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Oktoberfest is BACK!!!! Details and Menu Included!

Tickets on sale beginning on July 12, 2019!!!!

Oktoberfest Fundraiser

September 21, 2019

German Dinner, Cash Bar, Live German Band, Dancing

Raffles and Silent Auctions!!!

Doors Open at 4 pm and Dinner Served at 5 pm!

Tickets may be purchased at the VFW or from one of our volunteers!

We HIGHLY recommend that you purchase tickets in advance as there will only be limited tickets available at the door.

John Hugo Kaiser VFW Post 1461

1310 W. Lincoln Ave.

Belvidere, IL 61008

We only conduct one fundraiser a year to help sustain our operations all year long.

NO ONE gets a salary!!!!! All labor is donated! 

In our 5 years of existence, we have distributed 3,019 complimentary lapghans to veterans and active-duty military personnel. We cannot continue to provide quality, complimentary lapghans without your financial support. Please help us continue our mission!

Unable to attend but want to help us? Please consider making a tax-deductible donation by clicking here

Sgt. P’s Lapghans for Veterans is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit, charitable organization.

Support Sgt. P’s Lapghans for Veterans for #GivingTuesday

Support Sgt. P’s Lapghans for Veterans for #GivingTuesday

November 28, 2017 is #GivingTuesday and we would greatly appreciate any support you can offer. Sgt. P’s Lapghans for Veterans was established on Flag Day (June 14) in 2014 and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization.

Our mission is to wrap our veterans in comfort and warmth with lapghans made out of love and gratitude for their sacrifice and service.

In 3 years and 5 months, we have distributed a total of 2,043 lapghans to Veterans and Active Duty Military Personnel in the U.S. and abroad. We distribute lapghans YEAR ROUND at local VA medical facilities, Veteran Stand Down Events, at dedicated Veteran Events, and by request. We even shipped 108 lapghans for distribution to the recovering wounded military personnel at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany. Check our distribution statistics for more details on where we distribute and for current numbers.

Lapghans are complimentary to any veteran and active duty military person.

NO ONE in our organization receives a salary. ALL labor is donated.

For every dollar raised, 68 cents goes to the veteran and the remaining 32 cents goes towards operational costs.

A single lapghan, depending upon pattern and method of creation (i.e. crochet, knit, quilt, sew) takes at least 40 hours to complete and costs approximately $40 to $50 of materials.

We are a small organization that relies solely on the generous donations from people like you.

Feel free to explore our website for pictures, testimonials, media coverage, and more.

Click here to DONATE TODAY!

All donations are tax deductible under section 170 of the IRS code (EIN: 47-3952584) No goods or services were provided in connection with this contribution.

Below is just a sample of the thank yous and smiles we have received:

 

Thank you letter from Veteran Bob Wildenradt received on 21 July 2017

 

Thank you letter from Active Duty Reservist and Fire Chief Rob Martin. Pictured are Rob Martin with volunteer Sally Paugels.

From Left to Right: John McGillivray, Charlotte Kennedy, Mason Symons, Jesus Gallegas, Noah Currier, and Daniel Miller

USMC Veteran Harry Ibis, Air Force Veteran Fred Schmitz, and Army Veteran Peter J. Carrao

Charlotte pictured with Army National Guard 44 Chemical Battalion

Happy New Year and Landstuhl Germany Project Update

Happy New Year and Landstuhl Germany Project Update

Hi Everyone: Hope you all had a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year! I have some wonderful news to announce. Today, I sent 3 cartons containing a total of 58 lapghans to Landstuhl Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany. They should arrive in 7 to 10 days via USPS Priority Mail. I am so excited and wish I could see the smiles on the faces of the active duty military personnel when they receive them. The best news yet is that I will be able to send another shipment of lapghans in a month or two. This is so awesome and doubles the amount that I originally thought I would be able to send. Another goal from 2016 was reached. Well, even though you have not heard from me in a while, I have been busy planning out the 2017 events and goals. Those announcements will be made soon. Have a great evening. Charlotte

Flag Afghan Raffle Results, Donations, Craft Show, and BraveHearts

Flag Afghan Raffle Results, Donations, Craft Show, and BraveHearts

Hi Everyone: I just want to take this time to announce the winner of the beautiful American Flag Afghan. Congratulations to Peter Steiger of Marengo, IL. Thank you to everyone who supported this fundraiser.

Charlotte Kennedy presenting raffle winner Peter Steiger with the Flag Afghan

Charlotte Kennedy presenting raffle winner Peter Steiger with the Flag Afghan

We want to thank Mary Brubach and Julie Pilgrim for presenting me with a check of $100.00 to Sgt. P’s Lapghans For Veterans from the Garden Prairie Improvement Association. Thank you so much and a virtual hug to both of you.

Also, thank you so much to the patrons of Priceless Junk for donating some yarn. We appreciate it greatly. Priceless Junk will continue to collect new yarn and left over yarn for our organization; so when you stop in to donate yarn, be sure you browse all the neat items that Priceless Junk has to offer.

Be sure to stop in and see us at Bravehearts. We will be there Saturday from noon to 4p.m. Sunday, we will be at Harlem High School participating in the craft show there. We have a lot of neat items both patriotic, military and miscellaneous that range in price from $2.00 to $25.00. Have a great weekend! Charlotte

May 15, 2016 Update

May 15, 2016 Update

Hi Everyone: This past week, we presented 30 lapghans to Veterans at the Rockford VA Clinic. Karol accompanied me with 6 dozen home made cookies that went fast.

On May 20th,( which is the day before Armed Forces Day),at 10a.m. we will be presenting 20 to 25 lapghans to the Veterans that reside at Heritage Woods in Belvidere. The Belvidere VFW color guard is planning on being there at 10:30 a.m.

Our next fundraiser is on June 4th at 2pm. The Senior Follies will perform a 1 hr. variety show consisting of singing and dancing. There still are a few remaining tickets and they are $5 in advance. Even if you are unable to attend, we would appreciate you purchasing the ticket as a donation to our organization. The ticket has a receipt for your donation.

Our big fundraiser is the 1st Annual Stars and Stripes 3K/5K Fun Run/Walk. It is scheduled for Aug. 6th. Please help us make this a huge success.

Our organization depends on these fundraisers to keep going. To date, 939 lapghans have been presented in 23 months. The need is much greater than we ever expected. Please help us continue this worthwhile cause. No donation is too small. We are a 501(c)3) not for profit organization so your donation is tax deductible.

Have a great week.
Charlotte

1st Annual Stars and Stripes 3K/5K Fun Run/Walk on August 6

1st Annual Stars and Stripes 3K/5K Fun Run/Walk on August 6

Sgt. P’s Lapghans for Veterans First Annual Stars and Stripes 3K/5K Fun Run/Walk will be held on August 6, 2016 along the Kishwaukee Riverfront Path at Belvidere Park.

Registration and Check-In begins at 7am and Race begins at 8am from the Kiddieland Shelter in Belvidere Park located at 1006 W. Lincoln Avenue in Belvidere, Il.

For More Information including registration details, pledge sheets, etc., click here

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Prizes, Raffles, and much much more!!!!

Lapghans will be presented to Military Veterans

Our organization depends on fundraisers, donations, and sponsorships to continue fulfilling our mission of wrapping our veterans in comfort and warmth with our lapghans made with love and gratitude for their sacrifice and service.

Sgt. P’s Lapghans for Veterans is a non-profit, tax exempt organization so your donation / sponsorship will be tax deductible.

You may also donate online here

Drop Off Location Changes

Drop Off Location Changes

Unfortunately, we were just informed that the Keen Age Center of Boone County has ceased accepting yarn and lapghan donations for our organization as of January 1, 2016.

Please know that you may still leave yarn and lapghan donations for us at:

V.F.W. Post 1461
1310 W. Lincoln Avenue
Belvidere, IL 61008
Hours: 10am to 10pm – 7 days a week

You may also send us a message through our website or facebook to arrange a time and location for drop off.

Thank you all for your continued support as we continue to grow and reach out to more veterans. Since we began on Flag Day 2014, we have distributed 750 lapghans to our veterans.

Flapjack Fundraiser on Saturday, September 26 from 8 to 10 a.m.

Flapjack Fundraiser on Saturday, September 26 from 8 to 10 a.m.

Short Stacks for a Tall Cause Fundraiser

On Saturday, September 26, 2015, from 8 to 10 a.m., a breakfast fundraiser will be held at Applebee’s Restaurant located at 2126 Gateway Center Dr. in Belvidere, IL. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased in advance by contacting us here. We recommend purchasing tickets in advance, however, tickets may be purchased at the door.

 

Breakfast will consist of Pancakes, Syrup, Butter, Bacon, and a Beverage (Coffee, Orange Juice, Soda, and Tea).

 

If you are unable to attend, but would like to make a donation to support our mission, please DONATE here.

 

Our mission is to wrap our veterans in comfort and warmth with lapghans made out of love and gratitude for their sacrifice and service.

 

We have so far distributed 278 lapghans to veterans in the past 13 months.

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Sgt. P’s Lapghans for Veterans is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Lapghan Distribution at VA hospital and Exceeding Expectations

Lapghan Distribution at VA hospital and Exceeding Expectations

This week saw the launch of our new website at www.sgtpslapghans.org. Please update your bookmarks and favorites and if you have not had a chance yet, please check it out. On Thursday, we made another trip to the VA Hospital in Madison, WI. Jim, one of our volunteers, joined us for the distribution of 40 lapghans to the Veterans in the Community Living Center, Hospice Ward, and General Medical Floor. We have replenished our supply of lapghans at the VACBC (6 lapghans) and VFW Post 1461 (5 lapghans) for them to distribute. We individually distributed 6 lapghans to Veterans at the VFW this week. In our 1 year and 6 days of existence, we have distributed 240 lapghans to Veterans. Our volunteers and donors have submitted 51 lapghans so far this month alone. It is clear that there is a need for these lapghans. We are quickly approaching our goal of having at least 200 lapghans to distribute to homeless and less fortunate Veterans at the Top of Illinois Veterans Stand Down in October. It has been a whirlwind. I am speechless when I look back at how one idea has grown to this organization with 45 volunteers in addition to the generous anonymous donations. I am humbled at the response of the Veterans when we distribute the lapghans. It is a pleasure to be able to bring a smile to their faces or brighten their day as they recover from the wounds of war. Thank you again to our volunteers and supporters. You have made my dream exceed all expectations. Charlotte