Pat Reddick, centre right, presents a cheque to Donna Easter, on behalf of the Westport Lions Club, at Westport Legion.
Westport Lions Roar
By Lion Bob Reddick
The mission of Quilts of Valour is to ensure that injured Canadian Forces members are recognized for their service and commitment to our country. They give this support through the presentation of quilts to comfort our past and present Canadian Forces members.
Donna Easter is the chair of the Westport chapter and started the group in 2016 with four people and they produced 15 quilts. The group has now grown to 37 members and last year they made 87 quilts. So far this year, 60 quilts have been sewn and at least a dozen more are in the works. These creative and busy ladies gather once a month at the Legion for “show and tell”, share ideas and friendship and of course, sew!
Most of our quilts are given to the support services at the Transition Centre at CFB Kingston. It is here that wounded soldiers are given counsel and also assisted in returning to service after injury or leaving the service – also called Departing with Dignity. The personnel in charge of our work at the Kingston base know those who are in need of a hug from a grateful nation and they also fit the quilt – its character, its colours – to those of the vets and military members that they are working with.
As a volunteer organization, Quilts of Valour rely exclusively on support from donors like the Legion and Westport Lions Club to buy materials for the dedicated quilters.