Meet Dottie DupontA Christmas Volunteer, Wrapper of Mothers' Gifts
From: North Easton
College Attended: Mass College of Art
Favorite color: Changes every year,
current favorite is aqua
Favorite movie:
Good Will Hunting
Favorite song:
Amazing Grace
Favorite quote:
Poem given out with scarves and gloves:
This hat and scarf made with love,
Especially for you,
Will guard against the winter's blast,
And cold winds blowing through.
A bit of yarn in loving hands,
Will keep you snug and warm,
A bit of hope will warm a heart.
And calm the fiercest storm.
May you see God's love unfold In humble
kindness every day,
And find the grace within your heart,
To share His hope along your way.
Can you tell me a little about yourself?
I was born and raised in Brockton. I knew from the age of eight that I wanted to be an artist, so I became a graphic designer and I've been able to earn a living at it for 45 years. I spent a lot my childhood being unable to run and jump as other children do, so I drew on reams and reams of paper. That's how I knew what I wanted to do with my life. Throughout the years, I have worked in advertising, textbook design, children's magazines and book design.
What are your interests outside of My Brother's Keeper?
I attend a painting class on Mondays at the senior center and teach watercolor classes on occasion. I have also done some freelance book design. My other favorite pastimes are writing and genealogy. I just published my first novel, The Winds of County Down, the first in a trilogy covering five generations of women in my family. The story begins in Scotland, follows my family to Ireland, and then to the United States. The story takes place from 1828, all the way to my wedding day. I've been working on the series for about six years and I am excited to have the first one published. My book is sold on, but I've also sold them to friends and family, some at My Brother's Keeper.
What is your favorite piece that you have painted?
My favorite painting is the cover design of my book, which is my vision of my great grandmother within a map of County Down.
What work do you do when you come to My Brother's Keeper?
I first came to My Brother's Keeper when I retired six years ago. I'm there every Thursday for "Community Day" and I try to never miss a day. I wrap Christmas gifts and baskets for mothers and I absolutely love it. We start putting these gifts together in January and continue until the end of November. It's amazing to me how many hats and scarves I wrap because we have some people who will knit a hat a day for the Christmas ministry. We already have over 200 tote bags because we have wonderful people who take the time to sew them at home. Sewing is not something that I do, so my job is to be a wrapper. We give gifts with dignity and put our best effort into every gift we wrap. I always put in a poem to say, "This gift has been made especially for you, as you have been shown this love, may you show it to other people."
What keeps you coming back to My Brother's Keeper?
The people. I've met the friendliest, sweetest people at My Brother's Keeper. I've never heard a cross word from anyone here and the people are so helpful, loving and kind. As an artist, I am a little introverted while I am working on my projects, and they always make sure to engage me, which is a wonderful thing. It's a very loving thing.
What is the most important lesson that you have learned in your life so far?
We have so much going on in our lives that when someone is mean to us, it is hard to not take it personally. However, I have learned that when someone is mean to me, it has a lot more to do with them, than it does with me. I tell myself that it's not about me, it's about a soul that is hurting and by turning the other cheek, maybe I can help heal that soul.
Thank you, Dottie, for making a difference at My Brother’s Keeper!
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