"Squares of Care are the foundation of cozy and colourful afghans"

distributed widely to adult and pediatric cancer patients in the Greater Hamilton Area.


Squares Of Care knitting baskets are placed at many waiting rooms throughout the Juravinski Hospital (formerly the Henderson), the Juravinski Cancer Centre, and Wellwood. Recently updated to honor one of the originators of the squares program, Barb’s baskets contain yarn, knitting needles, and often some squares already started by visitors who have picked up the needles and started a one while waiting. Attached to the baskets you’ll find a laminated square with instructions. It is cut to size as a handy reference in verifying the progress of your work. Enthusiastic knitters can contribute a square, or even just a few stitches. Volunteers with the Wellwood program will then collect the squares and stitch them together to create colourful afghans to warm, comfort or cheer a cancer patient. 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.

The wonderful volunteers at Wellwood have given away more than 22,000 afghans since the program was started!

About Wellwood

The Wellwood Resource Centre of Hamilton, Ontario is a community-based, non-profit organization which provides information, supportive care programs and peer support to people who have received a diagnosis of cancer, their families and caregivers, and healthcare providers.

Working with existing community agencies and cancer care providers, Wellwood aims to provide integrative supportive care.

During the site closures currently in place due to Covid-19 restrictions, Wellwood’s virtual programs, resources and peer support for cancer patients, their families and caregivers continue to be available.

For more information on Wellwood and its programs, please visit the Wellwood web site at www.wellwood.ca.

Wellwood contact information.

Wellwood - Living well...with cancer.

(UPDATED Feb 25, 2022) – Due to the prolonged situation with COVID-19 we are still unable to accept squares at the present time.  If you choose to continue making squares, please hold on to them for now. We are not accepting them at this time and our volunteers are not meeting to assemble the squares into afghans.

Although it feels as though things are starting to open up around us, safety protocols are still in place everywhere and the afghan program itself could take longer to return to the hospital because of infection control. Once it is safe to do so for everyone involved in the program, we will begin accepting them again. Please subscribe to our mailing list so that we can notify you of when intake of the squares resumes. We are continually monitoring the situation and will also post an update once the situation improves. 

Thank you for your contributions, understanding, and patience. Be safe everyone.