After returning from the Peace Corps, Heather Brown wanted to combine her passion for travel with her love of knitting. In 2009, she founded the nonprofit organization Global Knit to give back both at home and abroad. Global Knit has donated to children in the United States, Afghanistan, Mongolia, and Haiti so far with plans to expand to even more locations. Items distributed in these countries keep homeless and orphaned children warm all year long.
Because Global Knit donates to different locations, volunteers are able to knit or crochet a variety of projects to suit their interests. The most needed items are socks and sweaters for children aged 5-18. These can be knitted or crocheted from any pattern using any yarn with 70% wool content or higher. This ensures that the children will stay warm, even if the garment gets wet. Yarns like Fishermen's Wool, LB Collection Superwash Merino, and Lion Wool are perfect for these projects.
To aid victims of the Haitian earthquake, Global Knit is partnering with Food for the Poor to make bath kits. Each kit contains a 10" x 10" washcloth, a 12" x 18" cotton towel, and a bar of soap. Washcloths and towels should be made of 100% cotton, such as Lion Cotton. These kits are already being distributed within the country, but there is still a large need for completed bath kits. Click here to read the bath kit requirements on the Global Knit website.
Finished items and monetary donations can be mailed to the following address:
PO Box 69
Hilliard, OH 43228
For more information on Global Knit, visit their website at http://www.globalknit.org.