Special gift for wife of Goderich tornado victim
CTV Southwestern Ontario
Published Thursday, October 27, 2011 6:12PM EDT
Brenda Turcotte-Laberge, whose husband Normand Laberge was the only person killed when a tornado ripped through Goderich in late August, spoke to CTV News Thursday as she received a special gift.
Turcotte-Laberge was in nearby Auburn to receive the gift, which she says is a reminder she is not facing the loss alone.
"I'm just so thankful , and so overwhelmed really is the word, I'm just overwhelmed."
The gift is a quilt originally made by the family of Barbara Grube for her granddaughter. She passed away this past summer, and Grube says she's happy Turcotte-Laberge will now take it home.
"Just an amazing feeling that you can give this to someone who is going to need its comfort now...yeah, my mom would be so pleased."
Volunteers are also making sure other tornado victims will stay warm this winter, and organizers say the quilts are about more than just warmth, they're also about solidarity.
Dorothy Martin travelled from New Dundee, along with her nearly 90-year-old sewing machine, to volunteer with the Community Crisis Quilts Project.
"I thought this was a project that would be useful for them and for myself, feeling as though I was doing something for somebody else."
Donations of material and funds for the project have been pouring in from across Ontario, but there is still something the group needs.
Debbie Bauer, president of the Dungannon Women's Institute, says they could use some help getting in touch with those who need them.
"If they could just come forward and just let us know they would like a quilt, that would be wonderful."
Turcotte-Laberge already has a special place chosen for her quilt.
"[I'm] going to put it on my bed, and I'm going to think of them every time I wrap up in it."
For more information on the quilting project please visit: http://www.fwio.on.ca/Contact_Us.php