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.

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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.

http://www.projectlinus.org/contest/voting/

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.

Sincerely,

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!
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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!

Kudos From National!

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Project Linus Headquarters received this  note from a parent:

I had my baby at White Plains Hospital on November 11th.  He had to go directly to the NICU.  I couldn’t even see him.  It was a wonderful but difficult experience.  After some days in the hospital my baby and I were able to go home.  My sister gave me a newborn snow coat, but it was too big for him.  The nurse gave me a Project Linus blanket which helped me take my baby warm and cozy back home.  After that time at the hospital and seeing him at the incubator, having that blanket was very emotional.  He now loves that blanket to sleep.  Every time I see it, it reminds me that there are nice loving people helping someone else that they don’t even know and that brings a smile to my face.  Thank you!!!!!

Thank you Blanketeers for all you do!

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