Linus: in WA and ID, working
Project Linus in WA State:
From WA MISS Chapter - Through the national office of the MISS Foundation, we were told that we could request a quilt square to be made in honor of each of our children who have died. The square would then be placed in the national memorial quilt that will be shown at the MISS Conference 2004. I (Kara) immediately wrote back to Melissa, coordinator for this quilt square project at MISS, and asked her if we could have one done for our Dakota. She said yes and then went on to assign our square to a random Project Linus Blanketeer. Melissa had no idea who that particular blanketeer was, nor what that person's location was.
A few days later, Melissa gets an email from the Project Linus volunteer who is making our Dakota's square. Turns out the volunteer lives very close to us, was reading about our KotaPress work, and at that moment looked up and saw an amazing rainbow. This volunteer, Roxann, felt moved to contact us. I was so touched by how she felt Dakota had affected her as she made the quilt square! So touched that she felt that rainbow had come from my Kota!!
Then something even more extraordinary happened. Melissa wrote to me again to say she had gotten the quilt square from Roxann and it was *beautiful*. And then Roxann told me she had made a duplicate square for me to have!!!! Again, I was soooo floored by her generosity. So Roxann mailed a package off to me.
When the package arrived, I was in the local cafe here. Again, I was floored. Roxann had not made a duplicate square!! She had made a whole pillow for me!!!!!! The pattern on it matched the quilt, but this was a whole, soft, beautiful, cushie pillow! On one side she created a duck for our Mrs. Duck Project, along with Dakota's name and dates. On the other side though, she had put the Dakota Tribe quote that I had discovered in Zona's book The Soul Would Have No Rainbow!!!!!
I just can't get over her generosity. I asked her more about Project Linus and how it works here in WA State. Roxann put me in touch with Lynn Mazer who is the South Puget Sound coordinator. And Lynn sent me a copy of their newsletter. So I wanted everyone here in WA -- and all over -- to know about this amazing and talented group of Blanketeers!! Here's the WA State info:
South Puget Sound, Lynn
Project Linus in ID State:
Thanks to all that supported
the Project Linus &
MISS Blanket Act of Kindness
Chapter MISS Foundation