Monday, December 12, 2005

More Wonderful thank you notes

Hello, we are parents of a child at Kaiser Santa Clara,
we received one of your blankets a week ago and
just wanted to thank you for your thoughtfulness
and generosity.

Joe and Njoki

We received a beautiful baby blanket for out daughter (born 11/28/05 - 2 months premature) at the Kaiser Hospital, Santa Clara. The blanket was made by Bev. It was such a surprise to receive the blanket at a time when we were stressed out over the health of our newborn. We are fortunate that our daughter, Kira Clark, appears to be thriving in the NICU at Kaiser Hospital.

Please thank Bev for the beautiful blanket. The blanket is covering her isolete in the NICU unit and makes it feel cheerful and more like home.

Please send information where we can send a donation to Project Linus.

Thank you again....
Jennifer and Tomas Clark
We received this note at HQ from a mom who received a blanket for her son.
You're welcome to share it with your blanketeers:

I'm a nurse in the very same NICU where my son was recently a
patient. I've known for years how important your blankets are to our
babies and their families. I just never expected to be one of those
families. My son died almost a month ago and one of the few tangible
reminders I have of him is the beautiful, white Project Linus blanket
he was given while in the NICU. Although my son only lived two days,
the blanket holds many memories for me. He was baptized wrapped in
that blanket and whenever I couldn't be with him, I kept the blanket
with me. Now whenever grief overwhelms me, I take the blanket out of
his memory box. It's a comfort to me now just as it was a comfort to
my precious baby while he was sick. Words cannot thank you enough
for the wonderful work you all do.
Just wanted to share a note I received yesterday from a young mother in

"Richmond Metro Chapter:

I just wanted to take a minute to tell you thank you so much for all
you've done for the "Katrina" hurricane area. My husband is a police officer
and was assigned to one of the shelters after the hurricane (and during it,
too!). I was 7 mos. pregnant during the storm.
We were blessed-our house only had slight amount of water and light storm
damage, however we had no blankets and no where to get any warm blankets to
bring our baby girl home in. One of his last nights at the shelter he found a
hand crocheted pink and white blanket. He knew I'd love it and it would be
much needed for our winter time baby. Well on November 20th our baby girl
"Emmaleigh" was born. We've had cold weather ever since-so her beautiful blanket
has been priceless! I taped the little card in her baby book along side the
Katrina papers. Her blanket will be forever cherished and the history
behind it will be a wonderful story for her. We appreciate your generosity,
prayers and support during this time in our lives. God Bless.

David, Angel & Emmaleigh King"

This is an awesome group to work with. Way to go!!

Helen Coalter
Hi everyone,
This note was sent by Julie in Covington LA. She requested blankets a short
time ago for hurricane victims and many of you were able to help. I have
been so grateful to all of you for your help in coming to the aid of our
affected chapters, but I am also in awe of those chapter coordinators and
volunteers who were victims of the hurricane yet still find the time and the energy to
deliver blankets to families who have experienced this disaster. Our total
as of today is 25,519 blankets delivered to hurricane victims. Thank you to

Dear Mary,
I am so sorry that this e-mail is getting to you so late, but it seems as if
things just won't ever be the same. Please do me a favor and pass this
message on to the chapters who so lovingly gave when we really needed their help.
I want them to know that Darlene and I thank them from the bottom of our
hearts. It's hard to believe that it will soon be Christmas. New Orleans and
the surrounding areas still look like war zones-no lights at night, still a
lot of blue roofs and very few stores opened because most people are either
gone or have no money. People are really trying to get in the holiday spirit.
Makes the saying "Jesus is the reason for the season" ring so true!!!
You will get a more detailed report in the future, but I thought I would let
everyone know approximately where the majority of blankets went:
100 Children's Hospital (re-opened and transferred 80% of children from
various hospitals in Baton Rouge in mid Oct)
100 St. Tammany Hospital (took Oschner overflow pediatric ward in N.O.)
100 Slidell Evacuation Centers
OakHarbor, Immanuel Baptist Church and Aldersgate Methodist
50 Lakeview Regional Pediatric Ward and NICU
40 Oschner NICU
20 St Tammany Fire Station #4569 (Families lost everything)
27 Individuals

I have gotten phone calls from Ronald McDonald's House, Angels Place and
Fairhaven's Children's Home (all were destroyed, but are rebuilding) and have
put blankets in reserve for them. This leaves us with approximately 75
blankets. However, Hosanna Lutheran will be donating soon and so will several other
We could not have done this without your help. I wish I could tell you the
stories of the faces and the tears I shed when they asked the question "Is
this really all mine?". Most of these children own a few pieces of clothing from
Goodwill, but now, because of you, they own a blanket made with love from
"Project Linus".

Thanks and Love

Julie & Darlene


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