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Susan and Heather Kraafter talked about all of the ways you can get involved making binkies, kids, too, community service, churches, companies and more while they make a binky online with fleece and scissors only.
Join one of of our chapters to help comfort these children!
195 Blankets, 110 volunteers, 6 hours. AWESOME way to spend MLK. 2014. It was a way to bring together a lot of ages.
It's a fun event to host - think about is in your area - gather a bunch of people with SHARP scissors. SHARP - really, or they will all be "borrowing" them from those with sharp scissors.
Get some fabric donated, including sheets from local hotels, cut aways from clothing manufacturers, interior designers - just so it can be washed and is soft. Gather people with machines - they can all plug in and GO, GO, GO!
There are two sides to the faces of Binky Patrol: Those who receive binkies and those who make and deliver binkies. Most people know we give to ANY CHILD or TEEN in need of comfort - there is no judgment as to why they need comfort, what caused their circumstances: rich, poor, sick, sad, hurt, Christian, Muslim, LDS, Hindu, Buddhist, agnostic, athiest, gay, straight. Don't care, don't care, don't care. Same goes for our volunteers When someone has a giving heart, the time to make a difference and they can spell, compose a good sponsor letter and press release (or can get a volunteer who can help them with their chapter) - we want them! THE KIDS NEED THEM! We need people who step out of themselves, their pettiness, their smallness and look at the unselfish picture and mission of touching lives with a gift to remind these recipients they are LOVED and not INVISIBLE.
Do you hear that? We want all types of volunteers. Just because I'm Catholic and my volunteers are various other denominations, creeds, etc. still makes us all the same if we have the same non-egotistical, non-judgmental mission to HELP BRING COMFORT TO CHILDREN AND TEENS IN NEED. This is the end of this discussion. It's not open for debate.
On the pity pot? Lonely for a group of quality people? Just moved somewhere? We may be your organization. A lot of freedom, but some pretty strict guidelines. Most of them are stated above. If that works for you - WELCOME!
Susan Finch, Founder
Binky Patrol’s Portland, OR chapter, run by Susan Finch, our founder, partners with Hands On of Greater Portland twice yearly for Bink-A-Thons In March over Martin Luther King weekend, there were around 100 volunteers busily sewing and pinning blankets. This April, on Comcast Cares Day, they produced 190 binkies together in conjunction with donations of meals from Comcast employee/volunteers and donations of coffee from Starbucks. Some volunteers return every year while others are new to the events.
The partnership began in 2009 and there have been 8 or 9 big events since. The blankets go to Northwest Children’s Outreach, a non-profit volunteer run clearing house for donated kids’ clothes, blankets and toys, serving children in the four county metro area around Portland. Melia Tichenor is the Hands On Volunteer Leader and the Eastside Program Manager.
If you’d like to know more or donate toys, clean clothing in good condition or help out at one of the BAT’s you can contact her at (503)200-3370 or the Binky Patrol Portland Oregon chapter through the chapter list on our home page. Great work, folks!
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Our volunteers are all very special people and their time and effort is greatly appreciated.
A few weeks ago, I had contacted TAP’s to see if they could use our blankets, since our divisions customers are the retired and honored military. They asked for 150 blankets for their Memorial Day Good Grief Camp.
"Charity Quilt Day" March 29th Wraps Up "National Quilt Month"
During the past three years, the organization has made and distributed 1,091 binkies, which are handmade blankets given to children who need comfort.
Here is a streamed link to a recent KSBR radio show celebrating Binky Patrol's 7 year anniversary. You need Windows Media Player to listen. Streaming courtesy of www.Playstream.com CLICK HERE to listen.
This is our third year participating in this local parade. It was a great time and a GORGEOUS DAY in Laguna Beach.
The binkies used in the parade will be donated to the Laguna Beach Community Clinic for their prenatal classes.
Her son, Michael, was only 2 weeks old.