Welcome to Binky Patrol!
We are an all volunteer, national, non-profit organization making and distributing homemade blankets to children born HIV+, drug-addicted, infected with AIDS or other chronic & terminal illnesses, those who are abused, in foster care or experiencing trauma of any kind. Our recipients are from 0-18.Share
Bink-A-Thon & National Make A Difference Day
Time to plan your Bink-A-Thon for October 26. Join a local chapter or host your own event. Learn how. Find a place, get some friends, gather materials, bring coffee!
Children's Lifesaving Foundation helps at risk and homeless children and teens transform their lives through education, compassion, and living assistance. Our Santa Monica Chapter donated a bunch of binkies to these teens. Teens are the ones most underserved by programs such as ours because people always seem to like to make little items that are cute for babies and toddlers. The teens need binkies more than ANY group we serve!
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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Kids, teens, adults find themselves needing community service hours from time to time. This can be for school, a service organization, referral by a local judge - it doesn't matter. We look at it as an opportunity to expose an unlikely volunteer to Binky Patrol, and show them how easy it can be to make a difference AND meet community service requirements.
Easy instructions for making fleece blankets.
This Tutorial will get you started on crocheted edging on a blanket for your local chapter! Enjoy!
This tutorial will teach you how to make a VERY basic quilt for Binky Patrol.
Learn how easy it can be to have a Bink-A-Thon. We have it all planned out with ideas based on 15 years' experience. It's fun and can be easy with a team!
Troops 40905, 40223 and several others have been joined by local families, teens having parties to make binkies to be delivered to local area children and teens in need.
Want to reach a targeted audience? Consider donating $100 - $300 to Binky Patrol for the year and have your ad on the home page either at the top or in the right column of all inside pages. The money will be used for events, batting, Girl Scout patches and more.
This article is in answer to a many emails from people who say they want to help make blankets, but don't know how to donate them, where to send them, etc. Please read this article to get these answers.
A binky is a homemade blanket that can be sewn, knitted, crocheted or quilted. They range in size from 3 feet square up to twin bed size. (Sometimes we get requests for smaller binkies, 2' x 2' for our little Preemie babies, stroller size and our Binky Angels.)
Chapters near you
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