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Our Work During the Pandemic

Our volunteers have been working hard during the pandemic, not only by making lapghans, but also by making face masks and ear savers.

We want to especially acknowledge our Alabama Chapter for sewing 999 face masks and 635 ear savers!

In addition, the VFW and VFW Ladies Auxiliary have donated 50 face masks!

Volunteer Abbie has sewn 48 face masks for us!

That means we have distributed 1,097 face masks and 635 ear savers to essential healthcare professionals! 

We are so proud of everyone who has come together to do everything they can to keep us safe during the pandemic and to provide not only for our veterans and active-duty military personnel, but also to the essential workers that help keep them safe!

We continue to make lapghans and distribute them, although our distributions have been down because of increased precautions taken by the VA hospitals, clinics, and assisted living facilities.

1000th Lapghan Presentation

1000th Lapghan Presentation

On Friday, June 10, 2016, just four days before our 2nd Anniversary, we presented Marine Corps Veteran and President and Founder of Oscar Mike, Noah Currier with our 1000th lapghan. Our 1000th lapghan was actually a full-sized afghan made by Volunteer Bobi Jo which also won First Place at the 2015 Boone County Fair. In addition to our 1000th lapghan, additional lapghans were presented to Army Veteran Carl Duoczak, Marine Corps Veteran Jesus Gallegas, Army Veteran John McGillivray, Marine Corps Veteran Daniel Miller,  and Army Veteran Mason Symons. Thank you to John Hugo Kaiser VFW Post 1461 in Belvidere, IL for hosting the ceremony.

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

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

Check out our 1000th Lapghan Presentation page in our photo gallery for additional photos.

Supporting The Wool Gathering and Recognizing a Milestone

Supporting The Wool Gathering and Recognizing a Milestone

Last week, we shared some sad news regarding one of our loyal supporters – The Wool Gathering in Loves Park, IL. I would like to ask everyone to say a prayer so that they will be able to negotiate their lease and remain open for business. The staff and patrons of this store are fantastic! They have been extremely helpful in supporting our organization. Yesterday, we received 3 lapghans that were made and donated by their patrons along with a bag of yarn. We can’t tell them enough how thankful and grateful we are along with the Veterans, that receive our lapghans made from their yarn donations. I know that approximately 30 were made from all the yarn that was donated by them. So please remember them in prayer and do stop in and support this local business.

Today, we had a huge turnout at our social gathering. As usual, we enjoyed each other’s company, laughed and had fun. I am pleased to announce that we recognized one of our volunteer’s dedication and hard work with a small token of my appreciation for making and donating 55 lapghans during the 8 months that she has been with us. Once again, congratulations to Sally and thank you from the bottom of my heart. All of my volunteers are special and have a small piece of my heart and will be awarded on an individual basis when they reach milestones that are tailored to them.

Two lapghans were presented to the mother of 2 veterans (one was in the army and the other was in the air force). A special thank you and hug goes out to these two veterans for all their sacrifices and for their service. We have now distributed 242 lapghans. We also welcomed 1 new volunteer this week.

Have a good weekend.

Charlotte

 

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

Update March 20, 2015

Update March 20, 2015

Hi Everyone:

I want to bring you up to date with what’s been happening the last 2 weeks. First, one of my volunteers(Becky), dropped off 15 lapghans. 3 of these have a pillow and fold into it. It is really quite cleaver and the lapghans are a combination of crochet as well as fabric. We had a large group at the last KAC social gathering and we received 30 lapghans from my wonderful and dedicated volunteers that attended. We are half-way to our goal for the Veterans Stand Down. Yes, we have 100 set aside for that event. 3 Lapghans were distributed to the Veterans Drop In Center in Belvidere and 6 lapghans went to the VACBC. This brings the total distribution count to 120. From when we started till the end of 2014, 87 were given out. This year, so far 33 lapghans have been given out. So you can see, there is a tremendous need for our lapghans. Yesterday, we received one donated lapghan from a volunteer’s relative. It is very patriotic. As for yarn donations, we received 1 bag of 4 partial skeins from the KAC, 3 small bags of new and partial skeins of yarn in the VFW bin and there wasn’t any yarn donated at Larsen’s Community Eyecare and Patriot Store. Tomorrow evening, we will be at the 4H Club International Night Event representing Sgt. P’s Lapghans For Veterans. This week, has been very busy as I continue to write letters requesting yarn donations and make in person visits. I have also been trying to get craft donations for the craft table that we will have at the VFW on April 10th. Proceeds from what we sell at our table will go toward getting our 501(c)3. If anyone wants to donate any crafts, please contact me via email. We really could use everyone’s help to make our table have the most variety of items. I have also been busy working on a full size afghan that will be donated to the VFW ladies auxillary for their cancer benefit dinner. This will be in addition to the patriotic star ripple lapghan that was shown at the last social gathering. Looking forward to our next KAC social gathering.
Enjoy this wonderful weather and have a great weekend.

Charlotte

Weekly Update March 6, 2015

Weekly Update March 6, 2015

Hi Everyone:

Due to all the pictures we had last week, I did not do a post. I will update everyone on last week and this week’s news. Last week, we had a small turn out at the KAC but our volunteers were able to produce 7 lapghans and those pictures were put on the sites last week. We checked out the yarn collection bins at the VFW and Larsen’s Community Eyecare and Patriot Store and only a few partial skeins were collected from the VFW bin. We welcomed 2 new volunteers last week as well. Both links to the news channels coverage on the 100th. lapghan have been fixed. So if you did not see them, please check it out. We gave out 6 lapghans to the VACBC and 4 to the VFW last week.

Now for this week’s news… I picked up 10 lapghans and 1 quilt from one of my volunteers. Pictures of these are forthcoming. Arrangements are underway for renting a table at the VFW Craft Show that will be held on April 10th. from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Any monies from our table at this event will go toward obtaining our 501(c) 3 and also for printing supplies. If you would like to donate or sell items at our table with some or all of the proceeds to go toward our organization, please contact me. Looking forward to seeing everyone at our next social gathering next week. In the meantime, have a great weekend and enjoy the warmer weather.

Charlotte

Weekly Update February 20, 2015 – 100th Lapghan Presented

Weekly Update February 20, 2015 – 100th Lapghan Presented

Hi Everyone:

This was an extremely busy week getting everything ready for our special ceremony to present our 100th lapghan to a World War II Veteran. We actually had 3 World War II Veterans present. Emery, an Army Veteran received our 100th lapghan. An identical lapghan was presented to my father, and the Belvidere VFW Post Commander, Greg Kelm presented the 101st lapghan to Ernie, who served in the Navy. I was so honored to be in the company of these 3 World War II Veterans. We had a great turnout despite the freezing temperature. We had 2 news stations present, WIFR and WREX as well as Tricia from the Belvidere Daily Republican Newspaper. Unfortunately a lot of my interview with the news stations was cut and the Veterans weren’t interviewed by WIFR or WREX. We welcomed 1 new volunteer this week and and also received 1 donated lapghan. Pictures of lapghans from last week and the one yesterday are forthcoming. We have received several requests for lapghans and will be distributing those next week. Have a great weekend and stay warm.

Charlotte

Click here for link to WIFR Video

Click here for link to story from WREX

Weekly Update February 13, 2015

Weekly Update February 13, 2015

Hi Everyone:

This week has been an extremely hectic one. We delivered 4 lapghans to the Veterans Assistance Commission of Boone County.This brings our total to 99. We received a small bag of yarn that was donated in the VFW bin. We picked up 24 lapghans from 2 volunteers on Tuesday. Today, we had our social gathering/meeting at the KAC and had a wonderful turnout. We had 12 volunteers present and 2 others that stopped by. We received 22 lapghans today from our amazing volunteers. I also received some ruffle yarn that will be used to make scarves for our veterans. The Belvidere VFW Post 1461 is going to purchase some yarn for our organization and are behind our organization 100%. We are so grateful for all of our supporters and I sincerely believe that I have the BEST volunteers in the world!! This coming week will be extremely busy as I continue to make plans and contact both newspaper and media regarding the presentation of the 100th. lapghan. THE BEST SURPRISE IS THAT MY FATHER, WILL ALSO BE ATTENDING THE PRESENTATION AND WILL ALSO RECEIVE A “SPECIAL LAPGHAN”. I can’t wait for everyone to meet my amazing dad and my inspiration for starting this organization. He is truly my hero. Hope to see you all at the presentation. Have a great week!

Charlotte

Weekly Update February 6, 2015

Weekly Update February 6, 2015

Hi Everyone:

This week has been a very hectic one. I finished my 26th. and 27th. lapghan. I keep busy every week trying to get donated yarn for our organization. Sorry to say, but we did not receive any donated yarn. We did however receive some donated lapghans from one volunteer, and another volunteer made some hats, gloves and scarves. These will be put aside for the Veterans Stand Down. We also distributed our 95th. lapghan to a Army Veteran. At our meeting/social gathering next week, we will be discussing plans regarding the 100th. lapghan. We want this one to be “special” and given to a WWII Veteran since this organization is dedicated to my father, a WWII Veteran. Please feel free to email my your thoughts and ideas regarding this wonderful milestone. Have a good weekend.

Charlotte

Weekly Update January 30, 2015

Weekly Update January 30, 2015

Hi Everyone:

The numbers are in and we received 6 full size fleece blankets that will be used for the stand down. We also received 29 lapghans from our volunteers at the meeting/social gathering. Our organization received some yarn donations from the VFW, Larsen’s Patriot Store, and The Wool Gathering. The VFW and the Cub Scouts have been working together to get us yarn donations from the community. We have the full support of the Belvidere VFW Post 1461 and the Cub Scout Pack 141. As I mentioned previously, the VFW Ladies Auxillary have decided to crochet lapghans for our organization too. Our 94th. lapghan was given to an army veteran. Sgt. P’s Lapghans For Veterans is proud to announce that the 4H Club has picked our organization to do a yarn drive as their community service project. The yarn drive will take place on March 21, 2015 during their International Night Event. A big thank you and a big hug goes out to all of our volunteers and supporters. Together, we will be able to wrap our veterans in comfort and warmth with lapghans made out of love and gratitude as a small token of our appreciation for our FREEDOM. Due to the amount of pictures that need to be posted, they will be uploaded this weekend. Thank you for your understanding.

Charlotte