Monroe woman is on ‘Binky Patrol’

Monroe resident Jeanne Malgioglio — the same woman who started the “Scarves from Sandy Hook” movement — has started a local chapter of Binky Patrol. Binky Patrol is a national nonprofit organization that makes and gives handmade blankets to babies born HIV positive or drug-addicted; critically ill children; and children who are abused, in shelters or foster care.

Eligible recipients are one-day to 18-years-old. Any child experiencing trauma or loss who needs the security of knowing someone cares and that they are loved receives the blankets, according to Malgioglio.

Founded by Beaverton, Ore. resident Susan Finch in 1996, the organization has delivered more than 575,000 blankets since its inception.

According to Finch, “No sewing experience is necessary. There are many ways to help and participate. Crocheters and knitters are also welcome… Binky sizes range from 24 by 30 inches, to twin bed size for the teens. Anything goes — simple or complex, as long as they are soft and washable. They all express love.”

Locally, Binky Patrol Connecticut plans on delivering to St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Bridgeport Hospital, Yale New Haven Children’s Center, Griffin Hospital and the Center for Family Justice. For more information on how to join this local effort call Jeanne Malgioglio at 203-449-3985, email her at [email protected] or write to National Headquarters: Binky Patrol Comforting Covers, PO Box 652, Beaverton, OR 97075-0652.

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