Here is a list of people who volunteer their talents with yarn, to lift the spirits of others. This is what it means to create a piece of care and love, between one’s fingers. These people know what it feels like to give these gifts (the gift of Care and the gift of Love), these pieces which carry sentiment within them, to another human being.
I will continue to add to this list as I come across new knitting, crochet, and fiber arts charities.
Stitch Witches Charity Knitting & Crochet Circle
Knitting Up a Storm
Elk Studio Handcrafts:
Afghans for Afghans
This program sends hand-knit and crocheted blankets and garments to the people of Afghanistan.
Mission Statement “Because we believe every vulnerable or disadvantaged child should own a teddy bear.”
Binky Patrol, Inc
Their mission is to help provide comfort and warmth to children experiencing trauma of any kind.
Participants make soft, stylish hats for chemotherapy patients who have lost their hair. Hats may be distributed to local hospital oncology units or sent away to be distributed in other communities.
Chicagoland Head Huggers
Chicagoland Head Huggers is a not-for-profit organization committed to hugging every in-need chemo patient’s head with a crafted hat donated by a caring volunteer.
Click for Babies
This organization is a grassroots initiative to collaborate with knitters and crocheters across North America to make PURPLE caps for babies.
The Handiwork Ministry
Providing handmade items of care and comfort to people in need.
Knit-a-Square organizes 1,700 members from 30 countries worldwide to knit and send 8 x 8″ squares for blankets. These squares are received by Knit-a-Square in Johnnesburg, and sewn into blankets for distribution to some of South Africa’s 1.4 million AIDS orphans and abandoned children.
“Blanketeers” sew, quilt, knit or crochet blankets to be given to seriously ill or traumatized children.
Seamen’s Church Institute: Christmas At Sea
Since World War I, the Seamen’s Church Institute has provided scarves, watch caps and sweaters for far-flung mariners on Christmas Day. The organization collects donates items throughout the year.
Knitters create a shawl to be given to comfort the recipient, or as a gift during a special time of life. Prayers are offered during the knitting of the shawl and before it is given away.
“Snuggles” are security blankets for homeless dogs and cats. These blankets must be machine washable and are donated directly to participating shelters listed under “Shelter Index” on the website.
Stitches From The Heart
A nationwide group of volunteers, who love to knit, crochet and quilt for premature and newborn babies across the nation.
Veterans’ Cap Drive
Knots of Love launches a VA Cap Drive to support veterans that are battling cancer at VA hospitals across the country.
Warm Up America!
Participants make afghans or 7″ x 9″ rectangles to be joined with others into afghans which are distributed to social service agencies within the community.
See a list of many more charities here: http://www.woolworks.org/charity.html
Knit ‘n Style: http://www.knitnstyle.com/knitforcharity/
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