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.
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.
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.
She was one of the folks who wore their quilts all day, looking so content.
Here are pictures of some of the quilt recipients.