Friday, December 09, 2005


Have you done any charity stitching, been in one, or would like to organize one? This is one of those times when I should just shut up, but you know I can't. Is this question literate? I mean, we all know what is meant, but can you parse it? I thought not.

My immediate response to this question was, "ugh!" And my perusal of responses demonstrated that there were only a few ways to answer this question:

  1. "Oh, no, I'm too much of a perfectionist."
  2. "I really should, but..."
  3. "Yes, of course, let me tell you how self-satisfied I am or how charity makes the world revolve."
  4. "No, but I gave at the office."

I've always been one of those people who believed some things are just private, religion among them (esp now with the demogogues telling us that liberals hate Christmas). Some stuff you should just do, and then shut up about it. The charity that hastens to proclaim its good deeds, ceases to be charity, and is only pride and ostentation.--William Hutton


Lee said...

Exactly right.

"Be careful not to do 'good works' in front of others. Don't do them to be seen by others..... When you give to the needy, don't let your left hand know what your right hand is doing."

Barbara said...

I didn't really understand your response. Granted, the question was pretty awkwardly worded (was it put forward by a non-native English speaker?) but I thought the idea of it was clear enough. And what's wrong with charity stitching? It's got nothing to do with religion and saying that you do it doesn't make you sanctimonious. It's a nice opportunity to make someone happy doing something that you love. (Or so it has seemed to me.)

Dianne said...

Go to and find your answer to why charity stitching is worthwhile. The children chose their own quilt themes. I've seen a little girl with her quilt over her and she was smiling. She passed away the next day. The kids are why I've done charity stitching for over 6 years (almost 40 squares!). They really do appreciate them and I love making the squares.