"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!

Wellwood Vision

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Wellwood is a community-based, non-profit organization which provides information, programs and peer support to people who have received a diagnosis of cancer, loved ones, caregivers and healthcare providers. Working with existing community agencies and cancer care providers, Wellwood aims to provide integrative supportive care.  As a safe, inclusive and accessible centre, volunteers and staff strive to make Wellwood barrier-free for all.

Wellwood shares the wisdom gathered from the experience of those who live, and work, with cancer, to ease the journey for all. They are committed to enhancing quality of life for people living with and affected by cancer. They provide supportive care programs in a safe, compassionate and healing environment.

All of the services that are offered at Wellwood fall within a series of themes: Peer support, Exercise & movement, Creative expression, Meditation & relaxation, Information and navigation.

The programs are client-driven, peer-facilitated and self-directed. All are free of charge and available to everyone affected by cancer – including those who have been diagnosed, family members, caregivers and health care providers.

(UPDATED JULY 30, 2020) – Due to the current situation with COVID-19 we are unable to accept squares at the present time. Please click for more information…


Go directly to the squares sizes and dropoff instructions, CLICK HERE!


Warm Hope Site:

Anita Thomas

Wellwood Resource Centre:

Wellwood web site:

Wellwood Resource Centre Volunteering:

Norma Frankoff

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.

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