Quilters are among the happiest people I know.
And there is a reason why.
According to a story in USA today by Ken Pope:
CHARITY IS MORE ABOUT HAPPINESS THAN WEALTH
"Degree of one's charity depends on happiness more than wealth; A Gallup poll done for the Charitable Aid Foundation finds more correlation between happiness and giving than between wealth and giving."
"So it's true. Money doesn't buy happiness. Giving does."
As I associate with quilters, I see so many charitable acts of kindness being performed. And I see the happiest of women.
Now I understand more fully why.
Just one cause many quilters are involved in this year is the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge sponsored by American Patchwork & Quilting. Their theme: Make A Pillowcase/ Make a Difference.
We are asked to donate our pillowcases to local charities to "show the world how caring quilters are."
Many quilt shops are the gathering place for our donations.
Yesterday I heard the most wonderful story from Lori Pallas, manager of Quilted Works in St. George, Utah.
Lori often takes her 13 year old daughter to a local rest home as a way to teach Charity within their family. On last weeks visit, Lori presented a stack of pillowcases that had been donated by the customers of Quilted Works. Not only did the pillowcases brighten the rooms of the aged, but it also brought tears to the eyes of the staff. They thanked her sincerely, and said "that sometimes they feel forgotten".
The experience had such an impression on Lori's teenage daughter, that now her friends are asking to come along on the next visit.
I see happiness in these girls future.