Binky Patrol sticks it to childhood cancer

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Gia Lucca, 15, uses scissors while making a blanket at Edith Wheeler Memorial Library.

Children and adults made fleece blankets around tables inside the Ehlers Room of Edith Wheeler Memorial Library Saturday morning to fulfill the Binky Patrol’s mission of crafting 250 blankets to lift the spirits of children impacted by cancer.

The blankets will be given to families on Childhood Cancer Family Fun Night at the Sound Tigers hockey team’s game at Webster Bank Arena on Sunday, March 15.

“The children will be VIP guests at the Sound Tigers game,” said Jeanne Malgioglio, leader of the Monroe-Trumbull chapter of Binky Patrol.

Since 2014, the Binky Patrol made deliveries to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission, The Center for Family Justice, Daughters of Charity, The Malta House, Primary Care Pediatric Clinic, Al’s Angels, Ronald McDonald House and the United Way, as well as to students at various local schools.

Blankets are also routinely delivered to area hospitals, including Bridgeport, Danbury, Griffin, Stamford, St. Vincent’s and Yale New Haven.

On Saturday, close to 70 people worked on fleece blankets at the library for Binky Patrol, a nonprofit organization created to collect and deliver handmade blankets or binkies to critically ill or traumatized children.

A second session will be held at Christ the King Church in Trumbull on Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. Those interested in volunteering should send an email to [email protected] or check out events on the CT Binky Facebook page.

Malgioglio formed the Monroe-Trumbull chapter of Binky Patrol after volunteering to knit green and white scarves for children affected by the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

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