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Just in time for Prime Day, we are now an eligible charity on Amazon Smile!!!

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Pricing and deals are the same on Amazon Smile as they are on Amazon, the only difference is that if you purchase products that are eligible for Amazon Smile, it will say so when you click on the product.

You are not paying more when you purchase from Amazon Smile, rather Amazon makes the donation.

Please consider using Amazon Smile and selecting our organization for your Prime Day shopping and beyond.

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.

SAVE THE DATE: Oktoberfest 2018 Fundraiser

SAVE THE DATE: Oktoberfest 2018 Fundraiser

We are so excited to announce our 2nd Annual Oktoberfest Fundraiser. Please save the date. We will post an announcement as soon as tickets are available. We will have the same delicious menu as last year.

Christmas in the Country Craft Fair Dec 1-2

Christmas in the Country Craft Fair Dec 1-2

We will have a booth at the “Christmas in the Country” Craft Fair at Tebala Shrine Center (7910 Newburg Road in Rockford) this Friday, Dec. 1 from 10 am until 5 pm and Saturday, Dec. 2 from 9 am until 3 pm.

ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE SALES FROM OUR BOOTH ONLY will go directly to support Sgt. P’s Lapghans for Veterans. We have a selection of hand-crafted items for sale, so come on out and do your holiday shopping while supporting our veterans!

Admission to the Craft Show are canned goods or non-perishable item for the Belvidere Boone County food pantry. Please DO NOT bring expired items to donate.

The “Christmas in the Country” Craft Fair will have over 55 booths of hand-crafted items for sale.

For a map with directions:

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

October Stand Downs and Fundraising Updates

October Stand Downs and Fundraising Updates

Hi Everyone:

Boy, this sure has been a crazy busy month. Lois and Joanie represented Sgt. P’s Lapghans at the Freeport Stand Down and presented 28 lapghans. On October 14th., we had our Oktoberfest Fundraiser Event. We don’t have the final numbers yet but know by the turnout that it was a success! Thank you to all of my volunteers for all of their help. You don’t know how much I appreciate it. Also, the Ross -Pearson VFW Post 5159 in Rockford did a fundraiser for our organization on the same day and that was very successful. Once again, thank you to Bob and Tim, John Guler and all the volunteers that made the Freedom Feud a success. Today, we participated in the Rockford Stand Down and presented 88 lapghans, 42 scarves, 55 hats/ski masks, and 1 pillow. At one point, there were over 160 homeless and less fortunate veterans that came thru the door. We do not have the final number of veterans yet; but we will keep you posted. Please feel free to scroll down and see a couple pictures that were taken at the Stand Down today. I want to thank everyone who had helped us these past few months with their donations. Your donations are helping us fulfill our mission of, WRAPPING OUR VETERANS IN COMFORT AND WARMTH WITH LAPGHANS MADE FROM LOVE AND GRATITUDE FOR THEIR SACRIFICE AND SERVICE.


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



Come on out and see us on Sunday 10-3 at the Harlem High School Craft Fair. We have a wide range of craft, patriotic/military items for sale from $2 to $25. We could use everyone’s support! Thank you and I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

We will be at Braveheart on Saturday, passing out lapghans to veterans!

Veterans Day 2016 Raffle

Veterans Day 2016 Raffle

We are raffling off a Flag Afghan (approx. size 47″ x 90″) on November 11, 2016.

Flag Afghan made by Jo

Flag Afghan made by Jo

This afghan was made for this fundraiser by our volunteer, Jolanda Hollibush.

Tickets are $5 each. Only 200 Raffle tickets will be sold, so contact us today to purchase your ticket.


Drawing will be held on November 18, 2016.

Garage Sale Fundraiser Sept. 16 and 17

Garage Sale Fundraiser Sept. 16 and 17

Garage Sale to benefit Sgt. P’s Lapghans For Veterans
Friday, Sept. 16 and Saturday, Sept. 17 from 8am to 5pm
113 S. Van Buren, Cherry Valley, IL.


Please help support our mission of wrapping our veterans in comfort and warmth with lapghans made of love and gratitude for their sacrifice and service.