Squares of Warmth

When mom was sick I made 6 afghans to give to family “from mom”.  There was a lot of wool left over.  I finally found a way to use up the wool and give back to those in need.  When mom was doing her chemo there were baskets set up in the waiting rooms.  So far I have only made 6 squares but I have gotten a neighbour to start knitting as well.

Below is from their web site explaining the program.

Squares Of Care knitting baskets are placed at many waiting rooms throughout the Henderson Hospital, the Juravinski Cancer Centre, and Wellwood so that enthusiastic knitters can contribute a square, or even a few stitches, to create a colourful afghan to warm, comfort or cheer someone.  The afghans are free of charge to anyone who is affected by cancer.
 Thank you to all who support the afghan program at Wellwood in Hamilton, Ontario. You can’t imagine how much the blankets are appreciated by those who receive them.
 To date, the volunteers at Wellwood have given away more than 17,000 afghans since the program was started!

Squares Program

These cozy and colourful creations are distributed widely to adult and pediatric cancer patients. You’ll see their knitting baskets in waiting rooms everywhere! Drop by to select one of these cozy and colourful creations for yourself or for someone else.
Here are the details needed to get started in contributing to the Squares of Care program:

  • Squares should be 6 1/2″ or 17 cm, although the group can work with a variety of sizes.
  • Generally, 35 squares are used for a blanket (7′ X 5′).
  • It is suggested that knitters use a #7 needle or 4.5. If crocheting, please make it a 6 1/2″ square.
  • Please work the ends of the yarn into the squares, our square ladies use colourful yarn to sew the squares together.
  • Knitters are asked to use Sayelle yarn rather than wool. (no reactions that way)

There is a large group that works on all aspects of the blankets each week, including washing and packaging, so all you need to do is drop off your squares and they can take it from there.

Where to drop off squares:

afghanYou can also leave them with the information desk at the Henderson or Juravinski Cancer Clinic, or hang them off the Wellwood office door if the door is closed.

Wellwood Resource Centre of Hamilton

711 Concession Street
Hamilton, Ontario
L8V 1C3

Telephone: (905) 389-5884
Email: wellwood@hhsc.ca

Click here for a map to Wellwood.

Office Hours:
Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Monday evening 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Thursday evening 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

When you drop off your first bunch, please leave your contact information with the squares. We like to send thank-you notes every few months.

Additionally, a second community site has been opened:

Wellwood Juravinski House
501 Sanatorium Road (where Sanatorium meets Rice)
Hamilton, ON L9C 2A7

Click here for a map. (Free parking attached to house).

Evening hours only:
Mondays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.


Since the Christmas season is on its way, why not do up a few squares to help others.  It is going to be a cold winter and when you are battling cancer you can never seem to get warm enough.  For those that are interested but would like to help out their local community, most hospices also take afghan donations.


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