Happiness is a Blue Blankie
Like most kids his age, Landon loves his blankie. But, his blankie had seen better days.
At some point in September or October, Landon received a package in the mail. He was surprised and happy to find a super comfy blue blanket, just his size...small enough to carry around but big enough to cover him when he was sleeping. It was also made of the blankie stuff he loves...wooly on one side, and soft and fleecy on the other. He brings his blankie everywhere, a well-worn bastion of solace and safety. Recently though, it developed a rip along the seams, not surprising because the blankie is always with him. He asked us to replace it with the same one...he was pretty disappointed when I told him it wasn't something we could just buy because it wasn't sold in stores. But that doesn't mean we couldn't try to track one down. 🤔
After a little searching, some communication, and kind people, something came in the mail again today...the same exact blankie that Landon received the first time! Yay! We are all so thankful for the people and organizations that work so hard to bring smiles to our faces, especially when they are sometimes harder to come by. 😊
The blanket was the result of a collaboration between The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Subaru Loves To Care. Together, they distribute thousands of blankets and arts and crafts kits yearly to patients around the country. I decided to take a shot in the dark and look for a contact that might be able to help. Pretty quickly I found Courtney Rinaldi, the Patient & Community Outreach Manager with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I sent her an email and a picture of Landon with his blanket. She was happy to help and immediately started the search. She was able to track down the exact same blanket in just a few days, which was a challenge given that there is more than one blanket design. The day after she let us know that it was being mailed to us, we received it...the exact same blanket that Landon adores. We really appreciate the love and kindness sent our way. Kids like Landon need people like her and organizations like the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Subaru Loves To Care to make their world a better place.
I'm Landon's daddy. I'm super amazed at how strong and brave he is, and you should be too!