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Do you know of a nationwide charity program that accepts crocheted items that is not on CGOA's list? Please send information on the charity to: Charity@crochet.org with the charity name, description, address, phone, email, URL and why the charity should be included. Updates may also be sent to the same address.
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Description: 1000 Stitches is a project organized by Marny Elliott of Columbia, Missouri to encourage 1000 people to sew, knit or crochet a blanket for someone in need. Each individual crafter is encouraged to select a local individual or charity to support (e.g. homeless shelter, child with AIDS or cancer, a child living in a group home). Make a blanket for the charity or person or organization; wrap it as a gift with a note enclosed that provides a message of hope. Let Marny know (via e-mail, postcard, or letter) about your donation and the message you included; the type of blanket you gave; the recipient; how you felt about giving the gift; and include a photograph if possible. As a part of the 1000 Stitches project, Marny will make a booklet of all the items given away for everyone who participates. She will also help individuals find an organization in their area that needs donations.
Donations: Blankets sewn, knit or crocheted
Contact Person: Marny Elliott
Afghans for Angels
Description: Afghans for Angels is an organization made up completely of volunteers who make and distribute baby blankets to local hospitals to give to parents who have suffered the loss of their infant throught miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death. Please include the washing/drying/care i nstructions with any blankets that you send.
Donations: Baby Blankets
American Angels Heroghans
Description: We need your help making 12 inch squares in red/white/blue for our heroghans come join our group at the website above. Our heroghans are given to families of fallen military members. Our assemblers live in many different states across America.
Donations: 12 inch crochet squares in red/white/blue (flag colors)
American Cancer Society
Description: The American Cancer Society provides, free of charge, crocheted stoma covers for head/neck cancer patients. We are in need of volunteers to crochet these and donate the crocheted stoma covers for these patients. We have a pattern that can be supplied to anyone interested in helping us. Please have any interested volunteers contact Nancy Price, and she will mail or email pattern directions.
Donations: Crocheted Stoma Covers
Contact Person: Nancy Price
Angels for God
Description: We are a Ministry that would like to help the elderly to preemies. We make items such as shawls, squares for afghans, preemie items and more. We are starting anew in 2008 and need all the help we can get. We do accept donations of needles and yarn. No cash please, just supplies. We help a different charity each month. If you would like to join please go to email@example.com. If you would like to donate supplies please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations: Squares and shawls
Contact Person: Sandra
Angels for Hope
Description: Angels for Hope sends hand-crocheted angels and butterflies to those who are severely injured and/or chronically ill as well as their caregivers. The angels and butterflies are a reminder that those suffering are not alone, and that others care. The Angels for Hope web site includes links to many organizations including American Heart Association, National Breast Cancer Foundation, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Polio Connection of America, and various caregiver support groups. There is also a thoughts, prayers, and hopes message board.
Donations: Crocheted Angels and Butterflies
Contact Person: Cindy Gabner
Angels for Nursing Homes
Description: Angels for Nursing Homes began by making angels to give to nursing home residents during the Christmas holiday to show that others care. The group does different projects for each holiday, such as flags on Veteran's Day and hearts on Valentine's Day. All crafts are welcome, and will be given to nursing home residents, veterans and the homebound. Angels for Nursing Homes is a Yahoo! Group.
Attucks Brooks Post 606 Auxiliary
Description: The Attucks Brooks Post 606 Auxiliary in St. Paul, Minnesota, needs donations of winter accessories (hats, gloves, scarves, and socks) for children ages 5 to 17. The children's clothing drive is an annual event.
Donations: Hats, gloves, scarves, and socks for children 5 to 17
Barb's Caring Touch
Description: Barb's Caring Touch is a group of volunteers who crochet, knit and /or sew, providing handmade baby items to hospitals. All items are given free to infants, children and their parents. Especially needed: clothing tiny enough for babies in Neonatal Intensive Care Units and layettes for babies who die.
Contact Person: Barbara Wade
Beanies for Baghdad
Description: Donna Ward runs a Web site for our troops where they request toys, school supplies, beanie babies and clothes for the children of Iraq and Afghanistan. They use these items to promote for better relations with the people there and to give something to children with nothing. The items are used for children they meet on the streets, schools, orphanages, hospitals, etc. At this time they are mailing to six units in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our troops continue to ask for these items to help them accomplish their missions, calm nerves and help put a smile on faces that have little to smile about.
Donations: At this time LTC James Barker has launched a campaign to obtain, hats, scarves, mittens, gloves and coats for the children this fall. As it gets very hot there in the Summer, it also gets very cold in the Winter.
Contact Person: Donna Ward
Beth’s Hats for Hope
Description: The Binky Patrol is dedicated to giving handmade blankets to children and teens from one day to 18 years old who are ill, abused, or experiencing any kind of trauma. Blankets may be crocheted, knit, sewn or quilted. The only requirement is that a binky must be at least 3-foot square, be soft, washable, and all pins removed. There are a few patterns available on the web site, but blankets of all designs are accepted. Crafters of all ages and skill levels are invited to join the Binky Patrol.
Donations: Non-crafters are also needed to help. Volunteers are needed to deliver binkies to shelters, hospitals and foster agencies. Donations of batting, yarn, soft fabric, notions, and labels are also accepted.
Contact Person: Susan Roush
Blankets for Canada Society
Description: The mission of Blankets for Canada based in southern Alberta is to give crocheting and knitting free of charge to those absence of shelter or in need of warmth in Canada. The Society asks stitchers to remember 8 x 8 x 8 and to spend at least 8 minutes per day crocheting or knitting 8 by 8 squares. Sew or crochet 48 squares together and you have a 48 by 64 blanket that will be given free of charge to those in need. Labels saying Compliments of Blankets for Canada NOT FOR SALE are sewn onto each blanket that are then given to organizations to pass on to those without shelter.
Donations: crochet or knit 8 by 8 squares
Blankets for Honduras
Description: A representative of the Mission of Honduras made a plea for help to the United Nations nurses were forced to wrap babies in newspaper. Students of Southern Adventist University responded by starting a blanket campaign. The students are taking blanket donations along with money to help defray the shipping cost.
Donations: Blankets for the needed and money for postage.
Contact Person: Southern Adventist University / Blankets for Honduras
Description: Bow Dazzling is a non-profit organization created by Molly and her mom, Tisha. Molly is a cancer survivor, who was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2009 at the age of 15. After chemo, her hair started to grow back and she was ready to stop wearing wigs and hats. So, she started wearing headbands and bows and loved the compliments she received from friends and family. At visits to the clinic Molly and her Mom realized that other girls would benefit from the confidence boost that a pretty bow on a headband could bring to them. Bow Dazzling's mission is to provide headbands and bows to young girls undergoing treatment for cancer and other serious medical illnesses to give them encouragement and confidence. The bows are made by volunteers using purchased and donated materials. We are in need of volunteers to crochet headbands that will fit babies to teenagers. We are also in need of crocheted bows and flowers and any other fun, cute, sweet designs that we could attach to a hair clip upon receipt. Bow Dazzling has provided almost 5000 bows and headbands to children's hospitals in Texas with definite plans to expand the delivery area as our volunteer base and donation volume continues to grow.
Donations: Crochet headbands. Crochet bows, flowers, and other cute fun designs that we can attach to clips. Also we could use donations of yarn in fun bright and pastel colors and crochet hooks.
Contact Person: Tisha Weems
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bowdazzling (examples are posted here)
Bundles of Love
Description:Bundles of is a volunteer driven non-profit that partners with community organizations to assist Minnesota families in need by providing handmade items for newborns. Our vision is a world where every newborn has access to the basics. We create bundles full of newborn basic clothing, bedding, and hygiene items. We especially need crocheted sleep sacks, newborn size sweater sets (we appreciate it if bonnets/hats, booties are included), and baby afghans which are used for “tummy time”. Please include a note in each mailed package including your name, complete address, donated items, and volunteer hours.
Donations: Most needed: Sleep sacks/cocoon, afghans, sweaters, or sweater sets
Caps for Kids
Description: Helps needy children keep warm by crocheting them caps, or even scarves and mittens. Caps for Kids is a non-profit organization that collects hand made caps for children from newborn (including preemies) to age 18. Hundreds of yarn ships in the United States are registered with Caps for Kids and collect the caps throughout the year. The caps are donated to underprivileged children in December through the efforst of community-based, non-profit, non-denominational agencies. You may send a self-addressed envelope to receive the name and address of the closest registered store in your area. You may also mail your donations directly or donate to a local organizations and send a note to Caps for Kids to let them know how many caps you donated and to what organization.
Donations: Hats, scarves, and mittens.
Contact Person: Bonnie Greene
Caps of Compassion
Description: Care Wear was started in 1991 by Bonnie Hagerman in Frederick, Maryland because of the need for preemie sized hats, booties, mittens, bibs, blankets, burial gowns and toys. Head sizes of the infants in hospital neonatal intensive care units vary from the size of a large walnut or lime to larger than normal for full-term babies. Medium, large, and extra-large preemie and full-term are the most needed sized. Care Wear has approx. 650 volunteers and has distributed more than 28,000 hats to hospitals across the United States. Care Wear has its own pattern book and newsletter, which provides patterns, volunteer news and lists of hospitals and their needs.
Donations: Hats, booties, mittens, bibs, blankets, burial gowns and toys.
Contact Person: Bonnie Hagerman
Description: Caris Healthcare is a hospice agency covering states of TN, VA and SC. We are looking for people to sew, knit, crochet blankets, afghans, shawls or neck pillows for patients who have been given six months or less to live. Our hospice patients are cared for in their private homes as well as nursing facilities. These items provide that extra touch of comfort and warmth and bring smiles to patients.
Donations: Fleece Blankets or neck pillows sewn, knitted/crocheted afghans or shawls
Contact Person: Gloria Gentry
Attn: Gloria Gentry
Bristol, VA 24201
Chain of Love Charity Group
Description: Chain of Love Charity Group is an internet-based charity group that donates crocheted, knit, and sew items to a different charity each month. The group was founded in June 2002 by Susan Kay Thomas.
Donations: Crochet, knit, and sewn items
Description: Charitable Crafters was founded to make and donate knitted, crocheted and sewn outerwear, clothing, blankets and toys to the needy in the Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin area. The group also needs donations of yarn, patterns, and polar fleece.
Donations: Knitted, crocheted, and sewn outerwear, clothing, blankets, and toys.
CLICK for Babies: Period of PURPLE Crying caps. This grassroots campaign invites knitters and crocheters across North America to make purple colored baby caps which will be delivered to families in November and December with the Period of PURPLE Crying, an evidence based program that educates parents about normal infant crying, ways to cope with the crying and the dangers of reacting in frustration by shaking or abusing an infant. Use any newborn baby cap pattern, and any shade of soft, baby-friendly PURPLE yarn. We have a goal of collecting 1,000 caps by October. For more information mailto:CLICK@clickforbabies.org. To learn more about the campaign, including what might be happening in your local community visit www.CLICKforbabies.org!
Circles of Hope
Description: Circles of Hope (formerly known as Granny's Daughters for Chairty) is a special project to help various charities while using up scrap bits of yarn. A Circle of Hope is the first round of a granny square and takes very little yarn to crochet. Sue Traudt accepts donations of the motifs made from either baby, sport or worsted weight yarn and assembles them into afghans and other items for different charities.
Donations: Granny squares made from either baby, sport, or worsted weight
Contact Person: Sue Traudt
Cozy Cuddles for Kids
Description: Cozy Cuddles for Kids needs volunteers to make caps, scarved, mittens, slippers, blankets and sweaters for needy children, from newborn to adult-sized teens. Cozy Cuddles works as a catalyst for volunteers and corporations to find opportunities to help organizations that serve needy children directly. Donations will be distributed to children served by Grant a Wish, a Chicago-based group whose mission is to uplift a child's consciousness by providing something that he or she needs or wants, and can be used as a catalyst for achieving immediate or future goals. For Persons outside of Illinois, send donations directly to Grant a Wish: K.Quinn/Cozy Cuddles c/o Grant a Wish 400 N. Wells, Suite 412, Chicago, IL 60610
Donations: Toys, books, coats, slippers, caps, scarved, mittens, blankets, sweaters - from newborn to adult teen
Contact Person: K. Quinn
Description: and/or crochet. We are an online charity group that gives to those in
Donations: Mittens, hats, gloves, blankets, slippers, scarves, socks, booties and more.
Contact Person: Bev Qualheim
Crafting From the Heart
Description: need. Our mission is to get others involved with erasing poverty, a
Donations: Afghans, gloves, mittens, hats, duffel bags, backpacks, clothing.
Crochet Friends Charity
Description: in America through International Children's Network. These wonderful
Donations: Chemo hats, caps, booties, and yarn.
Crochet for Comfort
Description: lofty goal and one in which we are hoping you will join us.
Donations: Baby blankets, preemie hats, booties, layettes, burial layettes, mittens and hats.
Contact Person: Dakota Evans
Crochet/Knitting for Noggins
Description: folks go to Peru on a regular basis and will deliver our handmade
Donations: IMPORTANT - A few things to know about knitting or crocheting hats for ACH: - We ask that hats be approximately the size of an average cantaloupe or larger. Remember we need hats for ALL ages, including teens and adults. - Due to infection control, all needlework items must be made out of new materials (not recycled items). Handmade hats are preferred, and we ask that no logos be on the hats. - We also ask that items be free of any odor or pet hair. - For privacy reasons, please do not attach your name or personal information to individual needlework donations. - Use your creativity, but bright and colorful hats are always great! And don't forget that we can use boy colors as well as girl colors.
Contact Person: Arkansas Children's Hospital - Volunteer Services
Crocheted Stoma Covers
Description: In 2007 we expanded to helping orphans in Peru and children-at-risk
Donations: Stoma Covers
Contact Person: Nancy Price
Description: items. Besides helping children we also help women who are homeless or
Donations: General Charities
Earth Angel Charity WEB Ring
Description: living in an abusive situation as well as cancer patients.
Description: Ellie's Angels is a group in Atlanta, GA area that crochets and knits afghans for hospice programs in Atlanta. The goal is to create gifts of love and kindness for their terminally ill in the belief that no one should have to die alone, frightened, cold and lonely. Ellie's dream is to have angels all over the country. Ellie's Angels is also making afghans for all 1,000 chemotherapy rooms in Atlanta. Donations of acrylic yarn are needed. The colors of blue and green are most commonly request, with white used to accent. Donations of money help to fund mailing items outside of the Atlanta area.
Donations: Afghans, acrylic yarn and money.
Contact Person: Ellie
Faith, Hope and Charity Stitches, Inc.
Description: Faith, Hope and Charity Stitches, Inc. makes premature infant clothing and devices, clothing and blankets for infants through age five years. Many of our things are sent to agencies where the family is served as a whole - so we decided to help children of preschool age and down. All gifts of clothing, blankets, burial outfits, hats, coats, mittens and so on, are sorted, processed and sent out to the children that need them within four weeks of receipt.
Donations: Clothing, blankets, burial outfits, hats, coats, mittens for infants through preschool age children.
Contact Person: Karen, founder
Description: The Fancy Workers of Weston County, Wyoming are a group of women from 11 ? 95 who have decided to challenge themselves to make a unique gift to honor the men and women of our armed services. The Fancy Workers are asking you to help them create a special patriotic afghan made up of 72 blocks individually created to honor a past or present member of the armed services. Each red, white and blue block will feature the creator?s name as well as the names of those members of the Armed Service he or she is honoring.
Contact Person: Isabelle - c/o Weston County Senior Services
Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation
Description: Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation is an internet group of volunteers who sew, knit, crochet and donate items for babies, children and adults living in abject poverty on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
Donations: Sewn, knit or crochet items for all ages.
Gifts for the Unborn
Description: Gifts for the Unborn, a nonprofit charity, is seeking donations of baby booties and socks to include in all of the gift packages that it donates to crisis pregnancy centers. The counselors at the centers give the gifts to women who test positive in crisis pregnancies. For most, this is the first gift that she will receive for her baby. Since the organization was founded in 1995, Gifts for the Unborn has donated more than 38,000 gift packages to crisis pregnancy centers in all 50 states of the U.S. and 5 countries.
Donations: Baby booties, socks, bibs, hats, or other baby items.
Contact Person: Carol Richey or Dick Jacobs
God's Tiny Angels
Description: God's Tiny Angels is an all-volunteer group whose goal is to give all babies who leave the hospital a blanket, hat, booties, and mittens, so that none have to go home in only the hospital gown and diaper. Crocheted, knit, quilted, and sewn items for premature or full-term infants are accepted. The group will provide free patterns upon request. Include a label with your name and address so that parents can send a thank you card or picture.
Donations: Crocheted, knit, quilted, and sewn items for premature or full-term infants.
Greyhound Pets Inc.
Description: Greyhound Pets, Inc. We are a section 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1985 to find homes for retired racing greyhounds. To date we have placed more than 4,400 of these wonderful dogs. Since we restrict the placement of our greyhounds to the Washington, Idaho, British Columbia, Western Montana and Alberta areas only, if you are out of our area, we encourage you to find a local adoption group.
Donations: Adoption of Greyhound Dogs
Halos of Hope
Description: Not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing caps for chemotherapy patients with items crafted by caring volunteers.
Handmade Especially for You
Description: A 501(c)3 organization. Provides "magic ball” yarn kits (wound from materials donated by yarn companies) for volunteers to knit or crochet comfort scarves that will go to shelters for abused women.We try to ship around 1,000 per month. Each scarf has a gift tag attached (signed by the maker of the scarf), is rolled into a ball and tied with a colorful ribbon.Directors at the shelters tell us that the scarves have a huge impact. The women who receive them have very low self-esteem. When they receive such a beautiful gift from someone they don't even know, it lifts their spirits. The directors use this moment to encourage the woman to begin the education and therapy that will help them change their lives.
Happy Hats (Lids for Kids) & Lapghans
Description: This charity brings sunshine and comfort into the lives of children and adults who are cancer patients. Make the hats and lapghans with lively colors to lift their spirits. Also, use soft yarns as their heads and bodies may be sensitive from treatment. All sizes of hats and lapghans are appreciated. If you wish, include a note that tells a little about yourself. Donations may be Jean Marie, 1520 Sunbury CT., Vista, CA 92084 or to the Children's Hospital address.
Donations: Hats and lapghans for children and adults.
Contact Person: Children's Hospital
Hat Box Foundation
Description: The non-profit Hat Box Foundation's mission is to distribute hand-made (either knit or crochet) hats to cancer patients across the country who are undergoing chemo treatments. We believe something made from the heart helps heal the human spirit. However, we can not do it without the help of our fellow crocheters and knitters.
Donations: Hand-made knitted or crocheted hats
Contact Person: Carrie Mayhew
Heart to Heart
Description: Heart to Heart is a national, non profit organization of volunteers, dedicated to making hand sewn, knit and crochet angel dresses (also called burial gowns). These are donated as an ongoing project to the neonatal intensive care units of Boston hospitals. The angel dresses are used for the precious babies who loose their fight for life. Blankets, 12-15 are also included in the layette, for parents to take home and cherish during the difficult days ahead.
Donations: Burial gowns and baby blankets.
Description: HeartFelt Anges is a non profit organization of volunteers that make hand made baby items for hospitals to give to parents who suffer a loss of an infant. Also for parents who may be financially challenged and may not have an afghan or an outfit to take their baby home.
Donations: Baby items and afghans.
Description: HeartMade Blessings is a not-for-profit group of volunteers who provide hand-crafted items to those who have suffered a loss, tragedy, or hard times and need to know that others care. HeartMade Blessings provides comfort afghans and comfort pins. A Comfort Afghan is a collection of granny and sampler squares donated by caring individuals. There are usually 42 squares in an afghan, each one made by a different person. The squares are then sent to another volunteer who assembles the squares into an afghan and sends the completed afghan to the person in need. The pins are called Pins of Hope.
Donations: 6 to 12 squares.
Heavenly Angels in Need
Description: Heavenly Angels in Need is a group that knits, crochets, sews, does woodwork, beadwork, makes memory boxes and has a casket program. They make clothing, blankets, burial items and more for NICUs, for sick babies and for babies who pass away. They also give to crisis pregnancy centers. They reach out all over America and other countries.
Donations: Clothing, blankets, and burial items.
Description: Needle Arts Mentoring ProgramSM, a project of Helping Hands Foundation, Inc., has been established to create community partnerships that promote and encourage relationships between adults and youth, fostering curiosity, creativity and a feeling of achievement through the teaching of needlearts. The Needle Arts Mentoring Program will teach children a skill they can use their entire lives. Learn how you can help! Contact:
Contact Person: Helping Hands Program
Hugs and Hope
Description: The goal of the Hugs and Hope Club is to put smiles on the faces of sick children across the country. The Hugs and Hope Club sends mail to the children, and asks visitors to their web site to do the same. Crocheters can help by making and donating blankets, dolls, angels and toys for the children, or Christmas ornaments for the parents. Donations can be mailed directly to each child. The background on the children and their addresses are posted on the Hugs and Hopes website.
Donations: Mail for the children, blankets, dolls, angels, and toys.
Hugs for Homeless Animals
Description: This charity appeals to crocheters who are also animal lovers. Volunteers crochet security blankets or snuggles for homeless, lost or abandoned dogs and cats that end up in Humane Society shelters. The snuggles are a warm reprieve from thos hard, cold kennel floors and cages. They could be made out of acrylic yarn or cotton in any pattern or color. Afghans should not have fringe that animals can chew off and swallow. The ends must be fastened off long and woven into the work.
Donations: Blankets: 12x12 for cats and small animals; 24x24 for medium dogs and medium animals; 36x36 for large dogs and larger animals
Hugs from the Heart
Description: Hugs from the Heart is a new volunteer-driven program within All-Heart's hospice program and we are in need of volunteer knitters, crocheters and loom weavers from throughout Hampton Roads and across the country to help us make blankets for our hospice patients. It's a gift from the heart that shows our patients we care about them and the hospice journey they're on
Donations: Finished blankets of 30 eight-inch squares. Or send eight inch squares that can be joined with other donated squares. Can be knitted, crocheted, or loom woven from any kind of yarn and in any pattern. Since these squares are for patients, soft and cuddly yarns are the most appropriate.
Contact Person: Amy Kelly - All-Heart Home Health & Hospice
Description: InKind, Inc. serves low-income, single parent families in crisis in the Austin, Texas area. They provide approximately 130 new mothers with Blessing Baskets each month. InKind, Inc. has a special need for blankets and booties.
Donations: Blankets and booties
Keep Babies Warm
Description: Keep Babies Warm is a volunteer, non-profit organization that distributes baby blankets and other baby items such as sweaters, booties, and toys to special needs babies. The special needs include medically fragile, handicapped, orphaned, homeless, and abused children. Since August 2000, Keep Babies Warm had distributed more than 75 blankets and clothing items to babies in the United States, the Netherlands, Egypt and India.
Donations: Baby blankets, sweaters, booties, and toys.
Contact Person: Eleanor Wells
Description: Joseph's Workshop Through the Kitchen in Springfield, Missouri helps the homeless with artistic talent by providing them with the equipment and the space needed so that they can make arts and crafts items for sale. Joseph's Workshop is looking for donations of supplies for all crafts: painting, quilting, embroidery, crochet, knitting, and leather-work.
Donations: Craft supplies
Contact Person: Judy Nelson
Knots of Love
Description: Knots of Love?s mission is to warm the hearts and heads of those experiencing traumatic hair loss, no matter the cause. We are a dedicated group throughout the United States who knit and crochet caps with love. This act of kindness fills a need which is often overlooked. Our creations are distributed free of charge - one cap at a time. There are millions of people suffering from life threatening illnesses who can benefit from a hand knitted or crocheted hat. With your help we can continue in our mission of warming hearts and heads one cap at a time. Knit or crochet an adult size cap using an extremely soft yarn. For a list of yarns visit: http://www.knotsoflove.org/?page_id=49. Send your caps along with your contact information to the mailing address below. We will happily call you and tell you where your caps were donated. To find out more about our wonderful non-profit charity please visit us on the web at: http://www.knotsoflove.org
Donations: Knit and crochet caps
Loving Stitches for Preemies & Newborns
Description: Loving Stitches for Preemies & Newborns provides clothing and stuffed animals for premature and newborn babies of Columbus, Ohio and the surrounding areas. Volunteers make butterfly shirts, sleepers, gowns, diaper shirts, bibs, receiving blankets, quilts, afghans, hats, booties, burp pads and stuffed animals. There is a special need for burial layettes. All items are donated free of charge to the babies and their families.
Donations: Shirts, sleepers, gowns, diaper shirts, bibs, receiving blankets, quilts, afghans, hats, booties, burp pads and stuffed animals.
Lutheran World Relief
Description: Lutheran World Relief sponsors a baby layette project for babies in refugee camps, hospitals and villages around the world. Each layette should include two shirts, two gowns or sleepers, two receiving blankets, four cloth diapers, one sweater, two washcloths, one bath-size bar of soap, and two diaper pins. Sweaters may be knitted or crocheted. Preferred styles have buttons or ties down the front.
Donations: Layette sets
Newborns in Need
Description: Crocheted afghans, hats and toys are the most needed items for Newborns in Need, a charity devoted to providing essentials for infants whose mothers literally have nothing. Newborn babies are going home from the hospital in just a disposable diaper, not even a receiving blanket, and sometimes their home is a shelter for battered women or the homeless. Newborns in Need specializes in premature and newborn baby layettes and other needs, including burial layettes. Donations are made to medical centers, hospitals, homeless shelters, adoption agencies, sheriff's offices, food pantries, and to individuals. It serves 30 places in a nine-county area in the Ozarks, but has also donated throughout the U.S. and Canada. The program was started by Carol C. Green of Houston, Missouri. While donations of yarn, thread, books and patterns are invited, finished items are needed most.
Donations: Yarn, books, patterns and finished items for babies.
Phone: 877-231-5097 or 336-469-8953
Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep
Description: A 501(c)(3) non-profit, Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep has been committed since 2005 to assisting parents and families experiencing early infant loss. NILMDTS connects families with volunteer photographers from all corners of the world who donate the gift of infant remembrance photography.
One Pixel at a Time
Description: Help fight breast cancer one stamp at a time, one stitch at a time, one pixel at a time. Purchase your pixels and Stitch to WIN Against Breast Cancer! Receive valuable gift coupons. Help complete the Breast Cancer Research Stamps. Become eligible for a spa vacation courtesy of Spa-quest.com. 80% of net proceeds will benefit Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC.org). Underwritten by The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA.org).
Opening Doors for Children
Description: The Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation, Inc., is seeking donations of hats and mittens for the children it helps througout the U.S. as a part of its Opening Doors for Children program. Foundation resources go to purchase books, educational materials, scholarships, sponsorship field trips, scouting units, debate clubs, sports teams and many other special services to children who are considered to be at risk. Volunteers also help through mentoring and tutoring. The Washington, D.C. office of Holland & Knight sponsors many projects at Cleveland Elementary in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Now, Opening Doors for Children has been asked to provide hats and mittens to many of the children from ages 5 through 11. Donated items should be machine washable.
Donations: Hats and mittens.
Contact Person: Angela M. Ruth, Executive Director, Holland & Knight Charitalbe Foundation, Inc.
PC Baby Drive
Description: The PC Baby Drive is collecting afghans, blankets and quilts to benefit a homeless shelter. This is an annual drive with the goal to collect blankets by August 31st, so they can be distributed for the winter months.
Parent to Parent
Description: Parent to Parent give immediate support to patients and families in the hospital going through a birth crisis including a baby in the NICU, a baby born with special needs or disabilities, moms on long term in-hospital bed rest, or loss of a pregnancy or an infant. Support is offered to patients in the NICU, Maternity, and Labor & Delivery units at five hospitals: Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, Orem Community Hospital, American Fork Hospital, Timpanogous Regional Hospital, and Mountanview Hospital. Donations of sewed, crocheted, or knitted clothing, blankets and quilts are needed. There is a particular need for preemie sizes, but full term baby sizes are also needed. Parent to Parent is also collecting preemie patterns of all types. Send donations to: Parent to Parent, UVRMC/NICU, 1034 N. 1570 W., Pleasant Grove, UT 84062.
Donations: Blankets, quilts, and clothing for preemies and newborns.
Contact Person: Chrysteil Jones
People That Care Center
Description: People That Care Center is an outreach ministry of Shady Grove Church in Lancaster, Texas, that ministers to underprivileged individuals, families, and children as well as to homeless veterans. They have a food pantry that serves South Dallas County and a Baby Corner that collects donated items for babies who are underprivileged up to the age of 2 years, and a number of programs that are geared to help others in need. People That Care Center requests crocheted afghans for babies and women, afghans for the elderly in nursing homes, baby hats and mittens, adult hats and mittens, monetary donations to help with outreach to the poor, and volunteers to help with their annual Christmas outreach to the homeless veterans in downtown Dallas. All items must be machine washable and durable.
Donations: Baby items, adult hats and mittens, afghans, and monetary donations.
Contact Person: Janice Carson
Pine Lodge Pre-Release Facility
Description: Sponsored by the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program and conducted out of Pine Lodge Pre-Release (PLPR) Facility, this project produces crocheted and knitted items for underprivileged residents of Spokane, Washington, and surrounding areas. Pine Lodge Pre-Release is a minimum co-ed correctional facility located in Medical Lake, Washington. Female residents of the PLPR Treatment Community volunteer to create blankets, hats, mittens, scarves and booties. In 2001, 3564 articles were distributed.
Donations: Yarn, Crochet hooks, Crochet patterns, and money.
Contact Person: Bill McDonnell
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Description: Prayer Shawl Ministry, McLeod Memorial Presbyterian Church, is open to anyone who would like to participate. We will be making shawls to give to those who are in need of prayerful comfort. We meet every other Tuesday night 6:30 - 7:30 in the fellowship hall (695 W. Stuart St. Bartow) beginning Feb. 12, 2008. Please bring your own needles and yarn; patterns will be provided. Donations of yarn, paper gift bags, tissue paper, etc. are welcome! We will begin with shawls -- knitted or crocheted, but welcome any hand-work -- quilting, embroidery, sewing, etc. We will also expand to include hats and lap-quilts as well as baby items. If you would like to nominate someone to receive a prayer shawl or if you have any questions, please email GraceJoyHope@yahoo.com or call 863/533-5433.
Contact Person: McLeod Memorial Presbyterian Church
Description: The goal of Precious Pals is to help ensure that law enforcement officers will have plenty of stuffed animals to give to children who have just been involved in a traumatic situation. The program was created and is sponsored by The Knitting Guild of America as a means to provide comfort to children in crisis. Crocheters and knitters are asked to make sweaters and outfits for teddy bears and other fuzzy friends. Suggested height for the stuffed animals is 10. Local craft and discount stores are sources for teddy bears. You may also choose to crochet a bear. The sweaters may be hand knit, crocheted, or machine knit.
Donations: Sweaters and outfits for teddy bears.
Contact Person: The Knitting Guild of America
Project Hope Afghan
Description: Members of Project Hope Afghan in Houston, TX, knit and crochet afghans and distribute them to children who are receiving treatment at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Afghans are done in all sizes, from baby to full-size. The afghans are done in bright, cheerful colors which not only add a personal touch to each patient's room, but also let them know that someone is thinking of them. Project Hope Afghan accepts monetary donations and also donations of yarn and completed afghans. Any amount or color of yarn will be accepted, but it must be washable.
Donations: Yarn, afghans, or money
Description: Providing comfort in the form of hand made, washable aghans, blankets and quilts to ill children in hospitals all across the U.S. is the object of Project Linus. Named after cartoonist Charles Schultz' Peanuts character Linus, who carries his blanket everywhere, Project Linus was started by Karen Loucks-Baker of Denver, Colorado. There are now Project Linus coordinators in many cities and states across the U.S. Each hand made afghan or blanket is given to a sick child, along with a removeable tag with the giver's name and address so the recipient may give them thanks personally. Project Linus has more than 270 chapters and has delivered more than 80,000 security blankets to seriously ill and traumatized children in the U.S. and Canada.
Donations: Afghans, blankets and quilts.
Sailor's Blanket for Dogs in Need
Description: Sailor's Blanket was founded by Kelly-Sue Thompson to provide a warm, soft blanket to dogs in need. The blankets are given to the dogs (and also cats) when they arrive at the foster home and go with them once they are adopted, providing them with a much-needed sense of comfort and security. The blankets may be new or gently used. Size Guidelines are: Extra Small - approx. 2 feet square for cats and chihuahuas, Small - approx. 3 feet square for miniature pinschers, and Medium - 3.5 to 4 feet square for basenji, salukis, whippets, and afghan hounds. Animal rescue organizations supported include: TLC Cats, Canadian Chihuahua rescue and Transport, Internet Miniature Pinscher Service, Italian Greyhound Club of America Rescue, Italian Greyhound Safehouse Alliance, Basenji Rescue and Transport, Saluki Tree of Life Alliance, American Whippet Club Rescue, Greyhound Pets International, and Afghan Hound Club of America Rescue.
Donations: Blankets, new or used, for dogs and cats
Contact Person: Kelly-Sue Thompson
San Diego Wildfire Blanket Project
Description: 1588 homes were destroyed in the seven fires that raged through San Diego County the week of October 21, 2007. The original goal was to get blankets into every family?s hands for the holidays but as we learned with the Cedar Fires of 2003, the rebuilding process is a slow and steady one. Therefore, a more realistic goal is that starting in November 2007 at least 25 blankets will be delivered to families each month. Squares have been received from crocheters and knitters around the globe and the San Diego community continues to support the group. Please go to the Web site above for information on squares and how to get them to those in need.
Sewing for Babies
Description: Sewing for Babies is an all-volunteer organization that provides hand made (sewn, knitted, crocheted) blankets and clothing to sick and needy babies in Nebraska. Crocheted afghans, booties, blankets, sweaters, caps, gowns, socks, rompers, mittens, burial gowns, and memory items are accepted. Donations of yarn and fabric are also needed.
Donations: Baby items, yarn and fabric.
Snugs Hugs for Kids
Description: Crocheters and knitters throughout the U.S. and Canada are invited to participate by using their talents to create warm mittens, hats, scarves, baby afghans, sweaters, blankets, slippers, and booties which will be distributed as holiday gifts as part of the Merlin's Annual Snug Hugs for Kids. This winter clothing drive benefits needy children, ages 0 to 18 years, served by the Children's Home & Aid Society of Illinois (CHASI).
Donations: Winter wearable items for 0 to 18 years.
Spread the Warmth
Description: Spread the Warmth is a 100% volunteer project that collects new and handmade hats, scarves, gloves, and mittens, to be given to the homeless and displaced in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. We accept and distribute only NEW items, crochet or knot. Individuals, families, and groups can participate by making or purchasing items and donating them.
Donations: Handmade hats, scarves, gloves, and mittens.
Contact Person: K. Washington
Squares 4 Survivors
Description: Squares 4 Survivors ministers to hurricane survivors by making 12 inch squares which are combined into beautiful, warm afghans. As of October 2006 over 200 afghans have been distributed to survivors across the Gulf states. You can go to Yahoo groups and type in Squares 4 Survivors for more information or Squares4Survivors.com.
Contact Person: Catherine Nicklow
Stitches from the Heart
Description: Stitches from the Heart is a non-profit organization in the Southern California area that loves to knit and crochet for children. Any knitted or crocheted items are appreciated. Stitches from the Heart has donated thousands of hand-made hats, booties and blankets to various hospitals around the country. The group has quarterly teas to collect the booties, blankets, and hats (or they can be sent directly to group leader Kathy Silverton to be included in boxes regularly being mailed to the hospitals).
Donations: Hats, Booties, and blankets
Contact Person: Kathy Silverton
Support Virginia Tech Comfort Shawl Initiative
Description: The YMCA at Virginia Tech is coordinating volunteers to knit or crochet ?comfort shawls? for those directly impacted by the campus tragedy. Comfort shawls ?wrap, enfold, comfort, cover, give solace, mother, hug, shelter and beautify.? The intent of the shawl is to put a loving thought, prayer or memory into each stitch of the shawl to provide comfort during times of grief or joy. Please visit www.shawlministry.com for instructions and various pattern types and additional information about creating a shawl. Don?t knit or crochet? Make a donation of money or supplies?yarn (555 or 740 yards), knitting needles sizes 11 or 13, crochet hooks size M, N or P. All donations and completed shawls can be sent to YMCA at Virginia Tech at the below address. Please include your name and address with your donation.
Contact Person: Sandy Wirt, Student Programs Director
TX Moms of Tiny Angels
Description: TX Moms of Tiny Angels donates hand made blankets, booties, hats and burial gowns to local hospitals for babies in the neo-natal intensive care unit, and for babies who are stillborn or who dies shortly after birth. It was founded by women who experienced the loss of a child due to miscarriage, stillbirth, or early infant death.
Donations: Blankets, booties, hats, and burial gowns.
Teeny Tiny Treasures
Description: Teeny Tiny Treasures donates blankets, hats, booties, and gowns for babies in hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Units to use in the hospital and at home. Volunteers are needed to sew, crochet, knit, or quilt items in the small sizes needed by premature infants. Teeny Tiny Treasures also needs donations of yarn, fabric and polyfill stuffing. Stuffed animals and dolls are also accepted. Burial gowns are also accepted, since the families find it difficult to find gowns to fit the tiny babies. The Teeny Tiny Treasures web site has information on sizes of blankets, type of yarn or thread to use, washing instructions and free patterns for a preemie hat, preemie booties, and preemie afghans.
Donations: Blankets, hats, booties, gowns and burial gowns.
Contact Person: Laura Reavis
The Pink Slipper Project
Description: Inspired by Terry Grahl of Enchanted Makeovers.org,and her work with women's and children's shelters, The Pink Slipper Project is an endeavor to warm the hearts and the toes of women and children living in shelters. Our goal is to provide hand-made slippers to as many of these women and children as possible.
Donations: Ways that you can help...Create simple slipper patterns for The Pink Slipper Project. Create slippers using your own patterns. Get your sewing and quilting groups involved. Donate materials - fabrics, yarns etc. Spread the word.
Touching Little Lives
Description: Touching Little Lives is a charity for needy, premature and newborn babies in Ohio. Donations of crocheted items such as afghans, sweaters, hats, booties and burial layettes in preemie and newborn sizes are accepted. In addition to supplying more than 15 hospitals, Touching Little Lives also donates infant items to family service agencies and to women's shelters. Volunteers with sewing, knitting, and crocheting skills are especially needed.
Donations: Afghans, sweaters, hats, booties, and burial layettes.
Tyler for Life
Description: The Tyler for Life Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit volunteer organization that seeks to improve the life of babies by preventing mental retardation and death resulting from disorders detectable through newborn screening. Early detection can lead to early treatment and prevent unnecessary complications. The Tyler for Life motto is Saving Babies One Foot at a Time. Deborah Hamburg coordinates the miniature Baby Booties program to raise awareness of Maple Syrup Urine Disease (MSUD) and other disorders. She wears the booties and whenever someone comments on them, she gives them with information on newborn screening. Her goal is to give a pair of booties and an information sheet about testing to all new and expectant parents in the U. S. A pattern for the mini booties is available on their website.
Donations: Miniature Booties
Contact Person: Deborah Hamburg, c/o Annie's Attic
Warm Fuzzies of Love
Description: My name is Amy Butterfield and I am co-founder of Warm Fuzzies of Love. After making numerous baby blankets for friends, I realized that I needed another outlet for my crocheting. I can only make so many blankets for my friends & family to enjoy! I had also just taught a friend and my 12 year-old daughter how to crochet, and they were looking for projects to work on.
With a little discussion and thought, Warm Fuzzies of Love was born. We researched organizations that collect handmade items for people in need, and made the decision to align ourselves with five non-profit organizations that share our vision in helping others. The organizations were selected because their missions are dear to our hearts due to personal experiences we have faced, and the populations they serve.
We provide blankets for Project Linus, a national organization that collects and distributes handmade blankets to children in need. They may be knitted, crocheted, quilted, or no-sew type blankets. Within the local area, the blankets are given to hospitals, shelters, foster homes and more.
We provide scarves for Threads of Compassion, an organization that collects handmade scarves for victims of sexual violence. These are donated to area rape crisis centers and hospitals for distribution.
We provide hats for chemotherapy patients for Head Huggers. Hats may be knitted, sewn or crocheted and are distributed to local cancer treatment centers, oncology offices and hospice organizations.
We provide baby items, handmade and new, for Miracles Happen, a national organization that supports pregnant women in need. Items made and donated are delivered to local pregnancy resource centers for distribution to their clients.
We also provide handmade shawls and lap blankets to residents in nursing homes, hospice patients, parents of hospitalized children, anyone who could benefit from the comfort.
Contact Person: Amy Butterfield
Warm Hearts-Warm Babies
Description: Warm Hearts-Warm Babies is an all volunteer group that sews, knits, crochets, and quilts for premature infants and babies in need. Afghans, hats, booties, mittens, sweaters, etc. in sizes for preemies to 4T are donated to hospitals, crisis pregnancy centers, shelters, law enforcement agencies, foster care, WIC offices, and individuals in Colorado and neighboring states. Donations of other baby items, yarn, and sewing supplies are also accepted.
Donations: Afghans, hats, booties, mittens, sweater, yarn, and sewing supplies.
Warm Up America
Description: The Craft Yarn Council of America (CYCA) sponsors the Warm Up America! Project. The goal is to provide warm crocheted or knitted afghans to anyone in need. Afghans are collected by CYCA and distributed to Red Cross chapters for use during natural disasters, for the homeless, and for those who lose their homes and belongings in fires. Persons wishing to start a Warm Up America! project in their community, or wishing to contribute a completed afghan(s) or sections and/or to obtain free sample crochet and knit patterns for use in the afghans, should send a self-addressed stamped #10 envelope.
Contact Person: Craft Yarn Council of America
Phone: 704-824-7838 or 800-662-9999
Description: Warming Families encourages families to work together to create afghans and quilts, mittens, hats, headbands, scarves, socks, slippers and teddy bears for homeless individuals and families. The hand made items are distributed to homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, orphanages, and foster group homes. The project is sponsored by Alan Osmond's One Heart Foundation and TheFamily.com. The web site provides patterns for six-inch crocheted squares, labels to print to attach to blankets, suggestions on how to get started, and a list of shelters that need donations. Suggested sizes for blankets are 48x72 which is eight 6 by twelve 6 squares; and 36x42 for cribs which is six 6 by seven 5 squares.
Warmth for All
Description: We are a large and fast growing online support group, free for laryngectomees, caregivers and professionals. Our goal is rehabilitation. One of our constant needs is for stoma covers for new patients and for those who just cannot afford to buy the ready made ones. The MidSouth Division of American Cancer Society is handling the distribution of these to individuals (and to other groups when our supplies are sufficient).
Contact Person: Nancy Price - American Cancer Society
Description: Webb-Babies is an all volunteer organization that provides blankets and knit or crocheted clothing for babies in neonatal intensive care units. Hand made clothing is needed because commercially available infant clothing is too big for these tiny babies. Donations of yarn and fabric are also needed.
Donations: Blankets, yarn and fabric.
Description: Welcome Baby! Is a project of Dorchester CARES and the Family Nurturing Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Trained volunteers make a friendly visit to families with newborns and provide a gift basket, plus information on community resources and services. Welcome Baby! needs donations of handmade baby blankets to include in the gift baskets.
Donations: Baby Blankets
Contact Person: Randi Freundlich
Phone: 617-474-1143 ext. 228
DISCLAIMER: These charity listings are for informational purposes only. The Crochet Guild of America, its board, and the maintainer of this list are not endorsing any of the charities listed here. This is only a sampling and is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of all Web resources pertaining to charity crochet.