If you have a talent for knitting, crocheting, and sewing one way you can help others is by making blankets, scarves, and other needed items for different groups, both locally and nationally.
If you would like to keep your donations to helping people in your local area, contact area organizations. I recommend contacting ones you are interested in helping and ask what kind of items they could use. Dropping off items that aren’t needed is actually more of an inconvenience than a help. Some local organizations include:
If you would like to organize a large donation drive in your area I recommend posting on various social media sites about your project, posting a free ad in newspapers that allow a free post, posting signs in area craft stores and other businesses. Be creative getting the word out.
Here is a list of national organizations you can connect with to send items to. You can find many more listed online.
Project Linus – This organization focuses on making blankets for children in hospitals, shelters, social service, agencies, or anywhere a child may be in need of a blanket. They have chapters in most states, but if there isn’t one near you, you can send the blankets or supplies to the next closest chapter. Or you could even start your own chapter of Project Linus in your area if there isn’t one near by. There are some important things to follow before sending in blankets so be sure to check out the website for more details.
Warm Up America – This organization is not just for those with experience knitting/crocheting. The donations are distributed to individuals and families through community service organizations as well as big organizations like the American Red Cross. They accept:
- Finished adult, child, and baby size afghans
- Adult hats, caps, baby caps
- Gloves and mittens
- Baby clothing
- 7″ x 9″ knit and crochet sections
The knit/crochet sections are put together by volunteers to make completed afghans. One thing you could do is get a group together to make sections for a completed afghan. This would be a good option if not everyone in your group knows how to knit or crochet well.
The site has numerous patterns and also projects that a teacher or group leader can organize. They have a section on the site under Get Involved called Made With Love you can find information on to set up a donation drive in your area. The whole site has so many great ideas on how to get the word out and how to create projects.
Red Scarf Project – This project is run through Foster Care to Success. They are only able to take donated scarves between September 1 and December 15 annually because of lack of storage space.
Knitted Knockers – This is a unique way to help. Knitted Knockers is a charity whose volunteers make “light comfortable knitted prosthetic that when place in a bra has the shape and feel of a real breast.” Since 2010 they’ve given away over 8,000 knitted/crocheted knockers to women in all 50 states.
Mother Bear Project – This project “is dedicated to providing comfort and hope to children affected by HIV/AIDS in emerging nations, by giving them a gift of life in the form of a hand-knit or crocheted bear.”
Snuggles Project – This project focuses on making items for animals in shelters and rescues.