Wednesday, August 05, 2009


Dear Jenny, Julia, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Kathy, and Barbara,

Wanted to send you some pictures of kids, teens, and returning troops who received the gift of love from Project Linus blanketeers! You all have been phenomenal with your talents and I want to send you some pictures for your websites!

I have had the honor of giving blankets to the children and to the troops who felt they were all on their own when they returned - and they were so proud when someone (YOU ALL!) remembered them with a blanket!

Thank you again for answering the call for the troops and their families.


Judith Mathewson, Lt Col, AKANG

Thank You

My son is currently in the Santa Clara Kaiser NICU and we were fortunate to receive a beautiful quilt from your organization. This quilt is very special to us as it adds a special touch to my son's little isolette. He came early and we never had a baby shower so to receive a special gift for our bundle or joy meant a lot to us. We will continue to use this quilt when we get home and it will go in his baby box when he out grows it so he can remember the quilt that comforted him, mommy and daddy while we awaited his release from the NICU. Its nice to see the blankets and quilts on the little isolettes of the other babies in the NICU too. It allows us to give our babies something special over the beds instead of the hospital blankets. I can't tell you how much it means to be given something special for our little one especially since we never had the time to go pick out something special for him ourselves.
Thank You,
Mary Lou and David H.


Thank you for the blanket, it made my daughter feel better.



Blanket Donation

We were given a blanket by the project during our first week our child
was in Santa Clara Kaiser's NICU. It was made by Phyllis and was pink
with crocheted white trim. It is beautiful like our daughter! It was
comforting to have a handmade blanket on our daughter's isolette to
show everyone that the pink one was our daughter! Thank you so much,
we have pictures of it on her isolette to show her when she is older.
We really appreciate the kindness and the time of the volunteers that
make these blankets.

With Love,

Jennifer and Kawika H.

Thank you for INA

Dear Ina of Project Linus,

Our family would like to sincerely thank you for the gorgeous white blanket we received while in NICU. Baby James was born on July 22nd and immediately checked in to NICU for pneumonia. During his stay, Paige gave us this lovely good blanket to take home with us. James is now home with us and healthy as ever.

We are forever grateful to the wondeful staff of the NICU and Project Linus for the incredible gift.


Jim, Jennifer, and Baby James

Thank you

Thank you Katie and Project Linus for such a beautiful blanket. Our son Jett was in the NICU at Good Samaritan Hospital. He was born 5 weeks early and since we were still in the process of getting things ready we hadn't washed anything for him. We are very thankful for the blanket, it kept him nice and warm in an air conditioned hospital. This is such a great organization to be able to help children and parents in a memorable way.

Jett, Jenna and Jerry G.

Thank You!

Dear Project Linus!
Thank you so much for our beautiful blankets. My daughters, Nicole and Brooke, and I love them. Thank you for all the love you put into making these precious blankets. My daughters love them so much that they are constantly holding them. They lost their Daddy, Commander Michael "Storm" N. in April 2002. These blankets are a reminder to us of our TAPS family, those who have also lost a loved one in the military and those who support and care for us like your organization. Thank you for your love.
God Bless,
Sylvia N.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Thanks (and Farewell) to Dolores Wright Tuesday May 19 1pm & 7pm

We will be celebrating Dolores' 6 years of service as coordinator of the South Bay/ San Jose, CA chapter of Project Linus at two 'gatherings' this month. Though we usually only have one session per month (either 1pm or 7pm on the 3rd Tuesday of the month), we wanted to give everyone an opportunity to come and say good-bye to Dolores as she and Bill are moving to Seattle by the end of the month, to be closer to family.

Please join us at either 1pm or 7pm at Dolores' home (2274 Elkhorn Ct. San Jose 95125).

It would be GREATLY APPRECIATED if you would please let Dolores know which session you'll be joining in on, so we can be sure to have enough chairs... :-)

Please contact Dolores at or 408-723-8097.

Hope to see you there!

Sharon Lee,
Incoming Chapter Coordnator

Barbara Ross
Incoming Asst. Chapter Coordinator

Saturday, April 11, 2009


HI there,
We received a beautiful hand knit blanket for our baby when he was in the NICU at Good Samaritan Hospital! We just wanted to take a moment to say thank you and express our appreciation for your volunteers. It is a very sweet and unxpected gift and we will treasure it!

Jackie and Luc

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

From a Mother who's child was in GoodSam

My daughter was at Good Sam Hospital for 6 weeks. It was a very difficult time for our family. She was given a blanket made by one of your volunteers (Shirley). It brought a smile to her face, and truly gave her comfort.

Thank you for the blessing,


Saturday, March 21, 2009

Another thank you

I got this email address off the chapters section of and just wanted to send you a very big thank you. Both of my children were hospitalized at the same time, My son in PICU and daughter on the pediatric floor of Santa Clara Kaiser for breathing problems. It has been a very hard time for our family and when they were admitted we hadn't been expecting a hospital stay so all we had was the clothes on our back, so these blankets that they recived helped add so much warmth to their hospital stay (and a splash of color in the hospital). They both cherish their blankets. Thank you so much for your volunteering and donation, we greatly appriciate all the work you do.

thank you so much,

Friday, March 13, 2009

From hadquarters

Every little stitch…..

How long does it take to make a memory? A
moment? A lifetime? Sometimes the moment IS the
lifetime and that becomes the memory to grasp.

The young mother sat in the rocking chair holding
her precious daughter in her arms. The tiny
infant was wrapped in a soft, pale pink blanket
with a shell stitch. As the mother rocked her
child, she sang the song that mothers have sung
for generations…”Lullaby and goodnight…” At the
same time, she traced the tiny features on baby
Danielle’s face and hands -- perfect fingers,
tiny button nose, rosy mouth that looked like she
had been kissed by an angel. Eyes closed,
motionless, silent. Tears rolled down the
mother’s cheeks as she sang and rocked and looked
at her newborn daughter - the daughter she had
anticipated and loved before she was even conceived.

She expected to be rocking her baby in her newly
decorated nursery, not a funeral home. She
expected to be welcoming family and friends to
meet little Danielle, not greeting them at her
wake. She expected to be choosing between
onesies and a full layette of pink outfits
perfect for a petite newborn princess. None of this was to be.

Instead, she held her daughter whose dreams would
not be fulfilled. Her daughter whose life ended
before it even began. Her daughter would never
wear those frilly dresses and bonnets. Her
daughter was swaddled in a blanket hand made by
another mother…perhaps a mother who knew the
heartbreak of loss. She noticed a small blue and
white tag sewn inside the blanket – Project
Linus. How kind that someone she had never met
would take the time to make such a beautiful
blanket, the only one Danielle would ever know.

When it was time to say the final goodbye to
Danielle, the mother chose to keep the blanket –
the only thing her daughter had ever touched. It
would become one of her most cherished
possessions, the only thing she would have left besides her memory.

Thanks to the generosity of Project Linus
volunteers, Hansen Mortuary in Phoenix, Arizona
provides bereavement blankets for families whose
dreams have been shattered with the death of
their child. The families who received these
blankets are moved beyond words to have one
thing, one precious thing, to keep that once held their baby.

To the volunteers who make these special
blankets, you have your own story as to why you
choose this particular mission. Many of you have
losses of your own or are close to someone who
has experienced this unique grief. For some of
you, this is your way of paying it
forward. Thank you for the humble healing
mission you have chosen. You will never know the
depth and breadth of your gift.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

An adoptee's Mother

To Project Linus,

I just recently finished my kinship class so I can hopefully adopt a close family friend. We were all given blankets for our children. I would just like to thank you for the blankets. My children were so happy to get them. They were all beautiful. Thank you for all you do for children in our area.


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

See-it all works!!

Hello Project Linus,
We would like to thank you for the adorable blanket. Our little one, Jacey, is in the NICU at O'Connor Hospital. The blanket is keeping her incubator covered while she sleeps and gets stronger.
Nicole and Peter

Monday, March 02, 2009

This is a family member who adopts a child

Good Morning Everyone;

I have just completed my eight week session of the Foster Pride /Adopt Pride Kinship/Relative training. Where at the end of this eight weeks I receive a beautifully hand crafted blankets, and I just wanted to take a few minutes out of our busy day and give everyone there that made these beautiful blankets in your group a sincere Thank you, for your beautiful generous gift for my grand daughter Cheyanne; if Cheyanne could talk I am sure this is what she would say so I am just saying it for her.

Thank you!

Monday, February 09, 2009

Todays thank you

I just wanted to send a quick note to thank you for making an isolette cover for our daughter Natalia. She was born at 25 1/2 weeks and is at the NICU in Santa Clara Kaiser. This blanket has been used to keep out light and reduce noises so that she can continue to sleep and have time to mature and grow.
We appreciate you taking the time to make this and we are getting good use from it.
Thanks again,

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Another tear jerker thank you

Nearly 5 years ago, my daughter Wendy Ford and her family (husband
Thomas, 10 year old Haley and 8 year old Patrick) attended a birthday
dinner for my other daughter Ronni. As they were on their back to
their Scottsdale, AZ home, on a Wednesday night at 8 p.m., a drunk
driver crashed into their van at nearly 60 mph. My daughter Wendy
died at the scene and little Haley died 20 days later at Phoenix
Children's Hospital as a result of her severe head injuries.
Fortunately, both Thomas and Patrick survived the physical impact of
the crash. The young 27 year old drunk driver is now serving 18 years
in prison.

For 20 days we hoped and prayed that our little Haley, an
accomplished dancer, would survive. When she ultimately succumbed to
her brain trauma, our family was asked, very lovingly by Donor
Network of Arizona, if we would be willing to donate her organs.
Without much hesitation, we agreed. After being taken off life
support for a very short time, Haley was declared legally brain
dead. For the next 24 hours, she was once again given oxygen to
maintain her healthy organs for transplant. Her heart was donated to
a 10 year old girl in California and her other organs to unknown
older recipients.

By now you may be wondering why such a sad story has been included in
your Project Linus newsletter..
..the reason is, during that 24 hour
"wait" period of determining who would be a match for Haley's organs,
our precious darling was given a light blue crocheted blanket from
YOU, Project Linus... it was heartwarming, even in a time of our
worst sorrow, to know that someone, who would be forever unknown to
our family, had taken the time to lovingly create this cover for little Angel.


Thursday, January 15, 2009

New Thank you

ThanK You so much for this great gifts May the Lord Bless You and may his light
continue to shine !you are a great blessing to many

Friday, December 19, 2008



Snowball Express

Thu Dec 18, 2008 9:30 am (PST)

For us, it's all over but the celebrating. For the moms and kids, today
is their day at Disneyland. The sun is shining, after a day of heavy
storms yesterday, and I know they will have the time of their lives. Our
Linus group was at the hotel from 10:30 am until 8:30 pm. We went with
1,000 blankets and there were 14 left when my helpers packed up to leave.
These were left at the registration desk for any late-comers. I can't
begin to tell you what a joy (and sorrow) to meet these wonderful people,
many of whom are truly struggling to survive, both financially and
emotionally, and are so grateful for this respite. The Snowball Express
group were there to meet their planes (donated by airlines), help them
register and get to their beautiful hotel rooms (also donated by the
hotels) and orient them to the activities planned for them and to
Southern California. Although we are rather cool for us this week, many
had left below 0 temps and blizzards.

Time and again we heard high praise for the roles that Project Linus,
TAPS and Gold Star Mothers have played in their lives. We can once again
pat ourselves on our backs for a job well done--and continuing. Thanks
again to all of you coordinators out there across this great country of
ours for helping to make this donation possible. It was truly the
highlight of our year, once again. It's hard to get back to normal. But
someone has just reminded me that Christmas is coming--soon! Oh, dear.
Fortunately, my grandsons will understand if is rather sparse this year.
They have very generous natures and, as teenagers, donate their time
often and regularly.

Thank you for this rare opportunity.
Cappy Brown
Project Linus Anaheim, CA

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Thanks from TAPS

On 9-11, I received a thank you from TAPS to share with all of you who
are helping with the mission of the children of TAPS. It brought back
so many memories of when we all banded together and got blankets back to
the East Coast. To me, the silence of no aircrafts in the skies was
frightening...and then Angelf Flight West and Air America were
authorized to fly first with blood services.

Recently when I asked for help for TAPS, there were 62 Chapter Coords
who signed on and have been continuing to help . Thank you one and all
for your compassion!

TAPS shared this message:"There's a
country of America which you have to defend, but there is also the idea
of America.America is more than just a country, is an idea!"

Thank you one and all,


Barb McLean, PL Coord No Idaho and Spokane Wa Chapter