Aug. 15, 2000 – Times – Inland Valley

 Local Chapter of National nonprofit group, with support of Levitz Furniture stores, reaches out to needy families with blankets, clothing.

     With the help of local volunteers and donations from a major furniture store, low-income families and children in need will get blankets, coats, hats and booties to keep warm during the winter.
     The La Verne, San Dimas, Claremont and Covina chapter of the Binky Patrol, with the support of Levitz Furniture stores, plans to provide quilts through the San Dimas Sheriff’s Department.
     Another local chapter of the Binky Patrol opened in Ontario over the weekend. It will work with the Ontario Police Department and help alleviate the rising demand in the area.
     “We can’t keep up with the demand,” said Meredith Bailey, Binky Patrol area coordinator. “As soon as we get more volunteers, we’ll spread out to more chapters.”
     The Binky Patrol, a national nonprofit organization with 15 volunteers in the local chapter, makes donations to the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, the Children of the Village in Pomona, and the San Dimas Sheriff’s Department and Rescue Unit.
     Additional fabric from Levitz Furniture and scraps donated by private individuals are used by volunteers of the Binky Patrol to make quilts and covers. Most items are distributed by local police departments to hospitals, foster homes and shelters, Bailey said. Children’s clothing also is made if the material donated is suitable, Bailey said. Since it began in 1996, the Binky Patrol has provided more than 60,000 blankets nationwide.
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