Thursday, January 14, 2010

Thanks from Near and Far

Hello ladies and Happy New Year. I have a little secret to share... one of the best things about Linus for me is that I have the official mailing address and therefore I am the first person who gets to read the thank you notes that come in. These days getting the mail usually isn't much fun. Friends correspond mainly by email, while credit card companies continue to send me their love notes via the post office. But every once in a while, I open the box to find a small handwritten envelope and I just know I'm in for a treat - a letter to all of us from a family whose child received a blanket, and sometimes even a note from the child themselves. In the past two days I received 2 such wonderful notes. Here they are for all to enjoy:
Dear ladies of the Linus Connection,
I apologize for taking so long to write. I want to thank you very much for the beautiful quilt that was given to our daughter when she was in Dell Children’s Medical back in August. She still has it lying on her bed.

We live in Colorado but our 2 daughters were outside of Austin, with their grandmother, while my husband and I were in Aspen hiking. While they were there, our 9 year old, Kelsey, was bitten by a rattlesnake and was airlifted into Children’s. My mother-in-law said that when they arrived at the hospital, Kelsey cried for 2 things… mommy and blankie. I was on my way to Austin so they couldn’t provide her with mommy just yet but one of the nurses ran and got her the quilt which quickly became her security blanket during her 4 day stay.

I am so grateful for women like your group who take your time to make and provide the hospital with quilts that provide such comfort to little ones who are hurting and scared. The quilt, given to our daughter, will always be a reminder of the comfort she received during a very frightening time.

She is doing well now and is actually snowboarding this weekend!

Kristin F.
Lone Tree, CO


Dear Linus,
We just wanted to write to you about how much it meant to us for you all to give Dallas his ‘boot’ blanket! When Dallas was 5 months old (he’s 16mo. now) he spent 7 weeks in intensive care trying to fight croup and RSV flu. We spent Christmas in the hospital that year and it was people like you that brightened our days during that trying time. Thank you so much for giving your time and love to something that really touches us still today! You are all such special people.
Lots of love & God bless, Austin, Bridget, & Dallas
We delivered over 4,200 blankets in 2009. Each has a story behind it just like these.

All of the thank you notes which we receive are added to a notebook that is at all of the Linus monthly meetings. You should really stop by and check it out if you haven’t already. The 2009 book is completely full of wonderful notes and 2010 will surely see the same if this week is any indication.
My number one New Year’s Resolution is to double the number of Linus blankets I make this year from last year’s number. Wouldn’t it be great if we could all do that?! I had better go get started right now!

The Linus Connection    P.O. Box 29491    Austin, Texas 78755
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