She does not know the weight of the pin collection that lightens her spirit.
But the decorative pins on Dinah Filippone's vest have become so heavy that co-workers suggest she display the garment and don a new one.
The pins "are gifts of love from all my members," said Filippone, a greeter a Sam's Club. "I love my members."
Filippone, 78, greets those who enter the door and checks the sales slips of those who leave Sam's Club at Southridge Centre. During her nearly 10 years as a door greeter, she has become acquainted with many regular customers who stop to chat or give her hugs. About three years ago some began to give her pins to decorate the vest she wears at work.
"It started with three angels," said Filippone, whose collection has grown to about 300. "My members have brought me different kinds. They are all favorites. The members are so good to me."
She accepts all pins. The only requirement is the person who gives one to her must attach it to the vest. The front is covered but some space remains on the back of the vest.
"If you bring in a pin, you have to pin it on me," she said. "Then I give you a hug."
The variety is amazing. She has angels, shoes, pink ribbons, postage stamps, West Virginia state seals, a gingerbread man, butterflies, an anchor, Hard Rock Cafe, fish, guitar and numerous others.
"It all started with three little angels," she said. "The next thing I knew I was getting, not only angels, but as you can see everything. If they didn't love me they wouldn't give them to me."
Her regulars like to chat and joke with Filippone, whose nickname is Smiley.