Help Flare Fabrics choose a Canadian charity

January was a great month at Flare Fabrics and we’re looking to share our good fortune. So starting in 2012 we will be donating 1% of our gross sales to give back to the Canadian community.

As an online store we can’t easily set up donations of charity quilts. I know many of you already do wonderful work in your community helping those less fortunate that you. I receive dozens of newsletters from guilds across Canada and hear stories of you making Linus quilts,  place mats for Meals on Wheels recipients in your community or preemie quilts, to name just a few projects.

Here at Flare Fabrics we’ve been investigating Canadian charities to donate money to and I’d love to hear from you.

It needs to be fairly broad-reaching; in other words not an organization or shelter or support group that is only local to your community — our customers live coast to coast to coast and we’d like to include all of you! Tell us of the causes that matter to you.

The options below are quite general and not specific to a particular organization just yet. I want to narrow the area first, then zero in on an actual charity. But, please — if you are involved with a great organization,  let me know! I really want to find groups that are not on the United Way list and don’t currently receive much, if any, government funding.

We’ll leave the poll up for 2 weeks — then report back on the results. Hopefully there will be some consensus — and we can take the next step of narrowing the search to one organization that we at Flare Fabrics, along with our quilting customers, can take pride in supporting.

Feel free to add your own ideas, organizations and suggestions. Add them here as a comment to this post, or send us an email.

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232 Responses to Help Flare Fabrics choose a Canadian charity

  1. Kathleen Caught says:

    I was involved as a volunteer with Victoria Quilts while I lived in Ottawa and I did this because my friend was so devoted to the cause of helping people with cancer. She worked tirelessly and I mean tirelessly building quilts and helping to teach others to do the same. So I helped at a quiltathon and saw family members of women who had helped come and join the rest of us learning to build the quilts. My daughter in law’s father had cancer and i asked that one be sent to him. He was extremely moved by this experience and as he passed away shortly afterwards I want to share with you how it made him feel knowing that women who did not know him were reaching out to offer this moment of comfort, of love, unconditionally. It is hard to find that kind of love that is unconditional around our big cities but I can tell you, that these people in Victoria quilts are extraordinary building not just quilts but very big hearts. Supporting them in any way, is beneficial for us all.

  2. Brenda Thaxter says:

    Victoria’s Quilts is a wonderful organization that touches the lives of not just cancer patients who receive a quilt, but also the family and friends who see how this gesture of kindness brings a light of hope to the recipient. Knowing that complete strangers give freely of their time and talent in order to offer comfort and warmth to someone battling cancer is an encouragement to us all. Since VQC branches depend on local fund-raising to cover expenses of making and shipping these quilts, I vote for this as the Canadian charity for Flare Fabrics.

  3. Mary Agnes G. says:

    Another vote for Victoria’s Quilts. This organization is run completely by volunteers and is non-profit. When I was diagnosed with cancer in late 2011, my name was submitted and I received a beautiful quilt which warms me during and after chemo treatments. I submitted the name of a neighbour when I found out she was diagnosed with cancer and the response was immediate. Her quilt will be delivered in 6-8 weeks. The generous people who contribute talent, materials and money to keep this charity going are most deserving of Flare Fabrics generosity in “giving back”.

  4. Rita Villeneuve says:

    I received a quilt from Victoria’s Quilts Canada and I really appreciated it during my cancer treatments and even now. My vote goes to them, a very worth cause.

  5. Susan T says:

    I vote for Victoria’s Quilts, a registered charity providing quilts and comfort to cancer sufferers.

  6. Celine. says:

    Great women make great quilts for Canadians who have cancer and recipients receive them at no charge, please support Victoria’s Quilts .

  7. Susan Leslie says:

    Victoria’s Quilts Canada would be my vote.

  8. Bonnie Cadieux says:

    I vote for Victoria’s Quilts. This is a worthwhile organization which brings hope and comfort to cancer patients.

  9. Sanddra Rennie says:

    I would like Victoria’s Quilts Canada to receive your donation. They are truly a caring group of women who make quilts for cancer patients.

  10. Elizabeth Brown says:

    My vote is for Victoria’s Quilts Canada. In 12 years Victoria’s Quilts Canada have delivered over 25,000 quilts to people living with cancer and they have no paid staff and relies exclusively on its 1,000 volunteers and donations.

  11. Rick O says:

    Victoria’s Quilts Canada is a very worthwhile charity, providing handmade quilts free of charge to people with cancer. These beautiful quilts made by the numerous volunteers have provided great comfort to patients while undergoing their cancer treatments.

  12. Suzanne Roy says:

    My vote is for Victoria Quilts, in 2009 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and a friend of mine had the wonderful idea to order me a Victoria Quilt that was delivered to me by the Russell group of ladies. This quilt is fantastic and was very southing, warm and comforting during my treatments. I am now in remission but I still have my quilt on my sofa ready to comfort me when I need it. Thanks to Victoria Quilts, the group of ladies from Russell, Ontario and thank You Lorraine for thinking of Victoria Quilts.

  13. Randolph K Herald says:

    I vote for Victoria’s Quilts. I ghave a good friend who does volunteer work for them and I know first hand what a great thing this is.

  14. judy bourguignon says:

    i vote for victorias ouilts as i had b cancer 17 years ago its a great charity

  15. Lois MacGregor says:

    I vote for Vicoria Quilts Canada for a charity. I give tops, quilts and fabric to them for those with cancer. I have given quilts specifically for two of my brothers who had cancer. There is no cost to the recipients, it is an all volunteer association.

  16. Dianne Gibson says:

    Victoria’s Quilts Canada is a wonderful organization of volunteers committed to supporting those with cancer. To the person receiving a quilt it’s like getting a warm hug.

  17. Marie-Paule Bissonnette says:

    My vote goes to Victoria Quilts Canada

  18. Elaine M. says:

    My vote goes to Victoria’s Quilts Canada as a most worthy cause for you to support. It is a Canada wide organization which supplies quilts to cancer patients during a most difficult and trying time in their lives. I have witnessed first hand how both men and women have been touched by the gift of one of these works of love.

    Flare Fabrics would be supporting the continuation of a well established, truly beneficial Canadian organization.

  19. Brenda says:

    Victoria’s quilts Canada is a national organization that makes and delivers quilts to people with cancer.  All the quilts are made by volunteers, and much of the fabric is donated. There are no paid staff – just dedicated and hard-working volunteers who put in hundreds of hours doing all the administrative work necessary.  I feel honoured to be part of a truly volunteer organization. It is a worthy organization for corporate donations.

    Victoria British Columbia

  20. Dianne Wilson says:

    Victoria’s Quilts Canada gets my vote!

  21. Ann cloutier says:

    I think you should support Victoria Quilts! The joy they bring to cancer patients is priceless and there are soapy volunteers working toile quilts but they need support.

  22. C. M. says:

    My vote goes to Victoria’s Quilts. I have worked on many tops and quilts for V.Q. I have also donated them to friends who have and are suffering through this horrible disease. It is a disease that touches us all some time, be it ourselves, family, friend or acquaintance. The appreciation expressed by recipients and their families is tremendous.

  23. Connie Johnston says:

    I think it is wonderful that Flare Fabrics is sharing their good fortune. When my sister was diagnosed with cancer, she was given a wonderful quilt from Victoria’s Quilts. She so appreciated it during her illness. My vote would definitely go to this wonderful group of volunteers who work tirelessly to provide comfort for those less fortunate.

  24. P Smyth says:

    Victoria ‘s Quilts Canada is a very deserving charity. The quilts are free to cancer patients across Canada and and are made and distributed by volunteers .

  25. Diane says:

    Please support Victoria’s Quilts Canada. When my sister was diagnosed with brain cancer, she received a quilt and it brought her warmth and great hope. It’s unbelievable that a thousand woman donate their valuable time to make quilts for thousands of people with cancer all over Canada. There isn’t a person in Canada today who isn’t touched by cancer.

  26. Wendy Killeen says:

    Quilts for people with cancer, young and old really appreciate the warmth of the quilts when they are undergoing their cancer treatments. They really brighten up their days and everybody knows someone touched by cancer. It is a very much appreciated gesture.

  27. Rae Nicholls says:

    lovely…

  28. Val says:

    I believe that Victoria’s Quilts Canada would be a wonderful choice for your charity dollars. We are a group that provides handmade quilts to individuals facing many types of cancer through out our wonderful country, Canada.

  29. Cindy says:

    Thank you for your generous intention to donate 1% of gross sales to a Canadian charity!
    I vote for Victoria’s Quilt. This charity has 1000 volunteers. That’s saying a lot about a charity people want to help. Any cancer patient at any stage can receive a quilt at no cost to the patient nor the person who requests it. To know how many loving hands went into that gift would warm anyone’s heart.

  30. Guylaine Bélanger says:

    Victoria’s Quilts Canada is a registered charity and we make and distribute quilts to anyone with cancer anywhere in Canada.

  31. W Masson says:

    I think what you are doing is wonderful. After reading the comments I must agree that all charities mentioned are valid options. However, I would prefer the support goes to Victoria’s Quilts, a charitable organization that makes quilts for cancer patients to provide warmth, comfort and moral support. The organization is Canada wide, operated by volunteers only and totally unbiased towards any recipient.

  32. Mary Norman says:

    My vote goes to Victoria’s Quilts. I am a member of this group and know first hand how difficult it is to raise funds. Our local group has held garage sales and sold tickets on quilts to raise funds to buy batting and backing. Even though today is Family Day, our dedicated volunteers came to our monthly sewing group to make tops and bind quilts. We spent part of the day with our Victoria Quilt Family and the rest with our own families.

  33. C. Jean Coia says:

    Victoria Quilts is an amazing charity where all the items go to Cancer patients and are made by volunteers. There is no charge to the recipient and the quilts offer comfort during treatments. It is Canada wide charity where all Cancer patients are eligable for a quilt.

    My vote for your attention is Victoria Quilts.

  34. Heather Cottrell says:

    I would like to vote for Victoria’s Quilts .. Cancer is something that affects each and everyone of us in some way- wish it wasn’t so. These quilts are truly a way to reach out to women, children and men diagnosed with cancer. When donating to large organizations one always has to wonder where the donation is actually going- administration, address labels, advertising. Victoria’s quilts reaches out touches the most important people- those diagnosed with cancer.

  35. Diane Oelke says:

    Hi. My vote is for Victoria’s Quilts Canada. It is a registered Canadian charity with representation in 9 of Canada’s 10 provinces. Volunteers at VQ make and distribute quilts to anyone with cancer anywhere in Canada. Any person with cancer, at any stage of the disease may receive a quilt. There is no cost to the recipient or the person requesting the quilt. In 12 years, Victoria’s Quilts distributed more than 25,000 quilts; currently, about 450 quilts are made and distributed each month. Victoria’s Quilts Canada has no paid staff and relies exclusively on its 1,000 volunteers. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

  36. Jennifer Kidd says:

    So many organization do great things but if I have to choose just one I would say Victoria’s Quilts Canada. They make and distribute quilts to any person with cancer, at any stage of the disease, at no cost to the recipient or the person requesting the quilt, to anywhere in Canada.

  37. Helen Robert says:

    I have been volunteering with Victorias Quilts for about one year, and have in that time also had need to request a quilt for a friend battling cancer. I have been amazed by the commitment and effort put forth by Victoria’s quilts volunteers, and by the impact receiving a quilt had on my friend’s recovery. “the quilt” went to hospital countless times, sat on the bed or couch right beside him at all times, went in the car on road trips and quite frankly became representative of warmth and hope through a very difficult time. I believe these quilts are a very important part of a recipient’s ability to combet the disease, and it gives vounteers comfort to offer that warmth and comfort to others. please donate to Victorias quilts!

  38. Sue Dumotel says:

    I have become very involved with Victoria’s Quilts Canada since receiving one of these quilts a couple of years ago which brought me great comfort. This is a very worthwhile organization and our branch, like the others, is in the middle of our annual fundraising campaign. As word of mouth passes, the demand for our quilts is becoming greater so the need for more donations is greater. Your donation would be so appreciated, not just by the groups that make the quilts, but by the recipients, which is what the organization is all about. Care, warmth and comfort during stressful times, makes a huge difference in a life. Thanks for your care in thinking of this idea.

  39. donna says:

    Victoria Quilts have been more than generous to at least two of my friends who had cancer and receive a quilt. I hope they receive your wonderful charit donation. Donna

  40. Bernice says:

    My vote goes for Victoria’s Quilts Canada

  41. Chris Mitchell-Kydd says:

    My vote would be for Victoria Quilts Canada because:

    – Victoria’s Quilts Canada is a registered Canadian charity with representation in 9 of Canada’s 10 provinces.

    – We make and distribute quilts to anyone with cancer anywhere in Canada.

    – Any person with cancer, at any stage of the disease may receive a quilt.

    – There is no cost to the recipient or the person requesting the quilt.

    – In 12 years, we have distributed more than 25,000 quilts; currently, about 450 quilts are made and distributed each month.

    – Victoria’s Quilts Canada has no paid staff and relies exclusively on its 1,000 volunteers.

    Thank you.

  42. Deborah Canniff says:

    My vote would be for Victoria Quilts. I requested a quilt for someone I know who was going through breast cancer treatment and I could not believe how quickly it was delivered to her free of charge. She really appreciated it. They are located in 9 provinces and have delivered over 25,000 quilts. This is a great idea for all those people who are dealing with cancer.

  43. Barbara M says:

    I vote for Victoria’s Quilts

  44. Sarah says:

    Victoria Quilts please! I admire the work that they do and feel that it’s very important!

  45. Marie-Claire Ianski says:

    I would like to vote for Victoria’s Quilts. I am a proud member and work with the most incredible devoted volunters. We make and distribute quilts to anyone with cancer anywhere in Canada. After seeing first hand the importance, support and comfort it gave my friend throughout her treatments, her recovery and she still uses it today…it is with complete conviction that I say VICTORIA’S QUILTS is a life line to all that receive these wonderful quilts.

  46. Linda Lancaster says:

    Victoria Quilts Canada is my vote. The volunteers do wonderful work for this charity organization and Victoria Quilts Canada could sure use a financial donation to purchase the flannel , batting, thread etc. that is necessary to finish the quilt tops that are donated.

  47. Katherine says:

    I would like to add my name to the requests that the donation go towards Victoria Quilts.

  48. Olivia Thompson says:

    I am involved with Victoria’s Quilts and I think that it would be a good charity to support. The cost of supplies and postage are rising and there is increased demand for quilts for cancer patients. For these reasons, it is very difficult for the national organization to keep up with the financial support that is required. A warm handmade quilt can provide both physical and emotional comfort. It is a constant reminder to recipients that others care and that they recognize those who are battling this dreaded disease.

  49. Lynne Thompson says:

    Victoria Quilt’s is my vote. The look on my sister-in law’s face when she received a quilt was so rewarding. It is such a worth while organization and it needs your help.

  50. Maureen Chambers says:

    I would like to see Victoria’s Quilts be the beneficiary of your generosity. They are a wonderful organization that provides quilts to cancer patients .

  51. Gwen says:

    I like Victoria’s Quilts too. The opened a chapter in Amherst, Nova Scotia not too long ago and they are an incredibly dedicated group. They do great work for great people.

  52. Rosemary O'Toole says:

    Victoria quilts would be nice to donate to, as there is always a need for cancer patients.

  53. Ann Dunlop says:

    How nice of you to want to share your succes with an organization in need. I’m sure that your kind gesture will come back to you one hundred fold.
    I have been working with Victoria’s Quilts Canada for more than 10 years, helping to make the quilts and I have also delivered some. You cannot imagine the look on the recipient’s face when he/she takes out this colourful quilt. They are so pleased. Often it will be with the comment, “I get so cold.”
    Victoria’s Quilts Canada is a Registered Canadian Charity. Quilts are delivered to anyone with cancer, any age, at any stage of the cancer and anywhere in Canada. If one cannot be delivered, it is mailed to them. This is very expensive. The cost of the flannelette and the batting to complete the quilts are also very high. Every last scrap of fabric is used, even the small squares of left-over flannette. After giving out more than 25,000 quilts, the organization is now in need of financial help. None of the 1000 volunteers receive any payment for what they do.
    If Victoria’s Quilts Canada is chosen, your contribution could be Canada wide. Think of all the cancer patients you would be helping to keep warm.

    Ann Dunlop

  54. Joy DYE says:

    My vote is for Victorias Quilts. Our guild makes tops for them. I have just had a quilt from them sent to a freind with cancer It was much apreciated.

  55. Caroline Edna Pearcey says:

    My vote is for Victoria Quilts. The work is to help others who are experiencing a difficult time and often need their gift to help in a time of need. Please consider Victoria Quilts thanks so much for your generosity.

  56. Monica Saunders says:

    I vote for Victoria’s quilts because Victoria’s Quilts Canada is a registered Canadian charity with representation in 9 of Canada’s 10 provinces.

    – They make and distribute quilts to anyone with cancer anywhere in Canada.

    – Any person with cancer, at any stage of the disease may receive a quilt.

    – There is no cost to the recipient or the person requesting the quilt.

    – In 12 years, They have distributed more than 25,000 quilts; currently, about 450 quilts are made and distributed each month.

    – Victoria’s Quilts Canada has no paid staff and relies exclusively on its 1,000 volunteers one of which is a very dear and caring friend of mine.

  57. Donna Garbutt says:

    I would like to put my vote in for Victoria’s Quilts Canada. As you can see from previous posts both the volunteers with VQC and the recipients of the quilts are avid supporters of this charity. In these difficult financial times and as a result of the exponential growth of requests for quilts, VQC is finding it a challenge to fund the materials required and the massive shipping costs. I see your company as a perfect fit as a sponsor for VQC – a company that sells beautiful material and a charity that uses vast amounts of material to distribute comforting quilts to cancer patients Canada-wide with no cost to the recipient.

  58. linda says:

    victoria quilts has my vote they do amazing work

  59. Nancy Wiles says:

    Victoria’s Quilts Canada is a non-profit organization worthy of your support.
    I joined a local group a year ago, as a “pinner” — and the love and planning that goes into each quilt is phenomenal.
    Please help us continue – unfortunately the request numbers for quilts is never ending!

  60. Sharron Blaine says:

    I have been a member of the Victoria’s Quilts Calgary Branch since its inception and I have never participated in a more rewarding and worthwhile charity. When I was diagnosed with cancer a year ago, I, too received one of their quilts and it was of incalculable comfort to me during my treatments. I have now been able to start making quilts again and am enjoying it greatly. The charity benefits not only women and children but anyone at any stage of cancer who requests or has someone who requests a quilt on their behalf. We deliver to anywhere in Canada and there is never any charge for the quilts for either the cancer patient or the requester. No person in the organization is paid–the work is purely volunteered. It is a truly worthwhile charity.

  61. Patricia Litke says:

    I would love to see consideration given to Victoria’s Quilts Canada which is a Registered Charitable Society, run by volunteers and active in 9 provinces. This organization sends out 450 hand made quilts per month to cancer patients across Canada, at no cost to the recipient.
    Thank you for your consideration
    Paatricia litke

  62. Laura says:

    Given that you sell fabric, it seems pretty fitting that your proceeds should go to a charity that uses fabric for good. Victoria’s Quilts Canada uses a massive and incredibly dedicated team of volunteers to make and distribute quilts FREE to anyone with cancer, anywhere in Canada – pretty broad-reaching! In 12 years, they have distributed more than 25,000 quilts. Victoria’s Quilts Canada could really benefit from the funds for buying fabric and shipping quilts to those in need, continuing this amazing work.

  63. Nancy Bolliger says:

    I started with VICTORIA QUILTS five years ago, it is a wonderful organization. We are a registered charity working out of 9 of the 10 provinces, as we are all volunteers your contribution would be greatly appreciated. We have so far made 25,000 quilts mostly from fabric donated and pieced together with loving care. We are very proud of our work and know how much the cancer patients appreciate the quilts they receive.
    Please consider VICTORIA QUILTS CANADA.

  64. Sheila Goldsworthy says:

    I would recommend that your generous donation be made to Victoria’s Quilt Canada. The goal of this organization is to provide physical and emotional support to people fighting cancer. The quilts donated at no cost to either the requester or the recipient, are done totally by volunteers. We have, in our 10 or so years of existence, provided quilts to more than 25,000 cancer patients. However, the cost of making these quilts is high. We organize fund raisers, etc but currently, the demand for quilts is more than what our funds allow us to do. Financial help from you would be a blessing and greatly appreciated.
    I started a branch last year, and we have delivered over 75 quilts to people living with cancer in our community. Quilters tend to donate cotton fabric, and we need funds to buy batting and backing. Where branches don’t exist our head office needs funds to mail quilts. I realize there are so many competing needs, all the best in making a difficult decision.
    Thank you again for your generosity.

  65. Elizabeth Holloway says:

    My vote is for Victoria’s Quilts Canada. I first learned about VQC when my sister Penny received a quilt while she was fighting her loosing battle with cancer. Since then I have been sewing for VQC. It has been 7 years now and I see the quilts that go out and I see the thank you cards that are received. Giving a quilt as a gift to a cancer patient is a wonderful idea and I am sure deserves the funding to continue.

  66. Beverly Chapman says:

    I would vote for Victoria Quilts. This charity gives so much comfort to those in need at a time in their life when they most need to know others care and are there for them.

  67. susan fedyk says:

    Please consider Victoria’s quilts. They reach out to every one with with cancer: men children, and women suffering from this horrible disease and its devastating chemo and radiation effects. These quilts offer much needed comfort. We are in need of funds in order to meet the ever increasing demand for our quilts. Thank you.

  68. Shirley Santos-Pedro says:

    I have seen for myself how people react to the gift of a quilt. A few of my friends have received a quilt from Victoria’s Quilts. I feel it is such a selfless gift and the recipiants are surprized and very grateful for the comfort of a quilt. This organization gives alot to both the recipiants and the makers of the quilts……it is a comfort and pleasure to both. Please consider this organization.

  69. Elaine Richardson says:

    As a recipient of a quilt, I vote for Victoria’s Quilts Canada.

  70. Elaine Richardson says:

    As a recipant of a quilt from Victoria’s Quilts. my vote is for Victoria’s Quilts. The comfort these quilts bring to someone who is battling cancer is unbelievable. Help Victoria’s Quilts keep up the good work.

  71. Hennie says:

    Victoria’s Quilts Canada an amazing organization comprised of volunteers who are devoted, kind and loving. They give of themselves to ensure that people all over Canada can receive this special gift of love.. a quilt.
    This organization will benefit so very much from you financial support…it would mean money to buy fabric to make more quilts to be given to more people in Canada with cancer.

  72. Elizabeth Caskie says:

    My vote definitely goes to Victoria’s Quilts! It is such a wonderful organization that helps so many people. They could benefit greatly from your support!

  73. Deb Mousseau says:

    VICTORIA QUILTS! With all the comments already there I really can’t think of more to say except I know this means so much to people with cancer and is a great charity to help out in. Please and thanks.

  74. Denis Essiambre says:

    I would like to suggest Victoria’s Quilts Canada as well.

  75. Sheryl O'Connor says:

    My vote is for Victoria’s Quilts. An organization that delivers quilts to cancer patients. Cancer is a horrible disease. Any form of comfort during their painful journey is so much appreciated. Victoria’s Quilts is operated totally by volunteers and they do not charge patients for these quilts. Any and all donations are much appreciated. Please consider them as the recipient of your gracious donation.

  76. Marilyn K says:

    It would be a wonderful boost for Victoria’s Quillts. There work is outstanding.

  77. Renée L. says:

    Being in the fabrics business, it will make sense to award your support to Victoria’s Quilts Canada, a register charity that provides quilts for cancer patient across Canada.
    Thank you for the offer!

  78. Shirleyanne Smedley says:

    Thank you for considering Victoria’s Quilts Canada. Twelve years ago a woman named Betty gathered together twelve others to make some quilts. I didn’t even know how to quilt; sure learned fast! Along the way, many of us who volunteer have personally been touched by cancer. I am one of the fortunate survivors who now know first hand the love that arrives with each quilt.

  79. June says:

    I hope you consider Victoria’s Quilts as your choice for your donation.

  80. Joy Melsness says:

    My vote is for Victoria’s Quilts Canada. We make quilts free of charge to anyone with cancer (women, men and children) to warm their hearts as well as their bodies during chemo, radiation and recovery. Anyone in Canada who has received one of these quilts has known that it comes with love from volunteers working in groups. This is such a worthwhile service to Canadians, and it is an organization that is in need of funds.

  81. Rodney Sharpe says:

    I vote for Victoria Quilts. To receive a gift like a quilt from total stranges when you are going through a dark period in your life gives you a sense of hope and strength that everything is going to be okay. It helps to know that they are people out there that care. I believe Victoria Quilts was be the choice for your generous donation.

  82. Louise Bellerive says:

    Victoria’s Quilts Canada has no paid staff and relies exclusively on its 1,000 volunteers.

  83. Catherine Gill says:

    Victoria’s Quilts would be my preference. I won’t tell you about the organization, because (many) others have beat me to it!

  84. Joelle Piche-Carriere says:

    Victoria’s Quilts would be a wonderful cause! The charity has alot of hard working volunteers that make quilts that comfort cancer patients during their difficult journey .
    Thank you for all your hard work!

  85. Cathy Paterson says:

    My vote goes for Victoria’s Quilts Canada. I know of a few people who have received a quilt and it has made treatments seem easier.
    Thank you for passing forward your good fortune.

    • Leanne McConnell says:

      My vote is for Victoria’s Quilts Canada. We are all touched by cancer in some way, and I think this is a very worthwhile organization to support.

    • Terri Mowat-Smith says:

      My wish is for you to donate to Victoia’s Quilts. It is a registered Canadian charity. We make and distribute quilts to anyone with cancer in Canada. There is no cost to a recipient or the person requesting it. In 12 years we have distributed 25,000 quilts. We have no paid staff. Personally, I have requested 3 quilts to be sent to members of my own family. I skype my brother, a recipient, every night. He is wrapped up in his quilt. It gives him great comfort.

  86. Marilyn Chinnery says:

    My vote would be for Victoria’s Quilts. I have been donating my time for this organization for 3 years and it is so rewarding to see the look on the recipients’ faces when they receive the quilt and to hear their comments on the gift.

    • Bobbi Wanner says:

      I am a quilter for Victoria Quilts, and it warms my heart everytime I make a quilt and I know that it is going to someone with Cancer. I would love to see you help this organization keep going with your generous donations.

  87. Danita says:

    I would love to see you support Victoria’s Quilts – we all have someone who has been affected by cancer and this is a concrete way to help.

  88. Kathleen Morningstar says:

    I vote for Victoria’s Quilts because it is in line with your business and also they have
    no administration fees so all funds go to where they were donated not for paid staff.
    This is very gracious/generous of you

  89. Terry Lewis says:

    Victoris’s Quilts!! They are a wonderful organizatoin, they have a wonderful group of quilters who donate, time, talent and so much more to make quilts for anyone with cancer.

  90. Rose-Marie says:

    Victoria Quilts Canada WOULD BE GREAT GROUP GOR YOUR DONATION,IT IS A CHAITABLE ORGANIZATION THAT MAKES QUILTS FOR CANCER PATIENTS ALL ACROSS CANADA

  91. Monique B says:

    I would recommend that your generous donation be made to Victoria’s Quilt Canada. The goal of this organization is to provide physical and emotional support to people fighting cancer. The quilts donated at no cost to either the requester or the recipient, are done totally by volunteers. We have, in our 10 or so years of existence, provided quilts to more than 25,000 cancer patients. However, the cost of making these quilts is high. We organize fund raisers, etc but currently, the demand for quilts is more than what our funds allow us to do. Financial help from you would be a blessing and greatly appreciated.

  92. Diane Versteeg says:

    I would strongly Victoria Quilts, I cannot think of a more wonderful cause. We make quilts for people who have cancer. My aunt was blessed with one of these quilts last year and the happiness she received from it will remain in my memory forever. It is something we can do for cancer patients, a small gift to help all those during their cancer journery. Please consider Victoria Quilts, thank you so very much.

  93. Bev west says:

    My vote goes to Victoria’s Quilts, a wonderful organization trying to help anyone, young and old a little more comfortable with a nice comfy quilt while undergoing treatment.

  94. Georgina Hussey says:

    Please consider Victoria’s Quilts Canada for your charity. We have distributed over 25,000 quilts to Canadian cancer patients over the past 12 years who are at any stage of the disease. There are no paid positions in the organization which is represented in 9 of our 10 provinces in Canada. Our quilts are all made and distributed to Canadian cancer patients free of charge by volunteers. These quilts bring comfort to cancer patients with warmth and spiritual encouragement to know that others care.

  95. Jennifer Jarvis says:

    DefInitley Victoria’s Quilts Canada for all of the great reasons already mentioned by so many.

  96. Lorraine Matte says:

    I would like to solicit your help for our organization — Victoria’s Quilts Canada — which has distributed over 25,000 quilts to Cancer patients receiving treatment throughout Canada since our foundation some 12 years ago. We have up to 1,000 volunteers who assemble, quilt and distribute quilts.
    We do need all financial help possible to help pay for fabric, batting, mailing quilts, etc.
    Without more funding, it will be difficult to continue all the good we’ve been accomplishing.

  97. Lorraine Matte says:

    I would love to see Victoria’s Quilts Canada be a recipient of your annual donation. We are close to 1,000 volunteers assembling, quilting and distributing quilts throughout Canada to persons receiving treatments for Cancer and this absolutely no cost to the requester or receiver. We desperately need funding for mailing quilts out and fabric requirements. Over 25,000 quilts have been donated since our organization was founded 12 years ago.

    I believe this organization is one of the best to receive your donation and sincerely hope you’ll consider us favourably.

  98. Wanda says:

    I say ditto to all the above comments about Victoria’s Quilts, and vote for them!

  99. Glenys Butler says:

    My vote goes to Victoria’s Quilts Canada. Thank-you for your generosity.

  100. Eileen Duchene says:

    In 12 years, we have distributed more than 25,000 quilts; currently, about 450 quilts are made and distributed each month.

  101. Susan Dunfield says:

    Victoria’s Quilts Canada is a registered Canadian charity with representation in 9 of Canada’s 10 provinces. We make and distribute quilts to anyone with cancer anywhere in Canada. Any person with cancer, at any stage of the disease may receive a quilt. There is no cost to the recipient or the person requesting the quilt. In 12 years, we have distributed more than 25,000 quilts; currently, about 450 quilts are made and distributed each month. Victoria’s Quilts Canada has no paid staff and relies exclusively on its 1,000 volunteers.

  102. Karen D. says:

    Victoria Quilts is a worthwhile charity providing quilts for cancer patients all across Canada.

  103. Karen says:

    Victoria Quilts is a wonderful charity providing quilts for cancer patients.

  104. Pamela R. says:

    For the reasons that have been given over and over again, I believe that Victoria’s Quilts Canada is by far the most logical recipient of your charitable donation. Hundreds, maybe thousands, of cancer patients across Canada will benefit from your generosity.

  105. BETTY GRAHAM says:

    Please consider Victoria Quilts, a volunteer organization that makesquilts for cancer patients. We are greatly in need of funds to purchase materials to make these quilts.

  106. Marie T. Rainey says:

    I have been a member of Victoria Quilts for over 10 years and contributed to making hundreds of quilts for cancer patients. I would like to see this charity continue with your support.

    – Victoria’s Quilts Canada is a registered Canadian charity with representation in 9 of Canada’s 10 provinces.

    – We make and distribute quilts to anyone with cancer anywhere in Canada.

    – Any person with cancer, at any stage of the disease may receive a quilt.

    – There is no cost to the recipient or the person requesting the quilt.

    – In 12 years, we have distributed more than 25,000 quilts; currently, about 450 quilts are made and distributed each month.

    – Victoria’s Quilts Canada has no paid staff and relies exclusively on its 1,000 volunteers.

    Thank you!
    ..Marie

  107. Fiona McMillin says:

    My vote is for Victoria’s Quilts. They deliver quilts to those living with cancer, be it adult, teen or child. With over 25,000 quilts delivered to date, there is not charge to a recipient or to anyone requesting a quilt a loved one. The quilts are made by members, none of whom are paid, and many who use their own materials to construct a quilt with love and care.

  108. Judy S. says:

    My vote is for Victoria Quilts. It can’t be just a coincidence, can it? Victoria Quilts has made over 25,000 quilts for cancer patients and is now struggling to keep going and a fabric company is looking for an organization to support. This would be a match made in heaven. I have witnessed the joy that a quilt brings to these people that are struggling, and it’s just not the material, it’s the fact that people that they don’t even know, care about them. They take the quilts with them to treatments, and cover themselves with a quilt that has been made and given with love from strangers. I am one of those quilters and I would hate to see this great organization collapse from lack of funds. Please consider Victoria Quilts.

  109. Cheryl Giroux says:

    I have been a volunteer for Victoria’s Quilts, sewing quilt tops for a year now. These women care so much for the people to whom they give the quilts. The people they touch are so grateful for the quilts. My vote is for Victoria’s Quilts.

  110. Anna Maynard says:

    I vote for Victoria’s Quilts Canada as I have seen the quilts bring a smile to the recipients when I deliver the quilt to them. They are so pleased that someone is thinking about them.

  111. Lynn Blais says:

    Victoria’s Quilts Canada gave me a quilt when I was diagnosed with cancer. This quilt has kept me warm during my chemotherapy treatments. The individuals who volunteer at this worthwhile charity are caring and they give much of their time and efforts; they very much deserve to be the recipents of this award.

  112. Ann T. says:

    Victoria’s Quilts Canada of which I am a member would be a worthy recipient of your donation from your fabric sales. Thank you for putting forth the generous offer.

  113. Margaret Craig says:

    I vote for Victoria’s quilts. I am a member of a Wednesday afternoon group along with a lot of other dedicated people. I believe this is a very worthy cause. And, I have heard from friends who know recipients of quilts. They say the quilts have brought comfort and a smile to those suffering from cancer. Please consider Victoria’s Quilt as your charity of choice.

  114. marguerite bujold says:

    My vote goes to Victoria Quilts Canada

  115. sethu Shan says:

    I am proud to say that I am a member of Victoria Quilt I am making Quilt . I want To say thatWe make and distribute quilts to anyone with cancer anywhere in Canada.
    Sethu Shan

  116. marguerite bujold says:

    My vote goes to Victoria Quilts Canada –

  117. Penny Harfield says:

    I vote for Victoria’s Quilts…the most giving organization I have seen in many years.

    • Barbara Malmberg says:

      Victoria’s Quilts would be so pleased to receive your generous help. The need for quilts never seems to end. The quilts seem to give those suffering from cancer a much needed small lift.

  118. Sue Edkins says:

    I vote for Victoria’s Quilts as many volunteers in Canada sew over 450 quilts a month in order to bring comfort and warmth to those enduring cancer treatment.

  119. Joan Potter says:

    Victoria’s Quilts is a very worthwhile charity. We work very hard to provide this service and need all the help we can get. Thank you for considering us. Joan.

  120. Heike Semon says:

    Victoria’s Quilts gets my vote. Anyone with a life threatening illness, such as cancer, needs a little bit of cheering up and a cozy quilt can help!

  121. Connie Nunn says:

    For your company I think it would be most appropriate to support a related charity as you would be suppportingactitives related to your business, carried out by potential clients of your business and at the same time brings some confort to people facing a potentially life-threatening illness. Please consider Voctoria’s Quilts for your donation.

  122. Mary Boudreau says:

    My vote is for Victoria’s Quilts. They do such wonderful work to help those dealing with cancer in their life. Thanks

  123. Helen Golden says:

    Community Charity of choice for our area would by the Victoria’s Quilts. Thank you in advance for this great possibility.

  124. elvira says:

    Victoria’s Quilts Canada is my recomendation. Thank you in advance.

  125. Marlene L says:

    Please consider Victoria’s Quilt’s we are dedicated volunteer’s who supply a quilt at no cost to anyone suffering from cancer, with it goes our love and prayers. At this time our funds are quickly running out, and we are so hoping you will be able to help.

  126. Rhoda Costford says:

    Victoria’s quilts is a Registered Canadian Charity in nine out of ten provinces. They make and distribute quilts to cancer patients at no cost to the patient or the person who requests it. There is no paid staff only 1,000 voluteers. They need funding for materials to make these quilts. Please consider this organization.

  127. Jane Laut says:

    Victoria’s Quilts Canada would be a very worthy and appreciative recipient of Flare Fabrics’ generosity. This registered charitable organization (with branches all across Canada) provides comfort quilts for those Canadians living with cancer at no cost to the recipient or the person requesting the quilt. Volunteers devote endless hours of time and also use many of their own supplies to create these blankets of care and compassion for others. Victoria’s Quilts Canada relies on the generosity of others for the purchase of fabric, batting, flannel backing, and thread. Please visit our website (mentioned in an earlier posting) to learn more about our wonderful group of volunteers and the work we do across Canada to support others. Thank you for considering Victoria’s Quilts Canada as you make your decision.

  128. Carol Stewart says:

    Victoria’s Quilts Canada is a registered Canadian charity with representation in 9 of Canada’s 10 provinces. We make and distribute quilts to anyone with cancer anywhere in Canada. Any person with cancer, at any stage of the disease may receive a quilt. There is no cost to the recipient or the person requesting the quilt. In 12 years, we have distributed more than 25,000 quilts; currently, about 450 quilts are made and distributed each month. Victoria’s Quilts Canada has no paid staff and relies exclusively on its 1,000 volunteers.

  129. Lynn Danby says:

    Victoria’s Quilts is a registered charity who makes quilts and distibutes to cancer patients any where in Canada. In 12 years Victoria’s Quilts has distributed over 25,000 quilts while making about 450 quilts a month. This organization is run by volunteers and with your help it will allow Victoria”s Quilts to continue offering comfort to those with cancer.

  130. Mona Saunders says:

    I vote for Victoria Quilts. This organization requires funding to purchase cotton material, quilt batting and backing for quilts which are freely given to cancer patients. Many people who have received the quilts say they are so nice and warm when they are undergoing their cancer treatments and bring them a lot of comfort. Victoira Quilts have the volunteer experienced people ready to make the quilts but require funding to purchase the material so they can make them. This is such a worthwhile project helping those people directly & when the help is needed.

  131. Susan M says:

    My vote goes to Victoria’s Quilts Canada.

  132. Shirley Forrester says:

    I would vote for Victoria’s Quilts Canada. The response from people who have received these quilts and the effect it has had on giving them a boost at a particularly difficult time is heart warming. Imagine approx. 26,000 quilts have gone out across the country at no charge, and beautiful quilts they are. Love and care goes into each one.
    It’s important that we get the donations to keep this going.

  133. Laurel Mclennan says:

    Victoria’s Quilts would be a wonderful cause! The charity has alot of hard working volunteers that make quilts that comfort cancer patients during their difficult journey with their health crisis.

  134. Ella Leson says:

    I would like to see Vcitoria’s Quilts receive funds. The lady who started this charity vowed, when she was going thru Chemo therapy and experienced being very cold, that no one elseshould experience being cold. I have been down that path. Myself, I have made over 30 quilts with kits and materials from Victoria’s quilts. Volunteers can put the quilts together, they cannot make the supplies needed. At this point, this charity needs all the financial help it can get.
    Thank you

  135. Jennette Ethier says:

    My vote is for Victoria’s Quilts. Everyone I know, who has ever received one of these labours of love, is so touched by the thoughtfulness and talents of the women that devote their time and skill to make them. Each quilt provides warmth and comfort to those who have received a cancer diagnosis – and I doubt there is a family anywhere in Canada that hasn’t been affected by cancer.

    This donation would allow Victoria’s Quilts to purchase more fabrics and batting resulting in many more quilts made to provide hope, strength, comfort, warmth and caring to our families, friends, and neighbours fighting this disease.

  136. Anne Brown says:

    I would love to see Victoria’s Quilts Canada as the recipient. I am currently quilting 2 quilts for them. Their quilts go to cancer patients of all ages. One of the ones I am working on is for a small boy. They could certainly use the funds &/or fabric.

  137. Pat Campbell says:

    Victoria Quilts gives quilts to cancer patients. We see first hand how much comfort and support that they give. VQC is in need of funds to keep up this good work.

  138. Mavis Halliday says:

    Victoria’s Quilts Canada is a Canadian charity which provides handmade quilts to patients fighting cancer. The quilts provide emotional as well as physical comfort. VQC deserves to be the recipient of any financial donation as the cost of making these quilts is enormous and they are made 100 % by volunteers. Your contribution would be so appreciated.

  139. sylvia johnston says:

    Victoria’s Quilts Canada because , it is a registered Canadian Charity, it holds memberships in nine out of the twelve provinces. Victoria’s Quilts Canada does provide at no cost a quilt , to cancer recipients anywhere in Canada ,who are suffering through any stage of the disease , also there is no cost to the person requesting the quilt.Victoria’s Quilts Canada has provided for the past 12 years some level of comfort to 25,000 recipients of a quilt. Victorias Quilts Canada relies exclusively on its no paid staff and volunteers .

    25,000 Cancer patients receiving a quilt.

  140. Irena Wosk says:

    My vote goes to Victoria’s Quilts!

  141. Martha Lovering says:

    Please consider Victoria Quilts. They are in financial need.

  142. Martha Lovering says:

    Victoria Quilts is a most worthy organization please consider sharing your proceeds with this group. At the present time they are in financial need and would appreciate any help that you could give.

  143. Jo says:

    VQC (Victoria Quilter’s Club) makes quilts for cancer patients.

    And unlike other quilting groups, with this one 100% of the fabric and time is donated by volunteers. No funds are received from other associations and there are no membership fees, hence no revenue stream on any kind.

    But to see the volunteers come together and sew for those less fortunate, it is truly a fulfilling experience.

    And as some of the volunteers themselves have had bouts of cancer, they know all to well, how important the quilts become to the recipients.

    This is something that is truly from the heart to the hearts of those whom need it. A tiny break from the turmoil that cancer can put in ones’ life.

  144. Helen Couture says:

    Victorias Quilt Canada is a charity worthy of any and all donations. they rely on donations to buy fabric and batting.

  145. Helen Williams says:

    Victorias Quilting. Many people all over Ottawa donate their time to this organisation to make and give the quilts out. The quilts we make (I am a member) are creative and made with pride and love. We need all the help and resources we can get.

  146. Eileen Smith says:

    I would like to vote for Victoria Quilts. They are in desperate need of funds, all are volunteers of generous people who enjoy getting together to help cancer patients and the feedback from the recipients of these quilts shows how much they are appreciated. Also, it seems fitting for a fabric provider to sponsor this group.

  147. My vote goes to Victoria’s quilts Canada. It is a deserving organization that reaches out to cancer patients by providing quilts which we hope provides them comfort and warmth.

  148. Nancy Lince says:

    Victoria’s Quilt Canada.

  149. Donna S says:

    Victoria’s Quilts Canada is a very worthwhile charity, providing hand made quilts to people with cancer. It has been in existence for almost 15 years and has delivered more than 26000 quilts across Canada.

  150. Judith Harper says:

    Please make a donation to Victoria’s Quilts Canada. They are a registered charity, have given away 26,500 quilts to cancer patients in all of Canada’s provinces and territorities, and have grown from an idea in one woman’s head to an organization with quilters in 9 provinces. As someone receives a quilt, intended to keep them warm during chemotherapy (but the give-away is not limited to those undergoing chemotherapy – anyone with cancer can receive a quilt), many are so grateful that the next time they hear of someone with cancer, they send in the names and so the demand for quilts is growing. Your donation would go a long way to allowing Victoria’s Quilts to continue to make and distribute quilts – fabric is donated, but the batting, backing flannel, mailing costs and office expenses come from donated funds and the proceeds of fund raisers.

  151. Elizaabeth Rollock says:

    Victoria Quilts Canada definitely gets my vote. I am a member and usually use my own fabric for the quilt tops but help is definitely needed for lining and batting.

  152. Faye Flood says:

    Victoria’sQuilts would get my vote. As chairperson of a branch the thanks yous that I recieve bring tears to my eyes.We provide quilts for cancer patients. Our quilts bring both physical comfort, as cancer patients are frequently cold during chemo treatments, and emotional support during such a stressful time.

  153. Scott Smith says:

    I see many votes for Victoria’s Quilts Canada. This is an amazing charity. My father received a quilt from them when he was under-going radiation therapy and he took it everywhere with him the for six months he was in treatment. I can’t express what it meant to him.

  154. Nancy Kibbee says:

    I am a delivery volunteer for Vicrotia’s quilts Canada and I cannot tell you how big the impact of recieving a hand made quilt has on some of the women I have deliver quilts to. I arrive sometimes at a time where the recipients spirits are lower than they have every been in their lives. The smile and feeling of good will that comes with the quilt lifts them up and brings a ray of sunshime.

    Victoria’s Quilts Canada is a registered Canadian charity with representation in 9 of Canada’s 10 provinces that make and distribute quilts to anyone with cancer anywhere in Canada. at no cost to the recipient or the person requesting the quilt.

    Many women selflessly volunteer their time a talents to produce small works of art to help lift the spirits of someone suffering with cancer.

  155. Anne Bailey says:

    Victoria’s Quilts would be a worthy recipient to receive a donation. Many people have had great comfort from receiving a quilt.

  156. Stella Gray says:

    Please support Victoria’s quilts, they give a quilt to anyone in need of a warm hug at a very difficult time in their lives – battling Cancer. Thank you

  157. Elaine Crossley says:

    Victoria’s Quilts Canada is a registered Canadian charity with representation in 9 of Canada’s 10 provinces. We make and distribute quilts to anyone with cancer anywhere in Canada. Any person with cancer, at any stage of the disease may receive a quilt. There is no cost to the recipient or the person requesting the quilt. The organization is made up of volunteers, with no paid staff. It is an organization worthy of your consideration.

  158. Betty Olfert says:

    There is no cost to the cancer patients when they receive a quilt and many of us donate
    our own stuff. to make the quilt look good. This is a wonderful gift to receive
    in this terrible time in life . Pay it forward to those how have a different walk in life.I would like you to donate to Victoria quilts Canada. Please and Thank you!

  159. Becky says:

    Victoria Quilts Canada is a very worthwhile organization across Canada the, quilts made provide warmth for cancer patients at no cost. My husband received one of these gifts and is really appreciative of the work that goes into them.

  160. Adele says:

    My vote is for Victoria’s Quilts, an organization that makes and distributes quilts to anyone with cancer anywhere in Canada.

  161. Hélène Mainville says:

    First, I would like to commend Flare Fabrics for wanting to share its good fortune with a worthy cause. I would like to vote for Victoria’s Quilts Canada (VQC) for the following reasons:
    – Victoria’s Quilts Canada (VQC)is a registered Canadian charity with representation in 9 of Canada’s 10 provinces.
    – VQC makes and distribute quilts to anyone with cancer anywhere in Canada.
    – Any person with cancer, at any stage of the disease may receive a quilt.
    – There is no cost to the recipient or the person requesting the quilt.
    – In 12 years, VQC has distributed more than 25,000 quilts; currently, about 450 quilts are made and distributed each month.
    – VQC has no paid staff and relies exclusively on its 1,000 volunteers.
    I have been involved as a volunteer with VQC for over six years as it meets my objectives for providing comfort to cancer patients.
    Hélène

  162. Terri Reid says:

    I vote for Victorias quilts. Cancer has touched so many families, quilts made by volunteers for cancer patients is a far reaching charity.

  163. Natalie Webb says:

    I vote for Victoria’s Quilts Canada. It’s a worthy Canadian charity with chapters in nine provinces.We make and distribute free, quilts to anyone with cancer.Recieving a quilt gives the recipient a burst of happiness in an otherwise unhappy period in their lives, and is a comfort during treatments.

  164. Donna M says:

    Quilts of Valour is a registered charity that makes quilts for our country’s service men and women returning from duty. Many need time to recovered from injuries suffered in the line of duty.

  165. Denise says:

    All the suggested charities do wonderful work….from animals to abused women and children but please consider supporting Victoria Quilts Canada. Every quilter who would like to participate can because of the donated fabrics for the quilt tops. But raising money for the backing and batting is difficult and takes away time from making quilts. I was just completing my second quilt when I was diagnosed with cancer. For six long weeks of treatment, my quilts were constant companions as I rested to face the next day. I saw our quilts at the cancer agency, providing warmth and comfort during treatments. It is direct and immediate. Fabric, quilt, warmth. Simple and effective. Thank you.

  166. Donna S says:

    Victoria’s Quilts Canada is a very active registered charity that could use the funds to make their quilts for cancer patients.

  167. Wendy Croome says:

    Thank you for your generous intention to donate 1% of gross sales to a Canadian charity. Victoria’s Quilts Canada has branches from Newfoundland and Labrador to British Columbia. With no government funding and no paid staff, this registered charity has given away over 25,000 quilts to individuals across the country who have cancer. A friend or family member makes a request, and a quilt is delivered to each recipient in person or by mail. Many letters on the website express gratitude not only for the warmth of the quilt but also for the love that went into making it. Please consider Victoria’s Quilts Canada as your charity of choice.

  168. Ruth Bradley-St-Cyr says:

    The most perfect charity that you could donate to would be Victoria’s Quilts Canada.
    I am a member of this charity and spend every Friday afternoon making quilts for people with cancer. These are given free to anyone in Canada with cancer.
    This volunteer-run charity is in need of funds to cover the costs of batting, backing, postage, and running the office.
    Each of us in the group works in memory of someone we know who has had cancer, some of whom, thank goodness, are still with us.

  169. Josee Gervais says:

    I would like to add my vote to Victoria’s Quilts Canada. It is a very selfless charity brought about by a sheer desire to bring love and comfort to those who have cancer and their families. This touches so many people!
    I know first hand both as a volunteer quilter and as a family member of someone who was blessed to receive one of these quilts during his battle with cancer how the impact of this extends beyond it’s recipient. It brings encouragement, speaks life and courage to those who may feel quite alone in battling this disease even with their life. We all benefit of knowing someone cares about us and their quilts offer that and so much more. Not forgetting those that are often forgotten and using gifts like quilting to bring warmth and encouragement to someone’s life.
    There are many great charities out there, and many needs in the world. Thankfully there are some well known charities and govern. funded organizations that help with poverty, abuse… This particular charity(Victoria’s Quilts Canada) is not funded by anything else than volunteers time and pouring of themselves in what they do and donations. I know that every penny would be used extremely well and very much appreciated. We cannot lose VQC Canada, it is much needed 🙂

  170. Joyce says:

    I commend you for your desire to donate a percentage of your income to a charity and would submit Victoria’s Quilts for the following reasons. Thank you in advance for your consideration of this worthwhile group…….
    – Victoria’s Quilts Canada is a registered Canadian charity with representation in 9 of Canada’s 10 provinces.

    – We make and distribute quilts to anyone with cancer anywhere in Canada.

    – Any person with cancer, at any stage of the disease may receive a quilt.

    – There is no cost to the recipient or the person requesting the quilt.

    – In 12 years, we have distributed more than 25,000 quilts; currently, about 450 quilts are made and distributed each month.

    – Victoria’s Quilts Canada has no paid staff and relies exclusively on its 1,000 volunteers.

  171. Carol Evans says:

    I would be pleased to see consideration given to Victoria’s Quilts Canada a Registered Charitable Society, run strictly by volunteers with representation in nine provinces. This organization is sending out 450 hand made quilts per month to cancer patients across Canada. These quilts are greatly appreciated by the recipients. Thank you for your consideration
    Carol Evans

  172. Donna M says:

    I would like to suggest Quilts of Valour. It is a charity that makes quilts for our country’s service men and women returning from duty. Many are injured and need time to recover.

  173. Liz J says:

    Victoria’s Quilts Canada would be a charity worthy of your support. The quilts distributed to those dealing with cancer bring comfort and hope to them during a very difficult time.

  174. Donna McLaren says:

    Victoria Quilts Canada would be a wonderful recipient for your donations.
    We provide quilts for people with cancer.
    Victoria’s Quilts Canada is a registered Canadian charity with representation in 9 of Canada’s 10 provinces.
    – We make and distribute quilts to anyone with cancer anywhere in Canada.
    – Any person with cancer, at any stage of the disease may receive a quilt.
    – There is no cost to the recipient or the person requesting the quilt.
    – In 12 years, we have distributed more than 25,000 quilts; currently, about 450 quilts are made and distributed each month.
    – Victoria’s Quilts Canada has no paid staff and relies exclusively on its 1,000 volunteers.
    The other thing that Victoria Quilts Canada provides is the chance to meet and work with an amazing group of women who are the volunteers.

  175. alice clark says:

    Victoria Quilts gets my vote – beside being a social time for older women that have a need to get out and socialize, it gives such a lift to the recipient to know the quilt was done with lots of hugs and hope for an easier treatment time. The requests have far outnumbered the monies needed but the heart is there in all the volunteers sewing up the quilts providing the warmth to patients in radiation and chemo – and many young women are now involved as well. Thank you for considering Victoria Quilts.

  176. I vote your funds go towards Victoria Quilts Canada. We make quilts for people with cancer. Every family I’m sure has been touched by cancer. It’s a fun group

  177. Barbara Ireland says:

    I vote for Victoria’s Quilts Canada. I’ve volunteered with this wonderful organization for the past few years and am proud to say they have given over 25,000 quilts to people with cancer in the 12 years they’ve been running. There’s no cost to the patients and volunteers put a lot of love into each quilt. VQC operates on a shoe-string and could really use your support!

  178. O. H. Oberik says:

    Victoria Quilts Canada is a registered Canadian charity – I am one of the 1000 volunteers who help persons dealing with cancer. Our gift to them – a quilt – is given to the person at no charge. This quilt gives comfort, warmth & the knowing that there are many out there caring & praying for them.

  179. Jane Whitfield says:

    Since coming to this community 7 years ago I have been involved with Victoria’s quilts. Little did I know that 2 years ago my 6 year old granddaughter would be diagnosed with a Medula Blastoma and go through the pain and suffering of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Immediately, Victoria’s Quilts here in Lindsay sent a beautifully wrapped children’s quilt to her to keep her warm when there were times that she just couldn’t seem to generate enough heat on her own. The colours were bright and delighted her when she unwrapped the gift. It gave our whole family such a feeling of warmth and caring by people who so selflessly take time to do this work, providing quilts for cancer patients. I myself received a note just before Easter one year from someone I didn’t know thanking me for her quilt. It made my Easter to know how we reached out to someone in need. In these economically challenging times it is becoming difficult to continue this service to the extent that this charity has been able to provide in the past. The only criteria for a quilt is a cancer patient who needs to be kept warm and know that strangers care. Please consider Victoria’s Quilts in your decision.

  180. Debi says:

    Victoria’s Quilts!

  181. Jocelyn Rait says:

    I also vote for Victoria’s Quilts. Not only does this charitable organization provide a much appreciated service by donating quilts made by members to cancer patients at no cost to the recipients, but also its members are helping the environment by using up scraps of fabric which would otherwise be discarded into a landfill. Local branches are also helping to build community when members get together to “sandwich” the quilt tops they have made with batting and backing, to say nothing of improving people’s confidence when they accomplish something they thought would be too hard for them to do. It’s a real win-win. The money is needed to ship the quilts all over Canada and to buy supplies – one cannot always count on them being donated.

  182. Kate says:

    Habitat for Humanity would get my vote. My quilting circle makes a quilt every year, for a family who is getting a house. The stories that we hear about the families really show how people can triumph over adversity. Habitat gives them a chance to actually own a home of their own.

  183. Monique Gray says:

    Why Victoria Quilts Canada should be considered:

    – Victoria’s Quilts Canada is a registered Canadian charity with representation in 9 of Canada’s 10 provinces.

    – We make and distribute quilts to anyone with cancer anywhere in Canada.

    – Any person with cancer, at any stage of the disease may receive a quilt.

    – There is no cost to the recipient or the person requesting the quilt.

    – In 12 years, we have distributed more than 25,000 quilts; currently, about 450 quilts are made and distributed each month.

    – Victoria’s Quilts Canada has no paid staff and relies exclusively on its 1,000 volunteers.

  184. Fran Lapenna says:

    I would like to see Victoria’s Quilts receive the benefits of you great offer. I have only been making quilts for two years but have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and have met many other talented ladies devoting their time and energy to this Canada-wide charity. Quilts are given to cancer patients with no charge to either the recipient or the person that made the request. The national office is having a hard time meeting their expenses at the moment and any donation would be greatly appreciated.

  185. Joyce Brenton says:

    I think you should choose Victoria’s Quilts Canada. It would be so appropriate for you and we are in need of financial help. We are made up totally of volunteers and have chapters in 9 provinces. The quilts are free for any Cancer patients:we have distributed thousands over the 12 years of our existence and the notes of thanks we receive are a clear indication of how much they are appreciated.

  186. Karen Burt says:

    My vote would be for Victoria Quilts Canada. A wonderful charity that provides beautiful handmade quilts. These ladies share their kindness and support to cancer patients with their thoughtful and useful gift.

  187. Jill Hayward says:

    Victoria’s quilts is definitely a charity worth donating to. It is a National Charity and yes it is registered. And although it is not directly afiliated, it has links to similar organizations in the US. Not only does it give lap quilts to Cancer patients but ist also a potive influence on those who participate in the making and delivering of the quilts. Maybe its because Quilters have learned to blend the old with the new, are a part of every generation, and are generally some of the most positive people I know. And I think Victoria’s Quilts embraces those qualities in their membership, and stitch a little bit of that enthusiasm into every quilt they sew. VQ definitely has my vote.

    • Betty says:

      Victoria Quilts Canada would be a very grateful recipient of your charity. Victoria Quilts provides quilts to cancer patients, at no cost to them. These quilts are all made by volunteer quilters, with donated fabrics, batting, etc. A very deserving charity!! Thank you for considering Victoria Quilts.

  188. Janet ferguson says:

    Victoria’s Quilts Canada is a Canadian charity which provides handmade quilts to people fighting cancer. The quilts provide emotional as well as physical comfort. Unfortunately, the demand for quilts continues to be high. VQC appreciates any financial donation as the cost of purchasing flannel (backing) and batting for each (50″ x 70″) quilt adds up. Thank you for contributing a portion of your profit to a Canadian charity.

    • Janet Burnside says:

      I vote for Victoria’s Quilts Canada this is a great organization of ladies and is a Canadian charity the Quilts they make are beautiful and serve a fantastic purpose which is to provide soft handmade quilts to people fighting cancer.

  189. Barbara Melancon says:

    I think Victoria’s Quilts should get the donation. They provide beautiful quilts to any cancer patient for no charge. And the quilts can be mailed out in a timely manner when one is requested.

  190. Barbara Melancon says:

    I think Victoria’s Quilts would be a great choice. They provide beautiful handmade quilts to anyone with cancer. I have asked for quilts for two different people and they were supplied in a timely manner and were well used by these people during their treatment. It was like a warm hug during a very trying time. And there was no cost to me, although I gladly made a donation.

  191. Gabrielle Beauchamp says:

    Victoria s Quilt of Canada , we make quilts for people who have cancer.
    The quilts are sent all over Canada

  192. Annick says:

    I would vote for Victoria’s Quilts. It is a great organization that provides some comfort to those living with Cancer by sewing, quilting and giving beautiful quilts.

  193. Carmelle Lecourtois says:

    I think Victoria’s Quilts is a well worthwhile charity. It is important to show support for cancer patients in their time of need. I know from personal experience that they really appreciate what we do for them. Victoria’s Quilts is a volunteer based charity and I know for a fact that a lot of the ladies use their own fabric as well as what we are given. In these economic times, it is difficult to support such organizations. Every bit counts. Thanks.

  194. Marian Lewis says:

    I would have to agree with anything related to Mental Health. This is such a widespread issue involving everyone from the rich and famous to the homeless. I’d love to see something for the homeless as I really don’t believe that they are in their situations by choice. Those that “choose” to be homeless are obviously struggling with mental health issues. It’s epidemic.

  195. Doris Symington says:

    Victoria Quilts is a wonderful charity providing quilts for cancer patients.

    • Huguette Morin says:

      Yes I agree fully that Victoria’s Quilts should be chosen since the ladies sewing the many quilts do a tremendous work for the many who are battling cancer.

      • Mary Hill says:

        I fully support Victoria’s Quilts as I help prepare and deliver and have met so many people who have been wonderfully comforted by their very own quilt to hug and know that others care.

  196. Victoria’s Quilts Canada would be a worthy recipient of your donation. We are a registered Canadian charity with representation in 9 of Canada’s 10 provinces. We make and distribute quilts to anyone with cancer anywhere in Canada, at any stage of the disease, and at no cost to the recipient or the person requesting the quilt. In 12 years, more than 25,000 quilts have been distributed. Victoria’s Quilts Canada has no paid staff and relies exclusively on its approximately 1,000 volunteers. Currently, about 450 quilts are made and distributed each month.

  197. Anna says:

    I would suggest the Salvation Army. This organization supports all the causes mentioned: women’s shelters, programs for children (including school breakfasts), women in trouble with the law, etc. etc. Donated monies do not go to pay staff, buildings, professional fundraisers etc. only to the cause.

  198. Sheila E. says:

    Victoria’s Quilts Canada gets my vote-they are always in need of financial help as all the batting and flannel used for the quilts is bought new. The tops are made from donated fabric, much of which comes from the members own stashes. Donations of quilting cotton are also very much in need. Having sent out over 26,000 quilts and having a constant waiting list shows the commitment of the members of this worthwhile organization!

  199. Kathy. says:

    My vote goes to people suffering from mental disease.

  200. Ada Chinery says:

    Maybe you could consider Breakfast Programs across Canada. Lots of children go to school without breakfast for various reasons. The next big name quilter could be one of these Kids! Thanks for reading!

  201. Theresa Cody says:

    I agree with M. Destounis. Victoria’s Quilts benefits anyone with cancer and it definitely is a registered charity that benefits recipients Canada-wide. So it fits all of the criteria and fits in nicely with your type of business.

  202. Donna Wood says:

    I absolutely would support Victorias Quilts Canada which is a charity.
    Victoria’s Quilts Canada provides handmade quilts to people with cancer. More information is available on their website: http://victoriasquiltscanada.com/
    There are VQC groups with hundreds of volunteeers across Canada and quilts are provided free of charge to anyone in Canada.
    I think it would be a perfect match

    • Sherry Hall says:

      I agree that Victoria’s Quilts Canada would be a great match. I have requested a quilt for a cancer patient in the past. She was so thankful for the warmth and love it provided her during her treatments.

  203. Cindy M says:

    I would love to see donations go to the Canadian Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths. Too many babies (my granddaughter for one) never get the chance to even enjoy a wonderful quilt because their lives are shortened some unknown cause.

  204. Helping women in crisis will also go a long way to helping children in need since a lot of these women have kids!

  205. Christine says:

    I am a nurse and have gone on several operating missions. We are always trying to raise money for the cost of doing surgery on patients that can’t afford it for themselves. Places I have been to are the Philipines and of late, Antigua, Guatemala. The group I went with is Health for Humanity. They have a website and pictures posted of the places we went to, and patients we have worked on. We do a lot of cleft lip surgery on babies. What a change in their lives and their families lives to have a child that is now not obviously deformed. We had one patient that stands out during last November’s mission. A teenage boy of 18. We don’t normally do cleft lip/palate surgery on someone that old. He had saved up enough money for the travel to our mission. His goal was to get the surgery, find a wife and start a family. Because of his deformity he was an outcast most of his life. He was about to change all that. I sure wish I would’ve seen his face when he first looked at himself in the mirror after his surgery. I was told their was tears of happiness running down his face.
    They also do other surgeries: general and gynecological procedures.
    It’s hard to believe that it’s such a different world out there in which these people are just happy to have a roof over their heads. During this same mission we also delivered formula to a mother of four who’s infant was not gaining any weight. We checked in on another family that a stove was delivered to last year. These places weren’t easy to reach, but certainly an eyeopener for the way some of these families lived. Health for Humanities also tries to support health clinics in these small communities with immunizations, house calls ( which are usually a three or five mile trek) and general health information.
    I’m sure I’m not doing this group any justice as I’m not on the board, but from my own humble experience, this would be a good organization to donate to.

  206. Burtine says:

    This is a good thing your are doing. I support those local charities who are not top heavy with executive salaries and offices. YESS, homeless shelters, women’s shelters and our local SPCA. None of these garner much in the way of government assistance and all do such terrific work with little remuneration. I never donate to professional fund raisers.

  207. Sharon Kerber says:

    Ronald McDonald House is one of my favorite charities because they provide a place to receive food and shelter for families whose children are undergoing medical care. Many families have to travel long distances for medical care and it can be very expensive to stay in hotels and eat in restaurants . It is stressful enough to have a very sick child without having to worry about finances as well.

  208. Janet Wilson says:

    I just wanted to explain why I voted for “Women in trouble with the law”…there are a number of groups already quilting for hospitals and shelters, but I have never heard of any group targeting female offenders. I have often been surprised and saddened by the harshness with which we judge women convicts, and sad that they are often themselves hopeless and resigned to their fates after a lifetime of being devalued. It is hard for women to get back on their feet; they are more likely to be targets for abuse and neglect, they still make less than men, have fewer opportunities and often bear total responsibility for children, all circumstances that impair their ability to “break the cycle”.

    • Hi Janet, Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments. All too true. I used to work in Kingston, Ontario and did some volunteering with the Elizabeth Fry society in Prison for Women, so do know what you talk about.

    • Jane Sanders says:

      Couldn’t have made a better argument if I had tried. Talk about a group that is ignored. With this population, we could really make a difference.

  209. Lyn Winch says:

    I would like to see Victoria’s Quilts receive your donation, they are in dire need of funds and they are exclusively quilting related.

  210. Anne says:

    I agree…They could even be separate from this, with donations of fabric.

  211. Doris Lazore says:

    Victoria Quilts Canada is a charity organization worth considering.

  212. Joanne says:

    Great idea, very thoughtful. I am always happy to purchase from Flare Fabrics, this is another plus.

  213. brenda says:

    I would suggest an alzheimers or dementia charity. Although it is not specific to women,women do tend to live longer and I think have this condition much more so than men.

    • Marg Cameron says:

      Alzheimer Society of Canada – is affiliated with chapters across Canada
      the majority of people with dementia are women, and the primary caregivers are also women
      Women account for 72 per cent of all Alzheimer cases, and 62 per cent of all dementia cases
      Over the next 25 years, without a medical breakthrough, more than four million Canadians will have developed Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.

      The earliest memories stay the longest – so memories of childhood quilts would probably stay intact
      Plus sensory stimulation – such as multitextural quilts- appeal to those even in the late stages of the disease

  214. Doris Lazore says:

    Victoria Quilts Canada.

  215. Susan Campbell says:

    Victoria’s Quilts Canada is a registered charity that provides quilts for cancer patients across Canada. There are groups across Canada that provide the quilts.

  216. Marion Destounis says:

    Victoria quilts would be nice to donate too. Not sure if they are a registered charity though.

    • Phyllis Funk says:

      Yes, Victoria’s quilts is a registered charity with quilters across the country. The call for quilts is continually increasing, as cancer seems to be on the rise. A well made, soft, warm quilt is a comfort for someone going through cancer treatments. Something that they can take with them to chemo treatments or a stay in the hospital, as my brother-in-law did during his final months in the hospital. It kept him warm when nothing else seemed to. So, obviously my vote would be for Victoria’s Quilts Canada.

      • Ruth Hildebrandt says:

        I think we should vote for Victoria Quilts as this is should a good cause and brings a lot off great joy to the oatients owho are battling cancer, I am one who delivers quilts to the clients and the respose we receive when they get the quilt is amazing they cry at times. It brings them such comfort/

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