Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. I have been extremely busy hand delivering lapghans at the various VA Hospitals and also making presentations about our organization. I cannot believe that we have given out 708 lapghans, not to mention scarves, hats, gloves, mittens in 18 months. Unbelievable! I could not have done this without all of the help of my wonderful and dedicated volunteers! You know how I like hugs soooo hugs to all of you.
We made our trip to the VA Hospital in Madison, WI. and hand delivered 45 lapghans on 12/16/15. Everyone was so excited to receive them and we got lots of hugs too. On 12/30/15, we did a power point presentation to the Belvidere Rotary Club. We were also mentioned on the Boone County CASA Facebook page, which I shared previously.
We have an exciting new year ahead of us with plans to expand our lapghan distribution to other areas. We are busy planning fundraisers for the year, as well. More presentations are planned so we can continue to promote our organization. I am involved with the Mental Health Advocacy Council at the Rockford VA and I am also helping out with the planning of an Agent Orange Town Hall Meeting that will take place on April 23rd at noon at Rockford University.
We are behind on posting a lot of the lapghan pictures and will try to get them up soon.
Have a great weekend. Charlotte
I missed posting this message from my Mom from November 22. Today, she is currently at the VA hospital in Madison, WI delivering more completed lapghans to the veteran residents. CMK
November 22, 2014 Update:
Hi Everyone: Today I welcomed 3 more volunteers who will be starting in January. I am so thrilled and blessed to have all my volunteers. We can never have too many.
The lapghans may also be made of fabric, so sewers and quilters are welcome to volunteer as well. If you know of anyone who may be interested, please pass my information on to them.
Some of you might like to knit or crochet but do not like to make afghans. That is okay too. You may knit or crochet 6 X 8 inch squares or 12 X 48 inch strips. It would take 36 squares or 3 strips to make a lapghan.
Perhaps you would like to get your friends, relatives, co-workers, church group, crochet or knit group, whoever, and ask each of them to make a square or strip. You could sew them together and have a completed lapghan made by your group of friends. How cool would that be?
The possibilities are endless!
Have a great weekend!
For Veterans Day, my Mom was interviewed and featured in an article in a local paper, “The Belvidere Daily Republican.” Here is the link to the article: “A Daughter’s Love Turns Into a Mission To Help Veterans” By Tricia Goecks. The link will take you to Facebook, however, you do NOT need to have a Facebook account to view the article. CMK
Below is the pdf version:
Belvidere Daily Republican Article Veterans Day 2014
Here is an update on what’s been going on. Since my last post, I have received 9 completed lapghans and 2 bags of donated yarn from the Belvidere Keenage Center. Thank you to the people who made these donations. Today, I dropped off a lapghan and I stopped by a thrift store and purchased some yarn. I can’t believe that they had yarn. Usually, I have no luck finding some at thrift stores, but today I was lucky. The lady there said that it came in yesterday and because I was purchasing it for charity, she gave me a discount. FANTASTIC!!! We also welcomed 2 new volunteers to our organization. We will be attending the Veterans Stand Down later this month and will have some lapghans to distribute.
We are planning another trip to the VA Hospital in Madison some time in November so we are trying to get as many lapghans as possible done in time. So, we have been BUSY, BUSY, BUSY.
Take care everyone and have a great day.
Dreams do come true when you believe in a worthwhile cause!! Today, an anonymous donor donated 25 lapghans for our veterans. God bless her. They are beautiful! My organization also received a generous donation of wool yarn from a yarn company. This yarn is wonderful and the colors are vibrant. These will make warm and beautiful lapghans for our veterans. I can’t thank you enough for your generosity. We are finally getting our name out there. Everyone, please continue to support this organization and our veterans. If you see yarn at a thrift store, garage sale, estate sale, ebay or craigs list – please consider picking it up for our organization or making a contribution on “Go Fund Me“. While, we have a good start, we will need to work together to keep this going. A BIG thank you goes out to everyone who has supported us so far.
Welcome to our website!
I wanted to share some information about us and update everyone on our latest news.
Who we are:
- Founder and Lead Crochet Volunteer: Charlotte Kennedy
- Social Media Manager and Webmaster: Colleen M. Kennedy (CMK)
Regarding our Non-Profit Status:
- At this time, we do not have our 501(c)(3) status but we have begun the process of obtaining that status. We will keep you updated on this process.
- I am so excited to announce that my mom’s (Charlotte) 8 out of 9 submitted items won awards at the 2014 Boone County Fair. All award money was donated to Sgt. P’s to help with the cost of obtaining officially a 501(c)(3) not for profit corporation status as well as for the purchase of more yarn.
We still have our fundraising page up at www.gofundme.com so if you can, please stop by and help with our start-up and material costs.
We are still accepting volunteers to knit or crochet lapghans in addition to yarn donations. Please contact us if you are interested.
Thank you for stopping by and for your support.