Local woman seeks volunteers and donations to continue making sleeping bags for those in need

first_imgBINGHAMTON (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.center_img 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 [email protected] “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.last_img

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