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