Knitting and crocheting for charity are a great way to bust your stash or to create something for those in need simply because you can. It's a heartfelt statement that means so much more than a store-bought donation.
As there are countless organizations, I plan to regularly feature different charity knitting opportunities on the blog. I wrote about knitting for birds (please don't) back in June. Below are a few human organizations that could use your skills. The first two are on a deadline, so get to work!
JBW's founder Laura wanted to support her hometown of Houston after Hurricane Harvey flooded the city and surrounding cities. This month if you buy a Royal Petite Knit Kit from Blue Sky Alpacas, JBW will donate $10 to Knowledge is Power, which will go directly to students in Houston. Blue Sky Alpacas also agreed to match the donation. After knitting the stuffie, you can mail back your finished creature to JBW and they will deliver the toys to the children in Houston. But, you have to mail it back by October 31, so get to work!
I ordered two kits and was pleasantly surprised when they arrived. The packages include everything you need to make the set, including plastic eyes and stuffing, all wrapped in this pretty box. If you don't have time to finish knitting one to send back, you could also buy a kit to give to a knitting friend who would appreciate this fun set. These guys are knit on size 2 needles and can be fiddly. If that is too much of a challenge for you it might not be the right kit for you.
Here's a true stash buster that you can crank out in less than an hour. To recognize World Prematurity Day on November 11, 2017, Warm Up America and UC San Francisco is hoping to collect 1,117 premie hats. These hats will be sent to newborn health facilities in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda as part of the East Africa Preterm Birth Initiative.
Speaking of Africa... do you know about the Mother Bear Project? This organization provides comfort in the form of hand-knit and crocheted bears to children affected by HIV/AIDS in developing countries. When you purchase a pattern, they provide tags for you to send back with your bear. If you want to have your heartstrings pulled, check out their photo gallery of children with their new bears on their Facebook page. Some of these children have never owned a toy or stuffed animal. These bears pictured were knit by my mom.
Speaking of my mom... she also knits for Alice's Embrace, a non-profit organization that gives prayer shawls or lap afghans to adults with Alzheimers. Diane Lewis started the organization in honor of her mother who suffered from Alzheimers and found comfort in the hand-knit blanket Diane made for her. These are shawls my mom made in honor of her mother who had dementia in her final years. Stay tuned for an upcoming podcast interview where we'll hear more from Diane. (And, yes, my mom knits all the time.)
I hope this inspires you to find a charity to share your skills with in the form of hand knits. Do you knit for charity? Share the name in the comments and I'll feature more in upcoming posts.