Binky Patrol is devoted to reaching out to needy children, including HIV-positive, drug-addicted, neglected, abused, or children experiencing trauma in any way. Binky Patrol volunteers bring a caring, loving touch by creating and delivering handmade blankets, "binkies", to enrich the children's lives and to meet their most basic needs of warmth, security and comfort.
Binky Patrol's unique way of touching a child's life includes many mediums. To reach them, "binkies" are distributed through hospitals, shelters, and social service agencies. "Binkies" are to be given as gifts and are not recycled in the agencies
Binky Patrol began in Laguna Beach, California in May, 1996 with founder, Susan Roush putting a sign up sheet in front of her retail business. Roush had the idea for combining a love for quilts, children and helping others. From its initial 5 volunteers, Binky Patrol has grown to over 3000 volunteers nationwide ranging in age from four to 94 thanks to the help of exposure on the Oprah Winfrey Show in June of 1996 Family Circle in 1998 and a truckload of media coverage from regional television, radio and newspaper ever since.
Susan has designed Binky Patrol to fit for anyone who just wants to help without a lot of rules and restrictions. The organization doesn't like to make things complicated and enjoys how each chapter learns from the other chapters. This ensures Binky Patrol's growth and positive reception in local communities.
The Lincoln Binky Patrol serves the Placer County Area. Our headquarters is located in the Lincoln, California community.
Our Chapter was started by Terrie Madruga. She signed up for a quilting class at the Sewing Machine Center on Aborn in the San Jose Area. She learned how to make a 'Bug' Quilt for her son. After her success in making a quilt, Terrie thought 'If I can make a quilt, anyone can make a quilt. After searching the Internet for a charity that accepts handmade blankets, Terrie discovered Binky Patrol and found that there wasn't a chapter in the area. She then decided to move to Lincoln and left that chapter in the very capable hand of Dolores Wright www.sjlinus.org
That group has now donated 2800 blankets.
Terrie and a few friends, started the Lincoln chapter in September 2004. They decided that they wanted to give something back to their community. Our Chapter includes all volunteers with various talents. Come join us!!!