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.”


Happy Thanksgiving!

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We are very thankful for all of our Project Linus Blanketeers!


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 Mystery Quilt Voting Has Begun!

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Voting for the Project Linus Mystery Quilt Contest has begun!  42 finalists have been chosen and voting for your favorite Gracie Get Well Garden quilt will determine the winner.  There is a $1 per vote charge with a $10 minimum.  Your voting is considered a donation to Project Linus National Headquarters and may be tax deductible.  Anyone can vote through February 17 and you can vote more than once.

With over 1,000 participants in this contest, there are two Nevada County quilts in the finals:  #29 from Lisa LaBarbera (a Nevada County Chapter Blanketeer!) and #14 from Elizabeth Friedel.  All of the submitted quilts are awesome and it’s evident each entry was made with love.

The winning quilt will be selected February 18.  Good luck to Lisa and Elizabeth and thank you all for your support!

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.


Grateful Parent

2016 Beale AFB Baby Shower

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Thanks to the dedicated Blanketeers of the Project Linus Nevada County Chapter, the 2016 Beale Air Force Base Baby Shower was a success!  Here’s a photo and comments from the Beale coordinator:

We had 113 people in attendance at the Baby Shower and each family
was blessed with a quilt from you all!  I have attached the group photo of
the families with their blankets.

You all are such a wonderful group and our Airmen and their families are continually blessed by you! Thank you for all you do!

Last year, some of you were able to recognize your blankets in the photo.  This year, we have more smiling faces to remind us of why we do what we do.

Thank you to all who donated blankets for this event.  We’ll be participating next August, so keep those blankets coming!



In keeping with the spirit of the season…..

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We have collected many, many thank you notes from parents all over the country, thanking various Project Linus Chapters for blankets received.  In this season of thankfulness, we’ll be publishing a letter a day from grateful parents, grandparents and sometimes the children themselves!  We hope you find these letters as inspiring as they are to us!

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