Knit or Crochet for Charity – Where to Start
There are so many avenues you can travel when looking for the place of your choice to knit or crochet for charity, so we wanted to make this an easy search and provide you with some verified, legitimate organizations up front that you can get started with. You don’t have to limit yourself to just one either! There are so many, from children’s charities to cancer organizations to animal projects. They are all important and would not be able to continue their great work without the many volunteers who work tirelessly on the mission.
It’s important to really make note when preparing your supplies as many organizations require certain standards, from yarn type to care instructions before sending your items in. There are many patients who deal with allergies and already lowered immune systems so it’s important to the organizations requirements first and foremost.
“..Because it feels so good to be a part of something that can make a difference”
Since 2007, our mission is to warm the hearts & heads of children + women + men + veterans going through chemo.
Make sure while you are visiting the site that you read their About Us page and learn more about becoming a part of a group that does great things!
Soldiers’ Angels provides aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, their families and a growing veteran population.
This project is a bit more time sensitive!
The #SoldiersAngelsBlanketDrive runs from May 1 – August 31, 2017
With Project Linus, blankets are collected locally and distributed to children in hospitals, shelters, social service agencies, or anywhere that a child might be in need of a big hug
You can become a part of the project by donating home-made blankets by becoming a “blanketeer”, giving of your time at a local chapter event or even become a Chapter Coordinator yourself.
Knitted Knockers offers special handmade breast prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breast.
There are several ways to contribute on this page along with pattern information.
Listen to the women herself behind Knitted Knockers. Her story is so real, touching and inspirational!
Founded in 1991, Care Wear is a group of volunteers who provides several handmade knit and crochet baby items to hospitals.
The link above will lead you to more details on donation requirements.
With chapters across the country, Threads of Love provides clothing, blankets and other handmade articles for tiny premature and sick infants. Along with this…
When a parent is faced with the death of an infant through miscarriage, infant death or stillbirth, we reach out to them with a packet showing God’s love through our sewing skills, silently saying, “You are loved.”
The website offers both burial and preemie gown pattern on the website linked above.
All volunteer, national, non-profit organization making and distributing homemade blankets to children born HIV+, drug addicted, infected with AIDS or other chronic and terminal illnesses, those who are abused, in foster care or experiencing trauma of any kind.
You can use your preferred pattern or Click here for pattern ideas.
Founded in 1991, Warm Up America distributes warm afghans, caps and other items to tens of thousands of people, thanks to the generosity of knitters and crocheters around the country!
Warm Up America encourages forming independent groups locally as well to help carry out their mission.
Click here for pattern suggestions.
Founded in 1996 by Guideposts Magazine, Knit for Kids began as a way to send hand knit or crocheted sweaters to children in need. The project was turned over to World Vision in 2009 so that more children could be helped.
They provide knit or crochet infant blankets, children’s caps, mittens or scarves.
Finished donations can be dropped off at your local AC Moore or mailed to:
Knit for Kids
c/o World Vision
210 Overlook Drive
Sewickley, PA 15143
Providing bows and headbands for young girls undergoing treatment for cancer and other serious medical conditions.
By helping Bow Dazzling today, you are helping one more girl gain confidence and self-esteem while going through a difficult journey.
Animal Knit or Crochet for Charity Organizations
Founded by President and Founder of Hugs for Homeless Animals Rae French, the Snuggles Project was born when a need was felt for security blankets for shelter animals to comfort them in their cold hard cells. Snuggles provide a frightened animal with calm and comfort in an uncertain environment.
The Snuggles Project is a very good project for kids and people learning how to crochet, knit or quilt because the Snuggles don’t have to be perfect. The animals love them any way they can get them. All that is required is that they be made with love.
To volunteer your knit or crochet skills for this project, visit this link which provides information for sizing and pattern.
This organization helps relieve shelter animals from the traumatizing environment of through donated hand crafted knitted, crocheted, or sewn blankets.
Having something to call their own, which provides warmth year-round, familiar smells and a soft touch, can make all the difference.
There are so many wonderful organizations that are doing amazing work with the help of volunteers. Your local church, hospital, nursing home and shelter many times rely on donations from the community, so make sure to check local while you are searching for somewhere to help.
I would love to add to this list and eventually compile a small database along with this information to make it easy to locate the charity of your choice by specific hand made needs.
If you know of another knit or crochet for charity, non-profit organization that I can quickly verify and add to this list, I would greatly appreciate your feedback! You could leave a comment below and I will verify then add them asap!