Holiday season seems to be in full swing now. Halloween done, Thanksgiving almost here and then umping right into Christmas in my house. As I think about the holidays, I always start to think about what I can be doing for others. I am so thankful for what I have and enjoy that I can give back. That led me to look into various ways knitters (and crocheters!) can share using their craft and I found several interesting opportunities. Here is a short list of the many, many charities I found…
- Warm Up America! – This links directly to their “current needs”
page and where to donate.
- Knitted Knockers – Hand knit prosthetics for women that have under gone a mastectomy or other procedures to their breast(s).
- Comfort for Critters – Pets need love too! Toys, beds blankets, they ave several options for how to contribute and list the shelters they support.
- Project Knitwell – Therapeutic knitting. They provide knitting supplies and lessons to those coping with stressful situations.
- Knots of Love – Cover two fantastic needs, hats for people going through chemo and blankets for babies in NICU care.
- The Snuggles Project – Blankets for animals in shelters.
- Project Linus – Homemade blankets for children in need.
- The Red Scarf Project – They collect scarves from September 1st – December 15th and distribute them to a foster student on Valentine’s Day.
- The Knitting Connection – Have extra yarn that you don’t think you’ll ever use? How about extra needles? Great place to donate supplies. (they accept finished items as well!)
- Local options: Homeless shelters, women’s shelters, youth organizations, nursing homes, some hospitals. For any of these, I advise contacting them in advance and seeing 1) do they accept hand made donations and 2) do they have specific guidelines.
Will you do any charity knitting during the holiday season? I would love to hear about. I am clearing out stash so I’m sure I’ll be donating supplies soon as well as look to knit up blanket or two from yarn I would otherwise destash.