Stories of Goodness
One of my favorite things at North Seattle Friends is the Stone Soup Quilting Ministry. Volunteers use donated materials to make approximately 100 adult-sized quilts per year as a gift of love and comfort for bone marrow and stem cell transplant patients.
Making quilts is fun, but the goodness begins with the amazing volunteers—stories of goodness in themselves. Let me tell you about them.
The Stone Soup quilters gather at 10 am on Mondays, but Margaret has already been at work for hours, gathering with other volunteers at her church to make hundreds of sandwiches to be distributed among homeless people in our community. Egg salad and other soft foods are common for the people who can’t chew easily.
Linda is retired from Harborview Hospital but still volunteers there at the AIDS clinic. She also takes an elderly friend grocery shopping every week.
Julia cares for her very ill husband who had a double lung transplant three years ago. In addition to making Stone Soup quilts, she uses her own materials to make quilts for the emotionally disturbed children of the Ryther Child Center.
Jamie can only join us in summer as she works for a school tutoring in English and math. But she spends her summer vacation volunteering at Stone Soup while at the same time caring for frail parents (in their 90s) and also makes quilts for Ryther.
Ann, Marne and Pam are more stories of goodness, but for another day. Please join me in blessing them all.
“Father God, thank you for these wonderful friends and this work we do together. Please bless them and the work we do for goodness, for grace, for beauty, for comfort and for love. Amen.”
Contributed by Patty Federighi, North Seattle Friends