I learned from a friend of mine who is an administrator in the St. Paul, Mn. public schools that some kids do not have winter hats, mittens, or scarves, and that there is an organization which provides those items. kids who need these are identified by teachers and requests are made. Those people who manage the organization collect these items from dozens of knitters. The organization also has drivers who will pick up items from the knitters, several times a year, and also has yarn to distribute to the knitters. There is a team of people who purchase yarn, paid for by donations, and teams of people who sort the yarn so the knitters, at the summer breakfast, can pick out what yarns they want to use. I have such a big stash that I am glad to use my own yarn.
Some time in October the items are delivered to the schools and distributed to the kids. Several thousand items are given to kids. Last year there were more than 150 volunteers volunteers -- knitters, drivers, sorters, shoppers, etc. If people make larger sizes, they are given to shelters, etc. for adults.
I love making hats; they are easy, quickly finished, use my creativity in using up partial skeins, putting different colors and different stitches together. The recommendation is that for kids, we use acrylic yarns. or other machine washable yarns(so they can be tossed into the washing machine). For adults, we can use wool or wool blends. I use all kinds of acrylics and blends from Lion brand.
Last year I believe more than 15,000 items were made and distributed mostly to kids in the St. Paul public schools and a few hundred to some homeless shelters.
I knit for family as well, and I make about 30 hats a year for Marvelous Mitten Makers. They have newsletter and a website and you can find out more info there. It is really a marvelous effort.
The kids write thank you's and those notes are displayed and distributed at a summer continental breakfast for the volunteers.
I am sure there are photos if you want to contact the coordinators, Judy and Ron Bonnevier, 1714 Kerry Lane, Woodbury, Mn. 55125