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27. A Gift of L.O.V.E.

Throughout Michael Jackson’s life and career as the world’s greatest entertainer, there was always one thing that remained consistent...the special relationship he had with his fans. He treated us with the utmost dignity, respect and love. He dedicated his life to us, publically declaring, "I am married to my fans." They say you never forget your first love and I believe for Michael, his fans were his first love.

He knew that the love of his fans was the one thing that he could always count on. Our love nourished him in the good times and carried him through the bad times. Now we have an opportunity to do the same thing for his mother and children, through the Patchwork Blanket Project on The Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait.

Each quilt is made up of patches that contain the name and the love of a fan. That is what makes them so special; they contain the energy of love. These quilts, and the love they represent, will help nourish them in the good times and carry them through the bad times, just like we did for Michael.

So how do you choose which family member’s blanket to get your patch in? Some people feel the need to have a patch for all of them. Others will be drawn to the person they feel a special connection with. Paris and I share the same birthday, April 3rd. For some reason, that makes me feel a special connection with her that I want to honor.

Perhaps you are a mother who lost a child and therefore you feel a special bond with Katherine. If so, then you will want to get a patch for her because she will be able to feel the energy of your love. Maybe you are an oldest child who empathizes with Prince and the responsibility that he must feel now in being the oldest. Are you a daughter who has a close relationship with your father? Paris no longer has that opportunity, so she could certainly benefit from the love you would bring to her through your patch. Maybe you feel a special bond with Blanket in being the youngest, knowing that he is probably the one who understands it the least.

Whatever your reason for wanting a patch, it’s the love behind it, that makes it meaningful. Whether you want to get one of them or all of them, your gift of a patch in their quilt is really a gift of love. It’s a tangible way for them to experience the depth of love that Michael always felt from his fans.

Your gift will help Katherine, Prince, Paris and Blanket feel wrapped in love. 

 If you feel so inclined, please share with us which family member's quilt you decided to get your patch in and why.

                  "I'm married to my fans" - Michael Jackson

 Lots of L.O.V.E.

Linda Higgins

Director of Community Development

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