It’s time to shine a spotlight on another knitting charity that was featured by KnittingforCharity.org in the past. Today we’re looking at Binky Patrol, which was first featured at this website in July 2007. How’s it doing today, nearly 8 years later?
Binky Patrol: Then & Now
It’s still going strong, certainly. As of 2012, Binky Patrol estimated that they had delivered over 750,000 binkies to needy children. That’s well over the amount reported in 2007 (which was 300,000), and it’s probably increased even more since that particular update was posted 3 years ago. Over 140 chapters exist all over the United States. If you want to make Binkies, chances are good there’s a chapter near you; if there isn’t, you can send your Binky(ies) to one of two headquarters offices. (Or you could start your own chapter! Careful instructions and a preliminary application can be found here.) A quick look at Binky Patrol’s “Who Receives Binkies?” page shows the many, many types of facilities where Binkies are distributed. These include homeless shelters, hospitals, children’s services departments, health departments, parenting resources, church children’s ministries, crisis centers, domestic violence shelters, NICUs, and many more. You can see just how the organization lives up to its ringing mission statement that can be listened to and watched in this video. Who receives Binkies? Just as in the past, all kinds of children receive them. Children who are homeless, fighting addictions, survivors of trauma, survivors of natural disasters…in short, children who are needy in any way receive Binkies. Binky Patrol never stops to ask whether a child “deserves” a Binky. In their minds, if a child asks for one, s/he should receive one. No questions asked.
How You Can Help
There are tons of ways you can help Binky Patrol! The most obvious way, of course, is to make Binkies. A Binky — that is, a blanket — can be whatever you want to make, as long as it is soft and washable and at least 35 inches long. It can be knitted, crocheted, sewn, quilted, or no-sewn. Do keep in mind, though, that Binky Patrol says they always need more Binkies for boys ages 12 to 18. If you make them about the size of a sofa throw blanket, it should be big enough. You can look at the (very reasonable and un-restrictive, in my opinion) guidelines here. You can help in many other ways, too! You can help online by spreading the word and/or using the iGive toolbar explained in this article. You can make a monetary donation or donate yarn, needles, thread, fabric, or any supplies that might be used to make blankets. Or, you can start a chapter or help deliver Binkies. Binky Patrol lists these ideas and more here. Binky Patrol is a powerhouse of a knitting charity that can always use more knitters! So if this is an organization you would like to support, I encourage you to find a local chapter (or consider starting your own) and enjoy making a difference with an established knitting charity!