Sowing Christ’s Love Beyond Our Borders
The Sew and Sow ladies have been busy making quillows (quilt within a pillow), quilts, 2 tops to be quilted and greeting cards with encouraging sentiments for the victims of the fires of Fort McMurray, Canada. These items are being distributed by the Canadian Red Cross. So far 400 quilts from all over the United States have been received.
A local state of emergency was initially declared on May 1st at 9:57 p.m. with the Centennial Trailer Park, as well as the neighborhoods of Prairie Creek and Gregoire all under a mandatory evacuation. By May 3rd, the mandatory evacuation expanded to 12 neighborhoods to the entirety of Fort McMurray. It has been reported that 88,000 people were successfully evacuated, with no reported fatalities or injuries.
As of May 21st, the fire had not grown but has now devastated 1,246,510 acres, including 1,830 acres in Saskatchewan. As of June 13th the fire is described as being 82% contained.
“It was our privilege to be a very small part of giving comfort to some who had lost so much,” says Sew & Sow leader, Charlotte Shaw.