Project Linus is a volunteer non-profit organization with a two-fold mission.
• First, it is our mission to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers”. • Second, it is our mission to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.
"Your beautiful blankets are so appreciated by the families with new babies!"
From St Joseph Community Center
Who the Chapter Serves
Albuquerque Firefighters Random Acts
Albuquerque Police Department - several sub-stations & special units
All Faiths Receiving Home
APS Title I - Homeless Teens
Bernalillo Academy Autism Facility
Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office
Birthright Bureau of Indian Affairs (17 pueblos)Casa Angelica
Catholic Charities Child & Family Development, City of Albuquerque
Desert Hills Residential Treatment Center
Evening Optimist Club
Families First, NM Department of Health
Family Promise, 1st United Methodist Church
First Christian Church Women's Ministry
Grief Center for Children
Henderson House - Women with children in transition
Kirtland Air Force Base Airman & Family Readiness
Kirtland Air Force Base Air National Guard Family Readiness
Lovelace West Side Newborn and Pediatrics
Lovelace Women’s Hospital Neonatal/newborn
New Futures High School
Peanut Butter & Jelly
Presbyterian Hospital Child Life Program
Presbyterian Hospital Kaseman Behavioral Health
Presbyterian Hospital Neonatal Unit – downtown
Ronald McDonald House
Safe House Formerly Women’s Community Center
St Joseph Community Center
UNM Hospital & Medical CenterChildrens units including-
Carrie Tingley, Child Life, Child Psychiatric, NICU/Developmental Care,
Pediatric Emergency Room, Pediatric Oncology
Veterans' Integration Center
Women’s Housing Coalition
In response to - Individual New Mexico family crises
such as death of parent or other close relative
in military, police, fire related service; death of child;
Local, national or international crises.
Special programs sponsored by Project Linus National.
The Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Project Linus Chapter, established January 1999, has provided nearly 65,700 blankets to children in crisis. February 2018
What a Project Linus blanket can mean
My name is Haley Turney & I live on Holloman AFB in Alamogordo. I recently was flown to UNM Hospital in ABQ where, due to complications, I delivered my son Jaxon 7 1/2 wks early. He was in the UNM NICU for 22 days. That was probably one of the hardest things I have ever had to go through. While in the NICU there was a beautiful quilt placed on his crib. When he was ready to go home & we were packing up, I tried to hand the quilt to the nurse. She said, "Oh no, honey. That is for Jaxon to take home." I started crying right there in front of everyone. It touched me so much to have that beautiful reminder of how lucky we are to have a healthy little boy. I only recently noticed the tag that said Linus Project. My husband & I are very grateful for the quilt & would like to hast an event. We are an Air Force family & have a wonderful squadron that loves to give back. If you could give me some specifications as to what is needed in addition to funds we would love to put something together here on base. We really feel lucky & want to give other families that same feeling during such a scary time.
Thank you so Much,
Haley Turney(Posted with permission of the author)
Tammy Whitney writes:
Dear Members of Project Linus, I would like to Thank all of you for all of your help. My daughter was born on 10-21-10. She contracted an infection just after birth and was in the NICU at Lovelace hospital in Albuquerque. She recieved a beautiful pink blanket from your organization. It really touched my heart! Your help is truely appreciated. My baby is home now and doing well. Thanks a million, Tammy and Audrey
Without the loving hands of our Blanketeers this would not be possible.
I am unable to be in attendance today to thank you in person, but I still want to share why my family donates regularly to Project Linus.
After a three year battle with infertility, a surgery and 120 shots, my husband and I were finally blessed to be expecting a baby. In-vitro fertilization is an exhausting, expensive, and an intensely controlled process that strips the joy out of planning a family. As a result, we decided to give ourselves a fun surprise by waiting until our baby’s birth to find out the gender. My pregnancy was easy, healthy, and nearly 10 months long; and we had no reason to believe anything would go wrong. That’s when my completely natural labor ended in an emergency Caesarian and the delivery of a baby that was unresponsive.
Instead of hearing our baby’s first cry, we were hearing “CODE PINK O.R. 3, CODE PINK O.R. 3”, followed by doctors and nurses rushing the room and an incubator sounding with alarms. The moment the doctor was supposed to be announcing “It’s a boy or girl”, we were praying that our baby was alive.
It was a matter of minutes that felt like hours, and it finally ended with relief. “Your baby is ok and we’re heading to the NICU for monitoring”, said the nurse. Tears were flowing down our cheeks and then I reluctantly asked her, “Is it a boy or a girl”?
“Oh, you don’t know? Well, let me find out”, she said. We were blessed with a girl.
Several hours later I saw her precious little face for the first time. She was hooked to machines with tubes and sensors all over her tiny body. Having not been able to hold her, I had to remind myself that I was her mom; that she was my baby. To this day, this seems so surreal.
She was wearing a pink knitted hat that had little frills around the edges and there was a knitted “lovey” in the corner of her incubator. I asked the nurse where they came from and she said, “Project Linus”. I’ll never forget that moment…my husband and I looked at each other and for the first time we realized that we weren’t alone in this. We were overwhelmed with emotion that someone we had never met, and will never meet, cared enough about us to spend their time and share their love to comfort our daughter. It was also at that moment that we were reunited as a couple, as new parents, as survivors of a trauma that in so many ways we endured separately.
Eleven days late and only 6 pounds, our daughter was a tiny but exceptionally alert baby that earned her way out of the NICU in a few days. Today she’s a fiercely independent 3 year-old that is full of energy, loves to go camping, and aspires to be a scientist like her mom!
We support Project Linus to enable volunteers like you to give other children and families comfort and hope. You stitch love into every one of your beautiful creations and it is felt by those that receive them. Thank you for dedicating your time and talent to such a wonderful cause.
While the memories of our daughter’s birthday don’t include the “‘It’s a girl’ announcement” and we don’t have the classic “crying baby delivery photo”, we found love in the most unexpected of places and that was one of the greatest surprises of all.