A Little Friday Inspiration

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Our Chapter delivered blankets to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital ER this morning. As I walking through with 3 very large bags of blankets slung over my shoulders, a staff member called out, “More blankets? Thank you! We love the blankets. They are the BEST blankets!”.  I thanked him and continued through the area as a wave of “thank you!” sounded from all around the ER.

We also received this note from Project Linus National Headquarters, sent in by a parent:

This organization meant the world to me when my 20 month old was hospitalized for 4 days. We rushed him to the ER not thinking to grab anything on our way out the door. Once at the hospital I remember thinking I don’t have any of the things that will comfort him when he wakes up. Luckily the nurses immediately put one of these blankets on him and it made me feel like he had something to comfort him through an awful time. Thank you so much for this wonderful cause.  It means the world to parents everywhere.

A good way to start the St. Patrick’s Day weekend!  Thank you Blanketeers!

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The Power of a Blanket

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While none of us expects to be “thanked” for the opportunity to ensure children in traumatic situations receive a warm Project Linus blanket hug, these notes demonstrate the value of a blanket and the impact they have.  These thank you’s go to all of the volunteers who support our Chapter:

“My 3 year old son who attends St. Rose Preschool in Santa Rosa received a lovely blanket from the Linus Project and we can’t thank your organization enough! We lost our home and his school in the wildfires. So great to know there are such wonderful organizations. The blanket means a lot to us. Thank you.”

“My son would like to thank you for the quilt he got when he had to get stitches last night. He held it all night long.”

“My daughter was recently admitted to the hospital for 3 days due to diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. She was very sick at that time. No blankets or clothes were brought as it was an unexpected hospitalization. Her face lit up when she received a flaming tie blanket. 4 months later it is still near and dear to her heart and she sleeps with it every night. It gave her such comfort that day she received it. Thank you!”

“Hello. I received one of your blankets from the hospital. I got it when I had a rape kit done shortly after a rape… I haven’t slept without it since. It makes me feel… Protected and strong. It reminds me of how far I have come in life and how something small can help anyone. Truth be told I fear the day that my blanket will be unusable…. I don’t go anywhere without it and I refuse to sleep unless I have it. According to my family I have slept much better at night and seem at ease when I have it with me. The blanket and the project is an amazing thing.”

“Just wanted to send you guys a message of thanks! I received a Project Linus blanket two years ago…I never felt more like a lost child then the morning by mom suddenly passed away. The responders brought me that blanket and I clung to it for weeks. It took me a while to even discover the tag and your organization. I definitely plan on donating soon! I felt I needed to share with you just what a difference that small blanket was for me. You’re a fantastic organization and I wish you all the best!”

“Hello- I am a mom of a heart warrior who recently lost his battle with CHD. My friends have all rallied together to make baby blankets in his honor. They remember me telling them about how I received a blanket from Project Linus during my son’s first hospitalization and how much the blanket meant to us…Thank you.”

“I have a Project Linus blanket from when my sons were in the NICU at University of TN hospital. We thought it was a beautiful quilt and started crying crocodile tears when the nurses told us we could take it home. We loved that some cared enough about our children before they were even born to make a quilt. Now 4.5 years later, my boys are wild little men. I have also started quilting and I hope to be able to donate some quilts to help someone else thru those rough times.”

A Bit of Inspiration

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This story came from ER personnel at a hospital in Oregon:

A little boy came into the ER crying with fear. He wasn’t the patient—his
Mom was—but he was so scared. The ER nurse decided that if any child ever
needed a Project Linus blanket, he did. They gave him a fleece blanket with lady bugs
on it. His new blanket was just what he needed and pretty soon, his fears
forgotten, he was running up and down the ER hall wearing his blanket as a
cape. The ER personnel named him “Super Bug!”.

Just shows the power of a Project Linus blanket to calm a frightened child.

Project Linus: The Reason We Do This

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From a grateful parent:

I just wanted to say thank you.

3 years ago this month my son, Nolan, was born and rushed into the NICU. Although we knew this would happen ahead of time and the staff at the hospital were amazing, this was an extremely difficult time.

One morning we went to visit Nolan to find a basket on the window bench of his room. Someone had learned that Nolan had a 4 year old sister and gave her a basket from her little brother.  The basket had some coloring supplies, 2 teddy bears (one green the other white), and a blanket with a tag that said Project Linus. Katie chose to give the white bear to Nolan to go to Heaven with and to this day says the green one was given to her by her brother.

For about the first 2 years Katie slept with her “Nolan Blanket” every night and cuddled with it every time she was missing him. She truly believes that he asked someone to make it for him special to give to his big sissy. It doesn’t matter that he never made a sound, that is what we told her and because she was so young and she loves her Nolan Blanket so much, she believes it without question.

Although the Nolan Blanket is now folded safe in the top of the closet and she doesn’t depend on it as she used to, she still asks for it to be taken down every once in a while (3 years later) because it makes her feel close to the brother she barely got to know, it still brings her comfort and love.

Something as simple and small as a basket with a blanket in it made a big difference in my life but it made a HUGE difference in my daughter’s life. So thank you for what you do.

Sincerely,

Grateful Parent

Inspiration for December 31

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Project Linus:

Back in 2004 my ex-husband committed suicide leaving behind three boys only 10, 12, and 14 years old.  This was unfathomable—our whole world turned upside down.  Never in a million years can anyone understand the pain this caused, and actually still occasionally causes his children.

I really don’t remember the day my kids received the blanket from Project Linus, and I don’t even know if I sent a thank-you note.  I think there was a little stuffed animal tied to a very cute quilt. My youngest son, slept that night with the blanket on his bed, not knowing who actually gave him the blanket and I don’t think knowing why it was given to him. The other boys probably received one too, but I remember him putting the blanket up to his face and keeping it on his lap while he watched television with a complete blank stare.

Conversations about their dad aren’t necessarily held often.  When they do ask I try and tell stories that make him human, things they can put his faded face to. I can’t help but think if he had given them any thought, he might have reacted to his life a little differently.

Pulling out Christmas decorations a couple weeks ago I came across the blanket in a box, bringing back a flood of memories.  Good memories of wonderful people I have never met who make these blankets with nothing but love.  Just in case I never said “thank you” I want to make sure I do that now. I also want them to know their love and compassion is felt and the blankets truly do offer security as well as warmth. Something I myself only realized when I wrapped the blanket around my own shoulders this morning. “Thank you” to those who make and donate the blankets to children who need something extra in their little lives.  I want you to know that even though you aren’t always thanked in the moment doesn’t mean you did not make a difference in the lives of the children (or their mother).

Merry Christmas to everyone involved with Project Linus.  Keep up the loving work you provide during a time of need, whether or not we know we need it.

Humbly yours,

(name withheld)

Inspiration for December 30

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From a children’s advocacy center:

“When we have children who come in that are sexually or physically abused or neglected, one of the ways we try to comfort them is to present them with a cozy blanket. We think a blanket, much like a hug, wrapped around a hurting children can bring a sense of security and comfort.

Recently we had a couple of beautiful Project Linus blankets that we presented to a brother and sister who had been in an extremely abusive home. The little boy immediately wrapped himself up in it and fell asleep.

So many of the children come from homes where they have no ownership of anything. Having their own special blanket seems to matter a great deal. Every child deserves to feel safe and loved…. your blankets do that.”

Inspiration for December 29

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Just writing a little email to you all to let you know how wonderful your organization is. My husband and I just had our very first baby and lost her that same day. One of the Project Linus crocheted blankets came to us that day and it has provided so much comfort to all of us since. I wanted to thank you for how much your organization can help in the healing process while we grieve. Our baby girl was wrapped with love in the blanket. Thank you so much.

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