There are so many children that have been born into some very bad situations. Things like drug addiction, being HIV positive, neglected, abused and traumatized. According to the mission statement on their website, Binky Patrol is devoted to reaching out to those needy children, from birth to 18 years old. Binky Patrol is an organization that reaches out to comfort those children with something that’s been deemed “binkies”. Binkies are blankets, used to help keep children warm.

Binky Patrol was started by Susan Finch in California. She’s currently based in Oregon. They have chapters in just about every state. Dayle Gruder started the local chapter of Binky Patrol at her home in Mechanicville, and is still running it. Dayle’s chapter is currently helping to fill baskets for Birthright. They have made other Binky items like sweaters, burp cloths, diaper envelopes and more.

Dayle Gruder with Bro. Lou Roberts (Phot courtesy of Flounder / WGNA)

I had the pleasure of talking to her about Binky Patrol. You can hear the conversation on 107.7 WGNA on Sunday morning from 6:00 a.m. to 6:10 a.m. on our public affairs show  Capital Region Sunday.

If you’d like to donate or would like more information about Binky Patrol, you can visit their website, or call 518-664-5271. There will also be a fundraiser for Binky Patrol on March 28 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Raymour And Flanigan, 1695 route 9 in Clifton Park. They will be making fleece tied blankets and featuring demonstrations on how to make binkies. You can call Dayle at 518-664-5271 (before 9:00 p.m.) for more information.