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Fundraising!

Hello Everyone,

Like so many people throughout the world, this pandemic has hit our organization hard. Without being able to hold our traditional annual Oktoberfest fundraiser or participate in other in-person fundraising activities, we are severely struggling financially. We are doing everything possible to keep this organization going as we all know how much our lapghans mean to our veterans and active-duty military personnel.

In order to move forward, we are in desperate need of monetary donations.

We do have a Fundraiser going on in which we are selling sheet sets, pillows, and bracelets.

You may also contribute by using Amazon Smile and selecting our organization as well as donating a monetary donation online.

We are selling the following items as a fundraiser.

All proceeds go to Sgt. P’s Lapghans for Veterans. Sgt. P’s Lapghans For Veterans is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit, charitable organization (EIN: 47-3952584). This is a non-profit organization. NO ONE receives a salary. All labor is donated. Any monies obtained will be used for the purpose of purchasing yarn, materials, and other expenses associated with making and distributing blankets, and miscellaneous operational costs

Bed Sheet Sets and Pillow Cases

This image was taken from the manufacturer brochure and is protected by their copyright.

This image was taken from the manufacturer brochure and is protected by their copyright.

This image was taken from the manufacturer brochure and is protected by their copyright.

Pillows

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This image was taken from the manufacturer brochure and is protected by their copyright.

Defender Bracelets

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Pricing

Bed Sheet Sets (Any Size) $35 each

Extra Pillow Cases (King Size and Standard Size) $10 each

Bamboo Pillow (King Size) $40

Bamboo Pillow (Regular/Queen Size) $35

Cooling Pillow (King Size) $40

Cooling Pillow (Regular/Queen Size) $35

Reading Pillow $50

Defender Bracelet $5

How to Order

To order, you may send a direct message to us through our Facebook page or you may contact us through our contact form. Please put Sheet Fundraiser or Bracelet Fundraiser in the Subject section!

When you place your order, you MUST include ALL of the following:

  • ♦ Name of product (e.g. bed sheet set, extra pillow case, etc.)
  • ♦ Size of product (if applicable)
  • ♦ Color of product (if applicable)
  • ♦ Quantity
  • ♦ Planned payment
  • ♦ Preferred method of contact

Payment Options

You may mail a check to us with your order and we will submit your order AFTER we receive your check. We do have a minimum order to reach before we can submit it and therefore, we will keep you up-to-date if there are any lengthy delays.

You may pay online via Paypal from our online donation page. PLEASE NOTE: There is a $5 service charge for all Paypal transactions). Please make a note in the comment section that your online donation is for the Sheet, Pillow, and Bracelet Fundraiser.

You will be notified when your order has arrived.

How to Receive Your Order

If you live locally (Northern Illinois), you may make arrangements to pick up your order.

If you do not live locally and need to have your order shipped to you, we will do so, however, you are responsible for the entirety of the shipping costs.

Remember That We Are On Amazon Smile!

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

To use Amazon Smile,use this direct link

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.

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.

Oktoberfest 2019 Big Prizes Available

Oktoberfest 2019 Big Prizes Available

We have some amazing prizes for our Oktoberfest Fundraiser on Saturday, September 21, 2019.

There are still tickets available!!!!

We will have many silent auction items including:

A 65″ Element Roku Flat-Screen Smart TV worth $650! This is a 4K Ultra HD TV that is HDR Compatible, Wi-Fi, and comes with built-in Roku streaming along with the Roku remote, donated by Meijer.

We have a beautiful 14KT Yellow Gold Ladies 1/2 CTW Diamond Fashion Ring worth $1200, donated by Busch Jewelers

And many more fantastic silent auction items!

Raffle tickets are available now for a hand-made quilt (approximate size 61″ x 81″) made and donated by Joanie Ekberg, one of our fabulous volunteers!

We also have several raffle items including a grand prize gift basket containing $250 worth of gift cards!

ALL Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5!

We are now on Amazon Smile!

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

To use Amazon Smile,use this direct link

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.

3000 Lapghans Distributed!

3000 Lapghans Distributed!

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

 

Charlotte Kennedy and Sgt. P’s Lapghans for Veterans Featured in Great People, Great Stories Magazine

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.

SAVE THE DATE!!! Oktoberfest 2019

SAVE THE DATE!!! Oktoberfest 2019

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.

Sgt. P’s Lapghans Named Illinois AMVETS Business of the Year 2017-2018

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