Dora Farrell

Quilters add colour to meals

Members of the Sunshine Club Quilters are delivering a little bit of cheer to Meals on Wheels clients this Christmas season.

Members of the Sunshine Club Quilters are delivering a little bit of cheer to Meals on Wheels clients this Christmas season.

The 20 or so members of the club work throughout the year creating colourful holiday-themed placemats for clients to have with their meal boxes at Christmas.

Last week the quilters donated 90 placemats to Dora Farrell, past-president of Meals on Wheels in Port Alberni.

“Our clients really appreciate receiving these placemats with their meals,” Farrell said.

The volunteer service provides meals to seniors, people who have been discharged from the hospital or those who because of a disability are unable to cook for themselves. On occasion they have assisted families in crisis on a short-term basis.

Meals on Wheels delivers around 1,000 meals per month in Port Alberni, five days a week, 52 weeks a year.

This is the fourth year that the quilters have made placemats for Meals on Wheels, says Shirley Bone, who has participated in the quilting drive for all four years.

“It’s fun,” she says.

The placemat project is just one of several Bone works on throughout the year, she says. She belongs to four quilting groups between Port Alberni’s Rainforest Quilters and a quilting guild in Parksville.

“It’s a good way to use up our scraps (material),” said Barb Smith, a spokesperson for the Sunshine Club Quilters.

The quilters have a stock of extra placemats in case Meals on Wheels run out, and members have already started working on next year’s batch, Smith said.

Meals on Wheels is always in need of drivers. Routes are usually about half an hour long. Anyone who can help out can call Meals on Wheels coordinator Janet Buchanan at 250-730-0390 for more information.

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