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Please consider using Amazon Smile and selecting our organization for your Prime Day shopping and beyond.
Tickets on sale beginning on July 12, 2019!!!!
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.
On Wednesday, June 12 we visited the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago, IL and distributed 116 lapghans to veterans and active duty military personnel.
Charles Caricke received the 3000th lapghan.
Veteran Charles Caricke received a lapghan made by Joanie Ekberg. This was the 3000th lapghan!
Click here to view the photo gallery from this visit
In the latest issue of Great People, Great Stories” magazine (Spring 2019, Volume 4, Issue 2), President and Founder of Sgt. P’s Lapghans for Veterans is one of the featured stories. Click Here to view the magazine.
We are so excited to announce our 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 we had in 2017.
On Saturday, December 15, 2018, President and Founder Charlotte Kennedy was honored to collect the generous yarn donation and award for being Illinois AMVETS Business of the Year 2017-2018. Thank you Illinois AMVETS for your continued support!!!
To view the article from the May 2018 Illinios AMVETS newsletter, click here
Jean Henning of Illinois Amvets, Charlotte Kennedy of Sgt. P’s Lapghans for Veterans, along with Nancy Clarke of Ross Pearson VFW Post with yarn donation and 2017-2018 Illinois Amvets Business of the Year Award
President and Founder of Sgt. P’s Lapghans for Veterans Charlotte Kennedy with the 2017-2018 Illinois Amvets Business of the Year Award
We have been very busy this Fall as we have distributed lapghans at 3 Veteran Stand Downs and 3 VA hospitals in addition to some individual distributions.
In August, we sent 100 lapghans to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD for distribution.
In September, our Alabama chapter distributed 39 lapghans to the Central Alabama VA Hospital in Tuskegee, AL.
This October, we sent 51 lapghans to Clement J. Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Milwaukee, WI for distribution, a dear friend of Sgt. P’s Lapghans for Veterans distributed 60 lapghans at the Northcoast Veterans Stand Down in Ferndale, CA, our volunteers distributed 36 lapghans at the Northwestern Illinois Stand Down and Welcome Home Event in Freeport, IL, and today at the Top of Illinois Veterans Stand Down in Rockford, IL, we distributed 87 blankets, 94 pairs of gloves, 38 hats, and 48 scarves.
We have now distributed 2,722 lapghans to veterans and active-duty military personnel since June 14, 2014. To see a breakdown by branch of service, visit our Lapghan Distribution Statistics page
Thank you to all of our volunteers for their hard work and labor of love. Thank you to all of our supporters who have helped us continue our mission with their monetary donations and donations of much-needed yarn. And above all, thank you to our men and women who have or are currently serving our great nation.
Our first of two fundraisers this year will be a Country Western Fundraiser on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are $25 per person. Dinner is included. We will have Live Music performed by Dale Rhode & the Crossroads! We will have a cash bar, dancing, raffles! Tickets may be purchased from one of our volunteers or contact us to purchase and reserve your spot today!!!!
On Friday, January 12, 2018, WREX featured Sgt. P’s Lapghans for Veterans and its founder and president Charlotte Kennedy on their Inspiring 815 feature. We are so appreciative to WREX for stopping by and acknowledging our hard work and dedication to our mission to wrap our veterans in comfort and warmth with lapghans made out of love and gratitude for their sacrifice and service.
To watch the video, click on the following link:
WREX: Inspiring 815: Charlotte Kennedy Aired January 12, 2018 VIDEO
To read the story, click on the following link:
WREX: Inspiring 815: Charlotte Kennedy Aired January 12, 2018
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: http://www.tebalaeventcenter.com/