BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – A Binghamton woman is asking for the community’s help to make homemade sleeping bags for people in need. For the past five years, Jill Madigan and Lorna Koberlein say they have been collecting donated blankets, comforters and ties to make the sleeping bags for people of all ages. Madigan says she is also accepting donations of used sheets, blankets, comforters, and new toiletries. The volunteers say the sewing is not just a bonding experience but a mission to make a better community and help those less fortunate. “When people come in that don’t have anything to sleep with or are homeless. Or if people come in that move in from out of town, they have kids they don’t have beds yet. Sometimes I’ve given away four or five at a time so the family can have something to sleep on,” said Madigan. “We are very busy in this basement,” said Madigan. “One of my gifts from God is giving and this is a good way to give back to the community.” “You don’t get paid or anything, that’s not the point of it all. The point is just knowing that somebody is going to have something to sleep on. When you go to bed at night, aren’t you comfy in your bed? Well I think of people who don’t have a bed,” said Madigan. Madigan says she with the help of volunteers, has made and distributed more than 30 sleeping bags this year and they continue to make them in her home. “Every sleeping bag has toiletries in them. From shampoos, to conditioners, combs, brushes and wash clothes,” said Madigan. If you would like to donate or take part in making homemade sleeping bags, you can contact Madigan via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. “If one of the colleges, either Binghamton University or Broome would have some kind of student group that would want to help do this and carry it on because let’s face it, I’m not getting any younger and the majority of people that have been making these for Broome County are older than me and they are no longer doing it,” said Madigan. Madigan then distributes the bags to local food or clothing banks in the Southern Tier including Nearly New Shop.
The Decision Points Program was working on incentives to get youth to want to freely visit, as most of the youth they work with are adolescent males, they found out food was a great motivator. “We are in a small town here and the probation department is so important to get kids on the right track. Twenty years ago I was apart of the probation department in Broome County when I got in trouble and it did a lot of good for me. The same experience I had in Broome County I think could happen here in Tioga County and help get kids back on the right track,” said Weitsman. “They role play, they talk it out, we have all these papers all over the walls where they think about what are some of the possible consequences if I make this choice, or this choice, or this choice. So basically its teaching them about making choices in the future.” said Joy Bennet, the Tioga County Probation Director. (WBNG) — Local businessman Adam Weitsman made a generous donation Friday morning to a local program that supports at risk youth. Weitsman presented a donation of $2,500 to the program on Friday morning at his Owego Shredding Facility, after learning that the program is paid partly out of pocket by probation officers. It’s an evidence based program where juveniles meet in a small group and acquire important decision making skills. The program established by the Tioga County Probation Department is called Decision Points. The donation will go towards providing more incentives for at risk youth, one alley they wanted to explore was the purchasing of sneakers for the kids for school.
The Elmira Police Department is asking anyone with information regarding the incident to please contact them at (607)737-5626, or the tip line at (607)271-HALT. Police say there will be no further details released at this time. (WBNG) — The Elmira Police Department is investigating a death in the Chemung River. According to an official press release, police were called to the the area of the river near Walnut Street early Sunday afternoon where they found a “subject” deceased in the water, leading to the opening of the death investigation.
BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Binghamton Police say two people have been taken to area hospitals after a stabbing incident on Chenango Street Saturday. Stay with 12 News as we continue to update this developing story. Police say the the two people suffered stab wounds. They added the investigation is currently ongoing.
Bruce is more than ready to be part of it again. Bruce returns to a Bearcats team with a number of new faces. “Because of the pandemic, everything going on, all the work it took to get back, it’s just been a long road,” said Bruce. “It’s been pretty smooth,” he said. “We played a couple games of pickup, getting in shooting groups and things like that so it’s been fun learning everyone’s game.” Bruce said there was a time when he wasn’t sure if he’d play college basketball again after suffering a concussion ahead of the 2018-2019 season. The 6-foot-9 senior center’s last game was in February of 2018. His junior season, he led the conference in blocks with 61 and averaged 11.1 points per game. He also earned All-Defensive Team honors after his 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons. Practices are underway at Binghamton, and Bruce said it hasn’t been difficult to mesh with the team. “We’re coming in looking like a regular season” he said. “Coming in, wanting to win.” VESTAL (WBNG) — Thomas Bruce is back on the Binghamton men’s basketball roster after an injury sidelined him for two years. Entering this season, Bruce is looking to add to what he’s already done well. “It’s kind of funny, coming back to a team where you know, no one really,” said Bruce. With no start date in place for the upcoming season, the expectations for the Bearcats haven’t changed. “For those who have known me, they know I like to play above the rim, a lot of dunks, highlights type of things,” he said. “In the offseason I’ve been working a lot on my perimeter game, looking to bring that to the game, continue with my defensive effort.” “Sometimes it gets hard to keep the head down and keep pushing through it. You just have to stay strong, stick to your thing perfect your craft as people say, so that’s what I tried to do and you know, hoping to show my work,” said Bruce.