With Remembrance Day coming up later this week the City of Swift Current welcomed a warming delegation to council on Monday night.

A representative from the Quilts of Valour Canada was on hand to share some stories and history about the not-for-profit organization that makes quilts for injured veterans.

Marcie Erick was that representative and is a regional coordinator for the organization and said that the program was created in 2006 when a woman took some quilts to an Edmonton hospital for Afghanistan veterans.

"It's grown from one big-hearted to a nationwide registered not-for-profit with a full board of directors, representatives in every province, and reach their first goal of handing out 10,000 quilts within the first ten years," she said. "And (we're) working towards their second goal of 20,000 by 2020 and we're just getting close to 15,000 now."

Erick told city council she's handed out 29 quilts this year and most were made by the Southwest Quilters Guild.

"The Southwest Quilters Guild in town here has been unbelievably helpful to me," she said. "They sew, they stitch, they rip, they help, they buy, they quilt, and they do everything. I couldn't do this without them, they have been just an unbelievable help to me."

Erick focuses on giving quilts to veterans that were involved in World War 2 and the Vietnam War and veterans that have post-traumatic stress disorder.

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