10 Ideas for Charity Knitting


Knit-a-thon Charity Knitting Ideas

As the Knit for Food Knit-a-Thon nears, many of us are starting to plan the projects we’ll be working on for those TWELVE hours of crafting. This has become a big topic of conversation over in the Knit For Food Facebook Group! 

Recently the idea of charity knitting came up, so we decided to put together a list of organizations for anyone interested in using their needles for good.

I also want to say that I support anyone knitting for whatever reason they want! If that is charity, great! If that is to make yourself a sweater, great! If you are knitting something for one of your donors, awesome! However you decide to use your time is just right.  Being a part of the knit-a-thon and spreading the word is already commendable work!

If you are wanting to donate your hand work, there are so many ways to do that!
Below is a list of organizations we are inspired by:

1.  Think local!  

There are places in every community that accept donations: the NICU at your local hospital, Cancer Resource Centers, homeless shelters, mutual aid groups, etc. Call around, ask your local knitting guild or LYS… they are sure to have a list.

Knit the rainbow

2.  Knit the Rainbow

At least 40% of homeless youth in New York City identify as LGBTQ+. Knit the Rainbow works to empower and protect these youth by providing them with handmade knit & crochet winter clothing accessories. 

3.  Foster Care to Success Red Scarf Project 

The care package program is an opportunity to give a little that means a lot. The Red Scarf Project sends handmade scarves each winter to a college student from foster care.

Project Linus

4.  Project Linus

Project Linus sends new handmade blankets to children in need. Blankets are lovingly made by adults and children from all walks of life and many different sources.

5.  Warmth For Warriors

Warmth for Warriors is dedicated to supporting our soldiers both active and retired. Handmade items from us help boost morale and let our soldiers know we are grateful for all they do.

Knitted Knockers

6.  Knitted Knockers 

Knitted Knockers are special handmade breast prostheses for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breast. Traditional breast prosthetics are usually expensive, heavy, sweaty, and uncomfortable. Knitted Knockers on the other hand are soft, comfortable, and free to those requesting them.

7.  Mother Bear Project 

Mother Bear Project is dedicated to providing comfort and hope to children affected by HIV/AIDS in emerging nations by giving them a gift of love in the form of a hand-knit or crocheted bear.

Crafters for Rescued Animals

8Crafters for Rescued Animals  

There are an estimated 14,000 animal rescues in the US that take in nearly 8 million animals a year. Most rely solely on donations from their community. CARA assists rescues with crafted items tailored directly to their needs and connects rescuers and crafters all over the world.

9.  The Magic Yarn Project

The Magic Yarn Project crafts character wigs for children with medical hair loss. Their mission is to bring magic into the lives of children battling cancer, and to inspire volunteerism to make a difference.


10.  Hat Not Hate

Hat Not Hate is an anti-bullying campaign.  We ask knitters and crocheters to make handmade hate and donate them to our cause.  In October, National Bullying Prevention Month, we distribute the hats across the country for students to wear, empowering them to stand up to bullying.

There are so many ways to use our knitting skills to help those in need. If you know of any others, please share them (with a link) in the comments.

Together we can craft a brighter future for everyone.

Comments

  1. Two others that I've contributed to, in addition to the fabulous groups above: https://alicesembrace.org/
    https://hugsthroughshrugs.org/

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  2. Many churches have a Prayer Shawl ministry, and they give handmade shawls to women who need comfort.
    There is also Knit Your Bit, which accepts scarves to distribute to veterans through V.A. Hospitals and other veterans organizations. Their Facebook page is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/35427872496

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  3. I have contributed to Christmas as Sea (a project of the Seaman's Church Group), which provides warm hats, scarves, and other items to men and women mariners who work the ships that bring us our stuff. This program can only accept certain designs, but they offer several free patterns, including the popular 1898 Hat. Free patterns can be found here: https://seamenschurch.org/programs-services/christmas-at-sea/patterns-publications/ (scroll down for links to patterns.)

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  4. My plan is to donate the blanket I'll be finishing during the knitathon to the Welcome Blanket project. Also, double check on what Knit the Rainbow wants right now... they recently requested a switch due to the seasons shifting.

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  5. I have donated to The Children of Pine Ridge Reservation. They have a Ravelry forum with all the information if anyone is interested in more info.
    https://www.ravelry.com/groups/for-the-children-of-pine-ridge

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  6. My "pet" knitting charity is Knit-a-Square, benefitting orphaned children in South Africa. https://www.knit-a-square-southafrica.com/about.html

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  7. Wool-Aid, with its vibrant Ravelry community, sends warm woolen items globally for children in places like the Himalayas, Syrian refugee camps and Afghanistan.

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