicine Hat Alberta
“Being an emergency service family, my 15 year old even went out on Friday to help evacuate the 10,000 people here in Medicine Hat. My husband  Marcus, is a Fire Inspector with the City of Medicine Hat and is going through every house and inspecting them to make sure that they are safe for people to go into. They are is such bad shape. The silt for the river if messy and smelly. The emergency workers and volunteers are working around the clock to get people into their homes again”. Susan will be working in her local community to assess needs and supplies.

CHA member, My Sewing Room, located in Calgary is collecting quilts for her fellow Calgarians. If you have a finished quilt that you are willing to donate, please contact them.  They are also accepting fabric scraps suitable for quilts - cotton, flannel, batting.  Please cut them into: SQUARES: 3", 4", 5" or 6" squares; or STRIPS: strips of any width, then bring them or send them to the store.
My Sewing Room
#148, 8228 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Phone: 403-252-3711

This small town is probably the most greatly affected of all areas in Alberta, we have not heard from Chinnook Fabrics, former CHA member, located in the town (and right by the river) if anyone can update us please let us know.

Arlyce Thomson & her partner Heather, who are CHA members from Quilters Haven, Moose Jaw, SK are focusing their energies on High River. “We already have about 20 quilts donated. If you have a quilt you would like to donate, bring it down to the store, we are also looking for volunteers to help our Charity Quilt Ladies make more quilt tops or pin tops for quilting and/or machine quilt these quilts. We will be opening our store Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10 – 4 during the month of July to help get as many quilts made as possible, from twin/double quilt size down to baby quilt size. We are also collecting money ($$$) for two rolls of batting to use in these quilts and backing as necessary, about $500.

If you would like to make a quilt at home and need some fabric, contact us and we’ll check out what’s in the Charity Quilt Supply Cupboard. If we all work together we can provide some much needed comfort for a few people in need of a “Hug Quilt”.

Quilters Haven, 422 Main St N, Moose Jaw, SK, S6H 3K2
Email: Phone (306)693-8523

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