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Below are some comments received by Victoria's Quilts Canada. Where requested, the names of the submitters have been edited to protect their privacy.

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"I thank my friends who sent one of your beautiful quilts to my husband Robert (Bob) back in 2017 or 2016. He used it all the time. Now he has passed away and I decided to give the quilt to one of our grandsons who deals with a lot of depression. I told him to wrap himself in grandpa's blanket when he is feeling down and think of how much Grandpa loved him. Our grandson graciously accepted the quilt and was very excited to receive it. I thought your group would appreciate hearing about this. Again thank you to all who participate in this program.
– Anonymous

"I received your beautiful quilt yesterday and I'm speechless... it's so wonderful to know that somewhere, in Ottawa, your volunteers are working very hard to make these quilts for someone they don't even know. To also receive your prayers is an added bonus. I also LOVE the beautiful bag. I will surely use when I go for my chemo treatments. I will cherish this forever!"
– Francine Parent, Gatineau QC

"Thank you so much! Sending Love and Light to each of the volunteers!"
– Aimee Spencer, Kenora ON

"Just wanted to write and say thank you so much for the absolutely beautiful quilt that was sent to my aunt. I never told her I had it sent, so she was completely surprised when it arrived. She loves it, and I’m so thankful to you all. It’s wonderful to see her have some joy with everything else she is going through. Thank you all so much for doing what you do!"
– Natasha Morrison, Esterhazy SK

"Dear angels of Victoria's Quilts Canada Sudbury Branch: I just received the most beautiful quilt. I was so touched by your gesture... you are sending so much love and hope in this "interruption in our lives". I can't imagine how much time, work and patience it takes to accomplish such a piece of art. Thank you to all the volunteers (angels) who give their time and love with the goodness of their hearts. My quilt is absolutely beautiful and will be forever cherished."
– Claire Guerette, Azilda ON

"When my mother was diagnosed with cancer in in 2009 a friend of hers got her a quilt. I remember the feeling it gave my mom when she received the quilt. It was something beautiful in the mess of something so tragic. I wish I could say that was the last quilt I had to see. But I now pay it forward because I hope that it gives some comfort to others like it did for my mom. And though my mom is gone, I will still have that memory. Today, I am requesting a fourth quilt for someone's loved one who is very close to me. Thank you for all that you do, so that I can make something so awful be a little better."
– Mackenzie Yarrow, Trenton ON

"I was stuggling to come up with an idea of something I could do for my friend battling cancer, something to let him know that I cared and was thinking of him. That's when I learned of your organization. I filled out the on-line request form and asked if the quilt could be sent as soon as possible, as he had just gotten home from the hospital. To my amazement and delight, the quilt was received by him six days later! "A unique and thoughtful gift. It is beyond amazing and I will cherish it for life." This is a message my friend sent to me after receiving his quilt. It warmed my heart and did exactly what I hoped it would do... let him know I care. Thank you to all of you at Victoria's Quilts Canada for this amazing gift you have given my friend."
– Patty Soles, ON

"Thank you to the volunteer who made a beautiful blue quilt for me. It was a morale-booster for me, and I truly appreciated receiving it. Thank you to all the quilters who participate in this worthy cause."
– Callum McPhee, NB


"I wish to thank all the ladies that donate their time and efforts to making a Victoria's quilt. I really appreciated my quilt ,as I went through ovarian cancer. As I attended chemo every week, it kept me so warm. It really is a special way to support both practically and emotionally."
– Colleen Stevenson, Black Diamond AB

"The New Brunswick Branch of Victoria's Quilts Canada owns one long-arm quilting machine and it needed a new circuit board. We were originally told the cost of the repair would be about $2000 and that it was not covered under warranty. Global did a story on our need for help last night [January 22] on the 6 o'clock news. We were inundated with offers of donations this morning. We even had an RBC branch offer to cover the entire $2000 repair. Even better the guy from Singer called to say he thinks we can get it covered under warranty now. We must be making a difference in some lives, or so many people wouldn't have come forward to help. It is nice to know that when we reach out there are lots of folks willing to come to our aid."
– Jane Sunderland, Moncton NB
(Response to Global News article, January 23, 2018: NB quilting group that combats cancer may shut down)

"I just received my quilt from the Ottawa branch. It is so beautiful and I cannot believe that someone would do this for a complete stranger!!! It has been a difficult year going through surgery and chemo and radiation, but with the support of good friends, relatives and complete strangers I did it! Thank you to the volunteers and thank you to my amazing friends, the Callahan Cross family, for referring me to your program. After reading the poem and verse I cried. Thanks again for making the lives of people with cancer so much brighter!!"
– Paula Leblanc, Dartmouth NS

"Thank you for the lovely quilt for my mother. After her death, we donated the beautiful quilt to palliative care at the local hospital. Again thank you!"
– Jane McDonald, Saint John NB

"I received a quilt as a Christmas gift in December 2017. I have been sewing since l was about 6 years old and over the past 75+ years, have taken many sewing courses. The quality of materials used and the stitching of my quilt is excellent! You can see that the makers of these quilts put love in every stitch."
– Kathy Alcock, Kenora ON

"The quilt she received was warmly welcomed and used often while she was alive. Now it hangs in the hallway by her sons' bedroom reminding them each night, as they go to bed, of the warm and kind woman she was. Symbols of her around mean so very much. Thank you for the ongoing legacy of memories and meaning your quilt will have in the years to come."
– Carolyn Klassen, Winnipeg MN

Updated: March 1, 2018