The Tumbler Ridge Rippers Quilt is asking the District of Tumbler Ridge to waive their 2020 locker fees, which costs $200 annually to store space at the community center.
Due to COVID-19, the guild has not been able to access the community centre or the storage lockers. Without access to the lockers, the guild has not been able to work on charity projects for the community.
“We haven’t been able to meet, because you can’t get into the community center and the majority of members are seniors. Going forward with COVID, who knows what’s going to happen,” said Guild Secretary and Treasurer Cheryl Hayden.
Tumbler Ridge Mayor Keith Bertrand says a letter dated July 2 with the request was received for information at their July 13 council meeting. No decision has been made.
Bertrand says while the center is quite large, storage capacity is becoming limited.
“In my opinion, it’s a privilege for these non-profit groups to have that ability to store these things in the community center,” said Bertrand, “We’re opening up a situation where if we give it to one, we’d have to give it to all.”
The guild has been around for more than twenty years and donates quilts to cancer patients in Dawson Creek, Tumbler Ridge’s Safe Home, TR Cares van, and other medical patients.
The guild says they are self-sustaining and have not received any assistance in the past, depending upon fabric donations and group project sales to complete charity quilts.
Many groups in town are sponsored through the guild by supplying them with quilts to raffle for fundraising.
“We’re always looking to help out in our community,” Hayden said.