Did you know you can help a cause you care about with your handmade goods? There are several charities for knitters and crocheters looking for donations now!
As a knitter or crocheter, you know the joy of gifting handmade items to those you love. Creating afghans, sweaters, or socks for those we care about is meaningful. But, did you know there are other ways you can use your talents to bring joy to others? There are actually several charities for knitters and crocheters to donate their handmade treasures to.
We’ve put together a list of 10 charities where you can share your handicrafts, while also changing the world.
Warm Up America began in 1991 as a way for founder Evie Rosen to give back to those in need in her small Wisconsin town. Since that time, the mission has grown quite a bit! Today, Warm Up America provides handmade goods to people all over the US. Tens of thousands of items are lovingly donated each year. They always accept afghans in all sizes, adult hats, baby hats, baby clothing, and knit or crochet sections that are 7” x 9”. The finished items are donated to shelters, hospitals, veterans facilities, and other similar places.
During World War I and II Red Cross volunteers delivered hand knit and crocheted items to soldiers and refugees in need. It was in this same spirit that Afghans for Afghans was born. Started by Red Cross volunteers, Afghans for Afghans delivers hand-knit or crocheted blankets, sweaters, hats, mittens, socks, and vests to people in need in Afghanistan. Check the website for more information on how to get involved. You can donate handmade items and know that your gift will provide comfort for someone in crisis.
When someone goes through a tragedy or crisis, the smallest sign of love can bring comfort. This is what Heartmade Blessings does with their Comfort Afghans and Bearghans. They are looking for crochet squares for the beautiful comfort afghans and Bearghans (bear shaped blankets for children) they provide to people all over the US.
Crochet for Cancer provides hand crocheted hats to oncology patients who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy. When Tracy Wells’ mom was diagnosed with cancer, both mother and daughter found comfort in handmade items donated by a local charity. That’s when Tracy decided she needed to do something to provide this type of care and compassion to others all over the country. With chapters in several states, you can mail your donations to the chapter nearest you. They also accept donations of yarn, blankets, and gift cards to craft stores. The website provides free patterns so you can create caps easily.
Of course, you’ll also need yarn. One great option to consider for soft and cozy hats is Pound of Love. This premium acrylic yarn is perfect for crochet caps!
What is more comforting for a child than a security blanket? Children feel loved and comforted when surrounded by their own security blanket. Even more so if they are ill or suffering some sort of trauma. Project Linus Founder Karen Loucks first got the idea for Project Linus while reading an article about a three-year-old child going through chemotherapy. The child had a special security blanket that was always by her side. Loucks realized that she could create blankets for her local Denver cancer center, and Project Linus has grown ever since. If you’d like to become a “blanketeer” check out their website to find your local chapter.
Soldiers’ Angels provides many forms of assistance for military troops and their families. Their sewing and crafting team provides handmade blankets to provide comfort and care for those in need. Finished blankets are given to active duty military, VA hospitals, and military families who are expecting new bundles of joy. If you’re interested in participating, take a look at their Sewing and Crafting Team page.
Knit for Kids provides knit sweaters and other precious handcrafted items to children all across the world. The project began through Guidepost magazine when they starting accepting donated knit or crocheted sweaters in 1996. Today over half a million children around the world have received one of these treasured items. In 2009, Guidepost turned over the Knit for Kids program to World Vision in order to help reach more children in need with donated knit treasures.
If you’ve ever been a pet owner, you know how much animals can enrich your life. However, for shelter animals, life often takes a different turn. These would-be pets spend time caged and lonely, without snuggling time or love. That’s where the Snuggles Project can help. By providing scared or difficult animals a “snuggle” (knit or crochet blanket) that is handmade with love, these animals will calm down and relax. If you’re a knitter or crocheter who loves animals, you can help make a better shelter experience for some furry friends.
There are approximately 14.8 million orphans in sub-Saharan Africa. Many of these children are in poverty, and/or living with AIDS. Knit-A-Square began as a family project in 2008, and quickly became a community estimated to be 12,000 people strong. Volunteers make 8×8 squares (knit or crochet), and Knit-A-Square transforms these into comfort blankets. You can help a vulnerable child feel warm, loved, and comforted, while also raising awareness for a problem that often goes overlooked.
You can also help your local community without specific charities for knitters and crocheters. Check in with local hospitals and cancer centers to see if they need caps or blanket donations for patients. You can also check with local homeless shelters or women’s shelters. Likewise, you may want to reach out to your local animal shelter to see if they would appreciate donated small blankets for the animals in their care.
How will you put your crafting skills to good use and help those in need in your community and around the world? What charities for knitters and crocheters will you reach out to? Leave us a comment below!