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WREX Inspiring 815 Featured Sgt. P’s Lapghans for Veterans

WREX Inspiring 815 Featured Sgt. P’s Lapghans for Veterans

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

 

Christmas in the Country Craft Fair Dec 1-2

Christmas in the Country Craft Fair Dec 1-2

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/

Support Sgt. P’s Lapghans for Veterans for #GivingTuesday

Support Sgt. P’s Lapghans for Veterans for #GivingTuesday

November 28, 2017 is #GivingTuesday and we would greatly appreciate any support you can offer. Sgt. P’s Lapghans for Veterans was established on Flag Day (June 14) in 2014 and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization.

Our mission is to wrap our veterans in comfort and warmth with lapghans made out of love and gratitude for their sacrifice and service.

In 3 years and 5 months, we have distributed a total of 2,043 lapghans to Veterans and Active Duty Military Personnel in the U.S. and abroad. We distribute lapghans YEAR ROUND at local VA medical facilities, Veteran Stand Down Events, at dedicated Veteran Events, and by request. We even shipped 108 lapghans for distribution to the recovering wounded military personnel at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany. Check our distribution statistics for more details on where we distribute and for current numbers.

Lapghans are complimentary to any veteran and active duty military person.

NO ONE in our organization receives a salary. ALL labor is donated.

For every dollar raised, 68 cents goes to the veteran and the remaining 32 cents goes towards operational costs.

A single lapghan, depending upon pattern and method of creation (i.e. crochet, knit, quilt, sew) takes at least 40 hours to complete and costs approximately $40 to $50 of materials.

We are a small organization that relies solely on the generous donations from people like you.

Feel free to explore our website for pictures, testimonials, media coverage, and more.

Click here to DONATE TODAY!

All donations are tax deductible under section 170 of the IRS code (EIN: 47-3952584) No goods or services were provided in connection with this contribution.

Below is just a sample of the thank yous and smiles we have received:

 

Thank you letter from Veteran Bob Wildenradt received on 21 July 2017

 

Thank you letter from Active Duty Reservist and Fire Chief Rob Martin. Pictured are Rob Martin with volunteer Sally Paugels.

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

USMC Veteran Harry Ibis, Air Force Veteran Fred Schmitz, and Army Veteran Peter J. Carrao

Charlotte pictured with Army National Guard 44 Chemical Battalion

October Stand Downs and Fundraising Updates

October Stand Downs and Fundraising Updates

Hi Everyone:

Boy, this sure has been a crazy busy month. Lois and Joanie represented Sgt. P’s Lapghans at the Freeport Stand Down and presented 28 lapghans. On October 14th., we had our Oktoberfest Fundraiser Event. We don’t have the final numbers yet but know by the turnout that it was a success! Thank you to all of my volunteers for all of their help. You don’t know how much I appreciate it. Also, the Ross -Pearson VFW Post 5159 in Rockford did a fundraiser for our organization on the same day and that was very successful. Once again, thank you to Bob and Tim, John Guler and all the volunteers that made the Freedom Feud a success. Today, we participated in the Rockford Stand Down and presented 88 lapghans, 42 scarves, 55 hats/ski masks, and 1 pillow. At one point, there were over 160 homeless and less fortunate veterans that came thru the door. We do not have the final number of veterans yet; but we will keep you posted. Please feel free to scroll down and see a couple pictures that were taken at the Stand Down today. I want to thank everyone who had helped us these past few months with their donations. Your donations are helping us fulfill our mission of, WRAPPING OUR VETERANS IN COMFORT AND WARMTH WITH LAPGHANS MADE FROM LOVE AND GRATITUDE FOR THEIR SACRIFICE AND SERVICE.

 

Sgt. P’s Lapghans for Veterans Featured on WTVO/WQRF News

Sgt. P’s Lapghans for Veterans Featured on WTVO/WQRF News

On Friday, September 29, 2017, WTVO/WQRF News stations aired Reporter Christie Nicks’ coverage of Sgt. P’s Lapghans for Veterans. To view the report and read the corresponding article including details about our upcoming Oktoberfest Fundraiser on October 14, 2017, click on the following link:

WTVO/WQRF: Stateline Strong: Woman Recruits Volunteers to Crochet Blankets for Veterans Aired September 29, 2017

Tickets for the Oktoberfest Dinner are $20 each. Tickets WILL NOT be sold at the door. To purchase tickets in advance, please check out our Oktoberfest page

Oktoberfest on October 14, 2017 – Buy Tickets Today!

Oktoberfest on October 14, 2017 – Buy Tickets Today!

We are excited to announce our 1st Annual Oktoberfest Dinner on October 14, 2017 at the John Hugo Kaiser VFW Post 1461.

Tickets are $20 per person and MUST be purchased in advance.

Doors will open at 4:30 pm and Dinner will be served at 5:30 pm.

German Dinner, Cash Bar, Live German Music, German Folk Dancers, Raffles, and Silent Auctions!

Proceeds benefit Sgt. P’s Lapghans for Veterans

Tickets may be purchased at Vintage (815) located on 522 S. State St. in Belvidere, IL or online.

2nd Annual Stars & Stripes 3K/5K Fun Run/Walk – Prize Updates

2nd Annual Stars & Stripes 3K/5K Fun Run/Walk – Prize Updates

Registration is still open for our 2nd Annual Stars & Stripes 5K Fun Run and 3K Non-competitive Walk on July 29, 2017.

Spectators are welcome! Raffles and silent auction items will be available and winners do not need to be present to win.

Fitness Raffle Prizes (Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $12) – 4 prizes total:

  • (One) Free 3-month family membership for the Belvidere Family YMCA
  • (Three) Free 1-month membership for Anytime Fitness Belvidere including 24/7 gym usage, access to 10 local Anytime Fitness clubs, Fitness consultation, and 2 weeks of free group training

Raffle Prizes (Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5) – 5 prizes total:

  • Weber Smokey Joe 14-inch Charcoal Grill
  • Stok Portable Gas Grill with 2 Propane Canisters
  • Full-sized Afghan
  • Alpine Bank Basket
  • 7-piece ice bucket set

Silent Auction Items:

  • Rockford Park District Basket
  • Barr’s Flower Gift Basket
  • Canine Gift Basket
  • Gutter Cleaning Certificate
  • Dean’s Ice Cream Gift Basket
  • Kitchen Basket

Join Us on Oct. 14, 2017 for Oktoberfest!

Join Us on Oct. 14, 2017 for Oktoberfest!

We are excited to announce our 1st Annual Oktoberfest Dinner on October 14, 2017 at the John Hugo Kaiser VFW Post 1461.

Tickets are $20 per person

Doors will open at 4:30 pm and Dinner will be served at 5:30 pm.

German Dinner, Cash Bar, Live German Music, German Folk Dancers, Raffles, and Silent Auctions!

Proceeds benefit Sgt. P’s Lapghans for Veterans

Tickets may be purchased at Vintage (815) located on 522 S. State St. in Belvidere, IL or online.

 

1700th Lapghan Presentation at The Wall That Heals

1700th Lapghan Presentation at The Wall That Heals

From July 13 to 16, The Wall That Heals: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Replica and Mobile Education Center was available to visit in Sycamore, IL.

Sgt. P’s Lapghans for Veterans was proud to present 86 lapghans to veterans on July 14 and 15. Included in that distribution was the presentation of our 1700th lapghan.

Charlotte Kennedy presents the 1700th lapghan

 

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2nd Annual Stars and Stripes 5K Fun Run/3K Walk on July 29, 2017 – IMPORTANT UPDATE!

2nd Annual Stars and Stripes 5K Fun Run/3K Walk on July 29, 2017 – IMPORTANT UPDATE!

Sgt. P’s Lapghans for Veterans Second Annual Stars and Stripes 5K Fun Run/3K Walk will be held on July 29, 2017 along the Kishwaukee Riverfront Path at Belvidere Park.

Registration and Check-In begins at 6:30 am

The 5K Fun Run begins at 7:30 am and the 3K Non-competitive Walk begins at 7:40 am

The races will begin and end at the Kiddieland Shelter in Belvidere Park located at 1006 W. Lincoln Avenue in Belvidere, Il.

For More Information including registration details, pledge sheets, course maps, etc., click here

PLEASE NOTE: Early registration fees have been extended to July 28, 2017, however, only participants who register BEFORE JULY 4, 2017 will receive an event T-shirt.

Registration on the Day of the Race, July 29, must be CASH or CHECK ONLY and participants will be charged according to the Race-Day Registration Fee schedule.

Prizes, Raffles, Silent Auction!

Our organization depends on fundraisers, donations, and sponsorships to continue fulfilling our mission of wrapping our veterans in comfort and warmth with our lapghans made with love and gratitude for their sacrifice and service. As of June 27, 2017, we have distributed 1664 lapghans to veterans and active-duty military personnel. For the most recent distribution statistics, click here

NO ONE in our organization receives a salary, nor will they ever.

Sgt. P’s Lapghans for Veterans is a non-profit, tax exempt organization so your donation / sponsorship will be tax deductible.

You may also donate online here