Community

Quilters make children’s quilts for Wrap-A-Smile

The Fernie Quilt Guild made 13 quilts for the Wrap-A-Smile project and presented them to the Fernie Rotary Club on March 27. From left: Joan Fisher and Carol Bouchard, Fernie Quilt Guild; Elizabeth Richards, Rotary member and  guild organizer for Wrap-A-Smile; Evelyn Cutts and Andrea Horton, Fernie Rotary members. - Submitted
The Fernie Quilt Guild made 13 quilts for the Wrap-A-Smile project and presented them to the Fernie Rotary Club on March 27. From left: Joan Fisher and Carol Bouchard, Fernie Quilt Guild; Elizabeth Richards, Rotary member and guild organizer for Wrap-A-Smile; Evelyn Cutts and Andrea Horton, Fernie Rotary members.
— image credit: Submitted

Quilters in Fernie recently met with the Fernie Quilt Guild to make children’s quilts for the Rotary sponsored Rotaplast medical missions. Thirteen quilts were presented to the Fernie Rotary Club on March 27 as part of the Wrap-A-Smile project.

In 1992, two Rotarians from San Francisco organized a medical mission to repair cleft palates. From this small beginning, medical missions have gone out every year to developing countries to operate on children and young people who have cleft lips and cleft palates.  Repair of a cleft lip and palate allows a child to smile for the first time and to speak normally. In 1998, Rotaplast International was founded to organize the fundraising and the medical groups and volunteers who go out on these humanitarian missions.  As of 2012, 15,000 surgeries had been completed.  This is one of many Rotary International Projects.

In 2001, a nurse on one of the trips, Terry Hodskins was shocked to see that children had no blankets to keep them warm in the operating room.  Children were wrapped in polyethylene sheets or newspapers. When she came home to the United States she organized quilters to make children’s quilts for the missions, and the Wrap-A-Smile quilt project was born.  Now each child undergoing an operation is given a quilt to keep, and the date of the operation is written on the quilt label.  Fernie quilts had a label saying the Fernie Quilt Guild made the quilts plus a Canadian flag so the children know that someone in Canada cared about them.  This is the fifth time quilters in Fernie have made quilts for Wrap-A-Smile.

Rotaplast, the organization that now raises money for the medical missions, has many medical groups and volunteers going out to developing countries each year.  Starting with one mission in 1993, nine missions are planned for 2014.  Rotary Clubs help to fund these missions. This is the fourth time the Fernie Rotary Club has sponsored the Fernie Quilt guild to make quilts for Wrap-A-Smile.

If you are interested in learning more about Wrap-A-Smile or Rotaplast International the website is www.rotaplast.org.  If you would like to make a quilt for Wrap-A-Smile or join us next year when we are sewing quilts, please email elizabeth.richards@ualberta.ca.

 

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Woman rushed to hospital after train and car collision
 
B.C.-only wines to come to some grocery stores
 
Fernie Alpine Resort hosts community appreciation day
#UsedHelps: Connecting Business with Canadian Charities
 
Salmo senior killed in collision
 
MLA sues political opponent for incident at 2013 all candidates forum
Toy Drive profits donated to locals
 
Zellstoff Celgar presented $700 in gift cards to The Sharing Pot
 
Toy drive brings Christmas cheer once again

Community Events, December 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Dec 18 edition online now. Browse the archives.