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Winter’s coming, and for many, that means cold weather. As this year has been especially hard, I’m sure that agencies that provide items like coats, hats, mittens, and blankets to those in need could use all kinds of help. Whether you can volunteer to crochet, knit, sew, etc. or provide some of your time to help organize fundraisers, or donate money, all help is appreciated.
Because I have been stuck inside for months, I started crocheting more often and wondered what I could possibly do with all of the items I’ve made so I did some research for organizations that accepted donations. Boy did I hit the jackpot! That’s what made me decide to write this article for my readers that like to crochet, knit or even sew, to provide them with information about causes that can always use our help.
Warm Up America coordinates and oversees volunteers to assemble blankets that are made from 7″ x 9″ sections that are crocheted or knitted by volunteers. Once they receive 500 sections, they ship them to volunteers to assemble into blankets. The assembled blankets are then delivered to other organizations for distribution to those in need.
Warm Up America’s website has a “patterns & yarns” page that provides a basic crochet or knit pattern for the 7″ x 9″ sections. For those who do not know how to knit or crochet, they also provide free tutorials. Also on their website is a link to their “current needs” page which contains information from agencies of current needs for their location.
Warm Up America hosts an annual event called “Made with Love.” Volunteers for this event “take to the streets” to distribute hats, gloves, scarves, etc. to low income families in their communities. If you’re interested in donating items or volunteering for this event please visit their website for more information.
Crochet for Cancer is a Christian, volunteer based organization that provides handmade chemo caps to cancer centers. Their website also contains free patterns and tutorials.
There are Crochet for Cancer chapters throughout the US, Canada, and Australia. Some states in the US have just a few chapters, while others do not have any. If you think you would be interested in becoming a Chapter Coordinator, you can find information here.
Project Linus is a non-profit organization that provides blankets to children in need. The blankets are handmade by adults and children.
Project Linus sets aside the 3rd Saturday in February each year as “National Make a Blanket Day.” The purpose of National Make a Blanket Day is to bring awareness to their mission. Each chapter coordinator decides what their chapter will do in their area for this event and often depends on time and available resources. If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer or making a donation you can visit their website at projectlinus.org.
Soldiers’ Angels is a national organization that provides aid, support and resources to deployed, wounded, veterans and their families. They have many different programs designed to help those who are, or have been in the military, including a Sewing and Crafting Team.
Soldiers’ Angels holds special campaigns as well, including a “Blanket Drive.” They accept many items and can always use more volunteers. Visit their website for information and ideas of how you can help.
The Snuggles Project is a special project of the Hugs Society. This project provides blankets, toys, and beds to animal shelters to help comfort sheltered animals. Their website also has a pattern library. They’re always looking for donations as well as new members. Click on the title of this paragraph to go to their website to see how you can help.
Binky Patrol provides homemade blankets to children who suffer from illness, abuse, and trauma. The children may be homeless or simply in need of warmth, comfort and love. Blankets can be crocheted, knit, sewn, fleece tied or quilted and can range in size from 3 feet squared to a size large enough to fit a twin size bed. Each chapter of Binky Patrol is responsible for doing their own fundraising and distribution of the blankets they make to their local organizations in need.
The Pink Slipper Project provides slippers as well as other items to women and children who are victims of domestic violence and are living in shelters. The handmade items are to help remind them that there are people who care. The projects, with all of the information of what is needed are posted on their Facebook page. Their website is a blog page and also has free patterns for crocheted or knitted slippers.
With so many worthy causes I know it’s hard to choose one. Of course you can choose to donate to as many as you like, I’m sure it will all be appreciated. It is also important to note that most of the organizations will also accept monetary donations. Your donation(s) are tax deductible and you will be provided a receipt.
Not crafty and don’t have extra money right now? That’s okay, you can still help. Most of the organizations also rely on fundraisers to help raise funds for their cause and they are always in need of volunteers to help with fundraisers, deliveries, etc. Some of the causes above are in need of Chapter Coordinators as well. If this interests you, visit their websites for additional information by clicking on the title of the paragraph they are highlighted in.
Although most of the causes listed mention the need for crocheted or knitted items, store bought items will always be welcome as well.
I hope that you’ve found this information helpful and that you’ll join me in crocheting or knitting for a cause. If you’re unable to find a cause in your area you can also contact your local hospitals, nursing homes, social service departments and animal shelters. If you are a former crafter and happen to have a bunch of yarn, material, or crafting supplies lying around, the organizations in this article would gladly accept them as donations as well.
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