Oh There Were Miles of Smiles

I was in Lebanon, NH on Saturday morning to represent the Parkinson’s Comfort Project, a nonprofit I founded in 2010 to bring the comfort of handmade quilts to people with Parkinson’s disease.

A daughter wraps her father in a quilt by Bob Johnson
A daughter wraps her father in a quilt by Bob Johnson

I arrived at 8:00 to set up. The doors opened at 8:30. I found a great home for my first quilt at 8:45.

All the quilts were gone by 9:30.

You should have heard the oohs and aahs from the folks who were just wowed by the beauty on display.

I was hugged. Folks made donations.

But the best part of all was wrapping the recipients in a quilt and taking their pictures.

Those that could smile, did, broadly.

Those that could not, because of muscle rigidity, were still so obviously tickled.

One gentleman was immediately enamored of a quilt with a patriotic theme made by my friend Marsha Biggs of Norwich,
Vermont. After I took his picture, he folded that quilt up like a flag and walked off as proud and please as he could be.

This quilt was made by Marsha Biggs of Norwich, Vermont
This quilt was made by Marsha Biggs of Norwich, Vermont

A woman named Olivia chose the beautiful yellow and turquoise quilt made by my friend Joanne Shapp. Olivia could not believe that anyone would give her such an incredible gift. When I explained that quilters need folks to need what they make (so we can buy more fabric), Olivia laughed and she was tickled to know that she was an aid to such a wonderful addiction.

Olivia was one of the recipients who smiled all day. Her quilt was made by Joanne Shapp.
Olivia was one of the recipients who smiled all day. Her quilt was made by Joanne Shapp.

She was one of the folks who wore their quilts all day, looking so content.

Here are pictures of some of the quilt recipients.

Another happy recipient of a quilt by Bob Johnson
Another happy recipient of a quilt by Bob Johnson
This colorful quilt is also by Bob Johnson.
This colorful quilt is also by Bob Johnson.
Another Bob Johnson special. He donated eight quilts to the Parkinson's Comfort project this past winter.
Another Bob Johnson special. He donated eight quilts to the Parkinson’s Comfort project this past winter.
This quilt is by D. Schmiech of Danville, Vermont.
This quilt is by D. Schmiech of Danville, Vermont.
This bright red, white and blue creation is by Ellie Leach of Wells River, Vermont
This bright red, white and blue creation is by Ellie Leach of Wells River, Vermont
This amethyst quilt is also by Ellie Leach.
This amethyst quilt is also by Ellie Leach.
Quilt by Lynn Bohi of White River Junction, Vermont.
Quilt by Lynn Bohi of White River Junction, Vermont.
This colorful creation was made by quilter Nina Klinck.
This colorful creation was made by quilter Nina Klinck.
This quilt was made by Polly Ellerbe of Montpelier, Vermont.
This quilt was made by Polly Ellerbe of Montpelier, Vermont.
This gentleman is smiling because he's wrapped in a Polly Ellerbe quilt.
This gentleman is smiling because he’s wrapped in a Polly Ellerbe quilt.