Our chapter will once again be providing blankets to the TAPS Memorial Day Good Grief Camp. This is one of the two national efforts we provide blankets for in order to support our military families of fallen heroes. The other is Snowball Express (www.snowballexpress.org ). TAPS is now expanding their efforts to provide support to children and families of Military personnel and Veterans that commit suicide. More info about TAPS is available at www.TAPS.org including:
TAPS Good Grief Camp for children and teens provides a safe and supportive atmosphere to conduct activities and opportunities to learn coping skills, establish and identify support systems and create awareness that they are not alone in the grief of their loved one. Children and teens meet others of their own age group to share and learn, together.
TAPS blankets will be due April 21st. Fleece blankets with crocheted edges or other finishes (please no double layered blankets), light weight quilts, and crocheted/knitted blankets all work fine. These children love the patriotic blankets (please no flags that might remind a child of the flag on a casket), camouflage blankets (including pink, gray and orange ones), blankets depicting branches of the military (Army and Marines are most popular) and other children’s blankets. We do not need baby/small blankets for this effort. Blankets should be approximately 45 x 45 (1 ½yards of fleece with the selvage edges cut off makes a nice size blanket) and larger up to full size adult blankets. Blankets are due to drop off locations on April 21st but you can turn them in at any time and we will hold them for mailing in May 2018.