SALES LEAD MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION'S OFFICIAL CHARITY:
The SLMA has been sponsoring Binky Patrol for nearly two years. The most recent event we sponsored was a birthday party BINK-A-THON where 25 people gathered to celebrate the birthday of an 8-year-old girl. She didn't want a typical birthday party - she wanted to help those who needed comfort.. She invited strangers, neighbors, and friends to help her make 50 blankets for local shelters.
In January, we helped to sponsor another event through the Disney, "Give A Day, Get A Day" program and HandsOnPortland. There have been several events over the past year that have produced over 750 blankets just in the Portland, Oregon area. Multiply that by over 100 chapters across the country and people are truly making a difference without a lot of effort. It's fun and easy. There may even be a chapter near your company.
Economic demographics, race, social status play no role in the decision of who gets binkies. Binky Patrol simply checks our local area shelters, hospitals, emergency foster care and other agencies to see who has the need they can help fill. They also take individual requests, scour the newspapers for those experiencing trauma and get the word out to all of the chapters. They pull together within hours to gather hundreds of blankets, clothing and other items to send to flood victims, earthquake vic times as well as their never ending list of shelters and hospitals.
They encourage their chapters to build local community by seeking the "invisible kids" near them. Those who have been forgotten, not been seen, not heard are the ones they seek to comfort. Children and teens may experience trauma when a parent or sibling is ill or has passed away. These children need binkies too - not just the ones in the hospital. They need a gift - a reminder - that they, too are loved and thought of by someone who cares.
Their volunteers aren't in it for the thank you's - they just want to make a gift from the heart that may offer comfort.
Twice a year the group orders tags that are sewn into blankets before delivery. The tags are important because they help others contact Binky Patrol if there are more needs for blankets. This is common at hospitals, shelters, and orphanages.
$500 for one round of labels - 18,000 labels with the Binky Patrol logo and one line:
Proudly sponsored by: your company name
Your Company Can Make Binkies and Get Involved:
Why not bring this to your company as an idea to get involved in the community? Companies like Ingram Micro, WalMart, BMC Software, 3M and many others have chosen to invite their employees to help make blankets, have an event where children can draw on squares, or visitors can draw on squares that are later sewn into blankets and delivered to a shelter near the company. The events are a huge hit or can be part of another event. Binky Patrol has a ton of cross promotion ideas.
Binky Patrol E-News and website sponsor:
This would place banner ads, article profile, etc. on the binkypatrol.org website. The site's exposure is increasing daily with the Disney promotion.
$100/month for site and enews ads 468 x 60 and one page article.
If you have more ideas or want to get creative, please contact Susan Finch directly.
When Susan Finch had an art gallery in Laguna Beach, she had been involved raising money through special artist galas for a local battered women's shelter - Human Options of Newport Beach. It seemed easy to help them and fun. When she tried to volunteer, it required a lot of training. Her time was limited due to owning a retail business and she was unable to help the shelter. Her mom had an idea one day to make blankets for unwed mothers. She asked Susan to help her sew them. Susan had connections with local picture framers through her art gallery and asked for their fabric remnants. She ended up with a pile odd blue, black, and off-white fabric. At that moment, a bell went off, she began to sketch a logo, came up with the name Binky Patrol and suddenly an organization was born within a few days. Susan had the idea for combining a love for quilts, children and helping others. This was much larger than Josephine Roush (Susan's mom) was ready to be involved in, but she supported her daughter 100%!
Binky Patrol officially began in Laguna Beach, California in May, 1996 with founder, Susan Finch putting a sign up sheet in front of her art gallery on Forest Avenue. From its initial 5 volunteers, Binky Patrol has grown to over 160 chapters and and estimated 20,000 volunteers nationwide ranging in age from four to 94 thanks to the help of exposure on the Oprah Winfrey Show in June of 1996 Family Circle in 1998 and a truckload of media coverage from regional television, radio and newspaper ever since.
Headquartered now in Beaverton, Oregon, Susan continues to enjoy the enthusiasm and dedication of volunteers and chapter leaders across the country.
Over 700,000 blankets have been delivered to children and teens in need of comfort.
Not only is she the founder of Binky Patrol, she is the SLMA's web developer and online marketing director.
Susan has been in the Public Relations and Advertising fields since 1984. She began web development in 1996 with her client, Anaheim, California. She fell in love with combining graphics, design, marketing and good writing into delivering an effective message for her clients. She's had her own company since the birth of her daughter in 2001 and has been growing her business each month.
Binky Patrol's Mission Statement:
All volunteer, national, 501c3 non-profit organization making and distributing homemade blankets to children born HIV+, drug-addicted, infected with AIDS or other chronic & terminal illnesses, those who are abused, in foster care or experiencing trauma of any kind.
Recipients are from 0-18.
$1 buys enough batting to make one blanket with donated fabrics.
$5 buys enough fleece to teach a non-sewer how to make a blanket and donate it to a local shelter.
$10 can buy enough batting to fill 10 blankets and make them soft and squishy.
$20 gets one chapter set up with flyers, labels, and support materials to help make their chapter a success.
$300 sponsors an event with batting, fleece and other materials to make over 100 blankets in one day.