A while ago someone posted on Facebook about a batting giveaway from the Warm Company. They would send free batting samples to any Guild who were making quilts for charitiy.
I don't know of a Guild today that isn't making quilts for charity. Quilts are being made to give to charities so that the charity can raffle the quilts to make much needed money. Quilts are being made and given to hospitals, women's shelters, to various police forces to have in their patrol cars to use when smeone needs comfort or warmth, quilts are being made for school fundraisers and quilts are being made and donated to nursing homes to name a few. There are projects going around the world such as Project Linus, Blankets of Love and Quilts of Valour. When tragedy strikes whether it is a fire or a hurricane, a flood or a tsunami quilters are there ready and eager to help.
The MBQG isn't any different. We gather every year on the last Saturday of January to make "cuddle quilts" for Harbour House (our local women's shelter), as well as quilts for the children there the shelter usually picks out a quilt that they raffle to help raise some money. We also donate larger quilts to the Blankets of Love project and smaller quilts to the NICU Preemie Quilt Project at the IWK Children's Hospital.
So when I saw this post about free batting, especially I batting I have used (and love!) for years I knw we should participate. Then I read the fine print at the bottom of the post "available for US Guilds only" (or something like that). My first reaction was a bit of anger, why are Canadian Guilds not good enough to participate and get some free batting. The products are all available here, they are a big company. I thought about it for a few days then decided to try and do something. I emailed the customer relations division of the company and explained how disappointed I was that we couldn't participate just because we are Canadian. I explained all the projects we are involved in and that we deserve to be a part of this. I got an email back within a day saying they would look into it. A weeks or so later I got a wonderful email back saying that the Warm Company would be happy to send us some samples of their batting. A couple of months later when nothing came, I emailed again and found out our box had been returned for some reason but that they would ship again.
A couple of weeks later I received 2 boxes stuffed full of batting! I haven't counted how many are there but there is a lot! From queen sized to crib sized, cotton and cotton/poly blends. Every bit will be so useful. The MBQG is ever so grateful to the Warm Company for their generosity.