DUNCANVILLE — Over the past few months, volunteers throughout the North Texas region have met bi-weekly to make blankets and covers for needy children. Binky Patrol is an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to making blankets and giving them away to children who are ill, abused, in shelters, hospitals, and experiencing any type of trauma.

Blankets can be sewn, quilted, crocheted, knitted, or tied.

The local Binky Patrol chapter serves children throughout the Metroplex and delivers blankets each month to Parkland Hospital (Dallas), Children’s Medical Center (Plano), Plano Children’s

Medical Clinic, and, on request, to individual children when a need is identified.

Over the course of the first three months of the group meeting, an average of 126 blankets a month were delivered to local hospitals. During the second quarter, the number increased to over 200 blankets a month. In the early part of summer, the local chapter was contacted to make Christmas or holiday blankets for CASA of Ellis County and LifePath Systems of McKinney (Early Childhood Invention Services). The requests were a need in addition to the regular monthly deliveries to local hospitals.

Due to the increased need for comforting blankets, Binky Patrol partnered with Ben Franklin Apothecary in Duncanville to allow the volunteers in the Best Southwest region of Dallas to start meeting one to two days each week at their quilt shop. Likewise, an additional meeting was held on the weekends in November & December in Plano.

Ten to 15 ladies regularly attend the Duncanville weekly meetings, and many even took quilt kits home to complete them outside of the meeting times. An additional 10 volunteers attended the McKinney blanket days. With the extra effort from these amazing volunteers, the North Texas chapter of Binky Patrol was able to meet their goal and presented 100 blankets to Court Appointed Special Advocate®, or CASA of Ellis County and 250 blankets to Life Path of

McKinney on December 13.

Rhodie Rawls, Executive Director of CASA of Ellis County adds, "When a child enters the foster care system, a judge in Ellis County may appoint a CASA Volunteer to advocate for the child's best interests & help them. For each child to receive a personal handmade quilt like this means so much to them, especially this time of year."

If you are looking for a wonderfully rewarding volunteer opportunity, we encourage you to check out Binky Patrol! The group provides blankets for children ages newborn to teenage through hospitals, clinics, and service organizations. The blankets need to be made from new, soft, child-friendly fabrics, and yarns that are free of allergens such as wool, smoke, dust, pet hair and pet dander. You don’t have to be an expert to make a blanket for a child in need of comfort. Volunteers of all ages and experience are needed! For more information, please join them at an upcoming chapter meeting or contact the North Texas Chapter Coordinator, Theresa Costin at tcostin@sbcglobal.net.