Thursday, January 17, 2008

Knitting for Charity

Have you ever thought about donating items you knit to charity? This is a great way to help those in need and it makes you feel so good. You can start your own charity knitting club. Start calling the charities in your local area like homeless shelters, boys or girls homes, hospitals, etc. You can also find many places online that will take your donations.

  • Afghans for Afghans - afghans for Afghans is a humanitarian and educational people-to-people project that sends hand-knit and crocheted blankets and sweaters, vests, hats, mittens, and socks to the beleaguered people of Afghanistan.
  • Compassion Knits-Our mission is to provide hand-knit and crocheted hats, mittens,and scarves to local homeless communities. We believe that homeless men, women and children ought to have a set of winter items that are hand-stitched specifically with them in mind. We also know that most knitters have a stash of yarn in their closet or basement. This is a great opportunity to use up a few odd balls of yarn and make a significant difference to a homeless person.
  • Chemo Caps-We encourage each of you to knit one or two or a few chemocaps and donate them to a cancer treatment center in the area where you live. It's neighbors helping neighbors one chemocap at a time and yes it does make a difference!
  • Hats for the Homeless-We ask that you make Hats for the Homeless part of your Holiday Traditions. If you know how to crochet or knit or would like to just donate a hat, scarf or pair of gloves, then send them to the address below. Please do not send money. Wrapping your gift will be helpful. The warm gift-giving feeling that comes with giving this gift will surpass any other gift you give this Holiday season.
  • Heart to Heart Angels-My dream is to see that as many neonatal units as possible are supplied with "angel dresses", so that no baby is handed to it's Mom and Dad for their final goodbyes, dressed only in an undershirt and diaper. You can make a difference. Will you please help?
  • Heavenly Angels in Need-Heavenly Angels focuses on helping the community through various knitting projects. They are particularly interested in helping babies and children, in America and overseas. The site offers patterns and lots of information on ways you can help.
  • Knit for Kids-Make sweaters for kids.
  • Knitting for Noggins-Help make a difference in the lives of patients and families at Arkansas Children's Hospital! Knit or crochet hats for children of all ages through our Knitting for Noggins program.
  • Life2Orphans-Life2Orphans is a collaborative, secular, non-profit established by a group of caring individuals primarily to directly help over 6,491 orphans, aged 0 to 18 years, in orphanages in Ukraine, as well as ship boxes cost-effectively to other orphanages in Ukraine.
  • Mother Bear Project-The Mother Bear Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing comfort and hope to children, primarily those affected by HIV/AIDS in emerging nations, by giving them a gift of love in the form of hand-knit and crocheted bears.
  • Newborns in Need-Newborns in Need, Inc. (NIN) is a 501(c)3 charity organized to take care of sick and needy babies and their families; and in cases of crisis, to help where help is needed.
  • Project Angel Kisses-"Project Angel Kisses is a ministry, built on a foundation of faith and prayer, to help meet the very special needs of precious preemies and full-term babies whose parents are in need of help. We want each family to know, without a doubt, that there are people who love their tiny angels, are praying for them, and want to help by crocheting, knitting, quilting, and sewing hats, booties, afghans, mitts, angel layettes (burial layettes), diaper shirts, gel pillowcases, etc. We have a LOT of fun and make cherished friendships as we make angel gifts for "our babies."
  • Project Linus-It is our mission to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer "blanketeers."
  • Shawl Ministry-Whether they are called Prayer Shawls, Comfort Shawls, Peace Shawls, or Mantles, etc., the shawl maker begins with prayers and blessings for the recipient. The intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl. Upon completion, a final blessing is offered before the shawl is sent on its way. Some recipients have continued the kindness by making a shawl and passing it onto someone in need. Thus, the blessing ripples from person-to-person, with both the giver and receiver feeling the unconditional embrace of a sheltering, mothering God!
  • Snuggles Project-The Snuggles Project was founded by our president and founder, Rae French, in 1996 because of her heartfelt need to do something for the innocent victims who find themselves in animal shelters without a bit of comfort to call their own. Picturing them in their hard cold cells made her heart ache to do something to help. So she got the idea of security blankets for shelter animals. The security blankets are called "Snuggles." Each animal would get a Snuggle to cuddle up with to feel warmth and comfort. Most shelter animals are kept in areas with stainless steel braces and hard plastic flooring or even bare concrete floors. The Snuggles would allow them to have a little reprieve from the coldness of the pen they are kept in.
  • The Preemie Project-The Preemie Project comforts premature and critically ill infants and their families at The University of Iowa Children’s Hospital by giving gifts of hats, booties and blankets that have been handcrafted by a devoted group of local and national volunteers. In addition, The Preemie Project offers solace to families who are grieving a loss by providing bereavement items such as handcrafted burial layettes and tokens of remembrance. The Preemie Project uses financial contributions to supply UI Children’s Hospital families in financial crisis with basic necessities such as diapers, toiletries and clothing.
  • Threads of Love-Threads of Love is an outreach sewing ministry that strives to provide for some of the physical needs of tiny infants, while showing God's love to the babies' parents and families.
  • Warm up America-Warm Up America! (WUA!) is an organization made up of volunteers who create handmade afghan blankets, clothing and accessories to help those in need. These items provide warmth and comfort to people who have lost their homes, fled abusive relations, or are being cared for in hospices, shelters, hospitals, and nursing home.
  • Warm Woolies-Warm Woolies is a non-profit organization whose volunteers knit warm clothing for poverty-stricken children who would otherwise suffer from cold. Our mission is to provide the very neediest children with wool sweaters, vests, hats, mittens, and slippers.
  • Warming Families-Warming Families serves the needs of the homeless and displaced by donating blankets and other warm items to shelters

Also, join your local Freecycle group and ask if anyone has yarn they would like to give away. Many people have bought yarn throughout the years and never got around to using it.

If you have any charities you would like me to add please let me know. Leave me comments and tell me about your charity knitting projects.

1 comment:

answerfound said...

I am currently knitting some hats using the knifty knitter looms to donate to our local homeless shelter; It takes me about 2 hours of steady knitting to create one hat. I hope to have many made in time for the winter.