The Binkeez for Comfort® organization quietly and sustainably supports patients and their families at a growing number of leading Children’s Hospitals throughout the United States. These hospitals consistently tell us that our blankets have a positive, cascading impact. The initial warmth and comfort can lead to more rest and less stress, which in turn can lead to a more positive outcome. Child life specialists refer to these kinds of reactions as “clinical benefits”.
Binkeez has multiple ways one can help....
Angels Among Us
Supports our families that experience the loss of a child. Binkeez sends an expression of sympathy to the bereaved family. Each family who endures the loss of a child receives a beautiful handmade creation as a way of acknowledging and remembering their precious child. Each winter holiday season, Binkeez sends a special wooden expression of remembrance for their child who is no longer among us, in the earthly sense. In addition, every year on the anniversary (referred to as an “Angelversary” in this program) of each child’s passing, a card of remembrance is sent.
This special program is guided by an angel mom who resides in North Carolina. As an angel mom shared with us, “Grief is such a process and it is never over. Although the cards stop, the stories slow down, and sometimes stop. My biggest fear is that people forget. As a parent of an angel, I feel like I am losing and the distance becomes greater, and the new normal sets in. People always say the first year is the hardest. No, it’s numbing. The years that follow are not easier.” Inspired by Tara Bean
Individual Binkeez Request
Our mission and organization supports children and families who can request a Binkeez for Comfort® blanket to be sent at no cost through our website by filling out a simple but necessary qualification form. In 2019 these individual requests supported over 350 life threatening illnesses.
We have been blessed to travel to the best Children’s Hospitals in the United States to bring something so much more than just a blanket: comfort, hope and love to the bravest of lives inpatient in the hospital.
Binkeez for Comfort® supports programs based in the following pediatric diagnosis in the leading children’s hospitals in the United States of America:
Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center
Boston Children’s Hospital
Baystate Medical Center
Boston Medical Center
The Carter Bucciero HUGS Program
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Children’s of Seattle
Cottage Children’s Medical Center –Cottage Health
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
Diamond Children’s Medical Center –
Emilio Nares Foundation
Floating Hospital for Children in Boston
Hale Center for Families
Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital
Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center
Kravis Children’s Hospital – Mount Sinai
MassGeneral Hospital for Children
Megan L Cordeiro Memorial Foundation
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Mount Sinai Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU)
UMass Memorial Medical Center
UMass Memorial Medical Center (NICU)
Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Prayers for My Christopher
St. Christopher Hospital for Children
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Peter’s University Hospital Stanford Children’s Health – Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
Team Lilly Foundation
Team Parker for Life
Texas Children’s Hospital
University of Iowa Hospitals
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Vermont Medical Center
Ventura County Medical Center
Yale New Haven Hospital
Binkeez for Comfort® has the humbling privilege of positively affecting the lives of thousands of children facing life threatening illnesses. Occasionally our outreach has the opposite result, which is to say that a child has more of an impact on us than we do on them. A fighter who inspires us to continue the mission of assisting and supporting children facing the unthinkable.
We have a modest but heartfelt way of giving back to and thanking the families of these children whose unfailing courage motivates the entire Binkeez for Comfort® Team. We memorialize a blanket in the child’s name under our “Inspirations Program”. The blanket’s fabric will be a special and previously unused pattern. The child will receive the first child-sized blanket hand-cut and hand-sewn from the initial bolt of the new Inspiration Fabric. Also, from the second cutting the family will receive an adult-sized blanket, crafted in the same loving way.
Comfort for Community
In 2019 a new program was added to ensure crisis support needs in our community are met with the donation of blankets made from fabrics that have experienced exposure due to the normal course of business.