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Amazing Kids! of the Month

Amazing Kids! is proud to highlight the Amazing Kids! of the Month!

Each month, we showcase kids who are accomplishing amazing things.  We hope that by telling their special stories, we will inspire other kids to accomplish their own amazing achievements. 

Amazing Kids! of the Month for June, 2002: 
Amazing Binky Patrol Kids, U.S.A.!
Amazing Binky Patrol kids helping collect "binkies"
to give to children in need of comfort

Quotes of the Month:

"Any age can make a difference.  We are regularly asked 'Am I too young to help?'  Our answer is always NO!" 

Susan Roush, Founder 
The Binky Patrol

To kick off the summer months, Amazing Kids! is pleased to shine the spotlight on some caring youngsters from around the country who will spend part of their summer having fun helping other kids. Our Amazing Kids! of the Month for June are the "junior" Binky Patrollers, kids who help an organization called The Binky Patrol make blankets called "binkies" for children in need of comfort.

Read all about their hard work and loving efforts below, and who knows?  Maybe you'll want to get your friends together and start a Binky Patrol in your area!

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Birth of the Binky Patrol
Amazing Binky Kid:  Elena from Troy, New York 
Amazing Binky Patrol Kids:  Orange County, California Girl Scouts
Amazing Binky Patrol Kids: St. Anne's Elementary and Middle School, Laguna Niguel, California
Binky Patrol Contact Information
Related Links

Birth of the Binky Patrol

Amazing Binky Patrol founder Susan Roush
poses with some donated binkies

You may be wondering "What's a binky?"  A binky is a homemade blanket that can be sewn, knitted, crocheted or quilted.  They range in size from 3 feet square up to twin bed size.

Binky Patrol is an all volunteer, national 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.  The kids receiving the binkies are from ages 0-18.

Binky Patrol began in Laguna Beach, California in May, 1996 with founder, Susan Roush putting a sign up sheet in front of her retail business.  Starting with just 5 volunteers, Binky Patrol has grown to over 160 chapters and 3000 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 other media coverage from regional television, radio and newspaper ever since.

Last year, Binky Patrol held anonymous baby showers across the country to celebrate their five year anniversary and over 100,000 delivered binkies!

You can read stories about some of the kids who have gotten binkies from Binky Patrol here:

Read more about how Binky Patrol got started here:

Binky Patrol has volunteers of all ages helping make binkies for the kids.  The following profiles are about just a few of the many kids and kids' groups who are junior Binky Patrollers.  While we don't have enough space to feature them all, this month's Amazing Kids! of the Month award goes to all those kids out there who are helping volunteer for Binky Patrol! 

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Amazing Binky Patrol Kid:  Elena from Troy, New York 

Earlier this year, Elena Tarnowski age 12 from Troy, New York threw an "anonymous baby shower" to help babies in her area.

She had a clever idea. Some people wanted to give gifts in addition to the binkies.  So she signed up at the babies registry at Babies R Us and Target.  That way, people who wanted to help out could purchase gifts through the registry.

Read more about Elena and her anonymous baby shower here:

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Amazing Binky Patrol Kids: Orange County, California Girl Scouts

The Girl Scouts of Orange County, California adopt Binky Patrol! 

Binky Patrol is this year's recipient of the Girl Scouts of Orange County, California's 2002 council-wide community service project, "Helping Hands, Caring Hearts Project!"   All Daisy through adult Girl Scouts can participate in this event.  As troops or individuals, Girl Scouts will make binkies for donation to children in need throughout Orange County.

Read more about it here:

On April 13, 2002 the Girl Scouts of Orange County, California held a special "Girl Scouts Drop Off Day!"  These hard working Girl Scouts dropped off binkies at seven Orange County locations.  Girl Scouts of all ages donated hundreds of binkies and shared stories about what they learned making them.  Read more about it here:

Girl Scout Troop #894, Irvine, California

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Amazing Binky Patrol Kids:  St. Anne's Elementary and Middle School, Laguna Niguel, California

St. Anne’s elementary and middle school in Laguna Niguel, California held their own "Bink-A-Thon" in April! These industrious kids turned their entire gymnasium into an amazing sewing and painting factory!  Every student in the school hand painted a fabric square and the parent volunteers and school staff sewed them together.

When they were through, they had seventy binkies to the home group of Binky Patrol! Their binkies were then given to foster children and motel kids in Orange County to help them feel very special and loved!

Read more about it here:

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Binky Patrol Contact Information:

Editor's Note:  If you're interested in joining Binky Patrol, be sure to check out their upcoming event:  Binky Jamboree on Saturday, June 22!  It will be a nationwide event, celebrating six years of Binky Patrol fun and over 150,000 binkies delivered!  Many Binky Patrol chapters will hold an old fashioned picnic at local area parks.

Foster Children across the nation will benefit from this event.  Contact the Binky Patrol (see below) to find a chapter near you, or to start your own chapter.  Happy Binky-ing!


Mail and packages:

Binky Patrol, Inc.
P.O. Box 1468
Laguna Beach, CA 92652-1468

Telephone: 949-499-BINK (2465)

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Related Links:

Binky Patrol Website:

What is a Binky?

Sample binkies:

Binky patterns:

Ways to help make binkies:

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A Special Message from Amazing Kids! for all you kids:

It's no secret...every person has an "amazing-ness" inside of them, just waiting to be discovered.  (Sometimes we just need a little help in finding out what that "amazing-ness" is!) 

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