25 Charities That Accept Crochet Donations

by Kathryn on September 8, 2011 · 23 comments

in Crochet for a Cause

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I donated these to 2011 Scarves for Special Olympics

Continuing on in my series of lists to inspire crocheters, let’s take a look at some great organizations that you can donate your crochet skills to if you are interested in giving back to others.

  1. Scarves for Special Olympics. “Handmade scarves donated as a result of the 2012 Special Olympics USA Scarf Project will be a symbol of unity, support, compassion and empowerment, as the Special Olympics athletes, coaches, families, volunteers and supporters wear them with pride in knowing they have become part of the Special Olympics family.”
  2. Red Scarf Project. This is a cool project that donates red scarves to foster youth bound for college. I learned about this one from Daily Crocheter where this is a comprehensive lists for where to donate crochet items.
  3. Operation Gratitude. This organization sends care packages to troops overseas. They accept crochet scarves from September through December to help keep the troops warm during the colder months of the year. Did you see the story about two eighty year old sisters that crochet for Operation Gratitude?
  4. The Ships Project. This is another organization that sends care packages to overseas military. They accept a variety of donations throughout the year that go to members of the Marines, Army and Air Force.
  5. Give a Hoot, Make an Owl. This organization accepts crochet owls to look over and care for children in foster care.
  6. Share a Square. Crochet squares that will be made into afghans to donate to children with cancer (and their siblings, too). I learned about this one through Crochet Cabana who has made numerous squares to donate to them.
  7. Sunshine International Blankets of Love (SIBOL). Donate squares which are turned into terrific one-of-a-kind afghans that are sold to raise money for Alzheimer’s. Important cause! I enjoy following the SIBOL blog to see all of the cool contributions and the blankets that are made.
  8. Halos of Hope. This organization accepts donations of chemo caps to help provide comfort and kindness to the numerous people who will have to undergo chemotherapy this year.
  9. Bridge and Beyond. Central Ohio organization that accepts crochet and knit donations to help the homeless. Hats, scarves, slippers and other items to help the homeless stay warm are all accepted.
  10. Warm Up America. “Warm Up America distributes warm afghans, caps and other items to tens of thousands of people, thanks to the generosity of knitters and crocheters around the country.”
  11. Project Linus. “Project Linus is comprised of hundreds of local chapters and thousands of volunteers across the United States. Each volunteer and local chapter all work together to help us achieve our mission which is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.” This one has been around for a long time. It was established in 1995 and they’ve donated three million blankets so far!
  12. Binky Patrol. “All volunteer, national, non-profit organization making and distributing homemade blankets to children born HIV+, drug-addicted, infected with AIDS or other chronic & terminal illnesses, those who are abused, in foster care or experiencing trauma of any kind.” I found out about this one through Ambassador Crochet who has a great list of “crochet for a cause” options on her site.
  13. afghans for Afghans. “A humanitarian and educational people-to-people project that sends hand-knit and crocheted blankets and sweaters, vests, hats, mittens, and socks to the beleaguered people of Afghanistan.” I learned about this one from Crochet Spot, which also has a list of crochet for charity options on the site.
  14. Compassionate Creations. I also learned about this organization from the Crochet Spot list. Compassionate Creations accept donations of crochet scarves, lapghans and wristbands for people who are survivors of sexual and domestic abuse. Monthly donations are made to their local crisis center.
  15. Stitches from the Heart. This organization gives handmade blankets and other items to premature babies around the nation. In addition to crochet donations, they accept yarn donations which they use in their senior program, giving the elderly a way to help babies.
  16. American Angels. This organization accepts many different types of donations for the troops. For example, they have a Winter Warmth program that accepts helmet liners, gaiters and slippers. They also have heroghans, blankets that are sent to the families of those lost in action. I learned about this crochet for charity option through Woolcrafting, which has a section on the site where you can add your own suggestions of where to crochet for charity.
  17. Calvin’s Hats. This organization accepts donations of tiny crochet hats to provide comfort for grieving parents who lose their children before they are born.
  18. Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation. “Pine Ridge Reservation, located in South Dakota, is home to the Oglala Sioux Tribe and is 2,000,000 acres large with an estimated population of close to 40,000. The reservation is large, and its needs immense, commensurate with grinding poverty. Unemployment is over 80%, the weather is extreme, and families struggle mightily with crushing financial, housing, health, educational and social issues.” Numerous crochet items are accepted for the people on this reservation, ranging from practical items like hats and washcloths to fun items like finger puppets.
  19. Knits for Needs. This organization accepts crochet donations to give to anybody in the country who needs help keeping warm.
  20. Soldiers’ Angels’ VA Crochet & Craft Team. “The VA Crochet & Craft Team makes and sends lapghans (blankets), hats, scarves, trach/stoma bibs, catheter bag covers, ditty bags, wheelchair/walker totes and slipper socks to VA medical facilities around the country.”
  21. Afghans for NICU Babies for Christmas. This is an annual effort that one person launched five years ago and still keeps going as a way to recognize the people of the Oakland Children’s Center NICU unit who helped save her baby when he was first born. She accepts donations all throughout the year, primarily of afghans, booties and hats, and she donates them to the NICU unit after Thanksgiving each year.
  22. Lilybugs. “Lilybugs is a charity knitting and quilting group that knits hats and socks and sews blankets for the babies and children at the Pediatric Heart Center at UCSF in San Francisco, California.” This is an online Yahoo group that is open to new members.
  23. Snug Hugs for Kids. This is an annual clothing drive that happens in November / December each year. It has been going on for more than two decades. Increasingly many of the donations are handmade clothing items. They now have a crochet-and-knot-a-thon to support this.
  24. From Ewe to You. This organization accepts a diverse array of different crochet and knit products that are then distributed to a wide range of different types of programs. One of the types of organizations that benefits from the help of From Ewe to You is animal shelters.
  25. Hugs for Homeless Animals Snuggles Project. “The Snuggles Project was founded by our president and founder, Rae French, in 1996 because of her heartfelt need to do something for the innocent victims who find themselves in animal shelters without a bit of comfort to call their own. Picturing them in their hard cold cells made her heart ache to do something to help. So she got the idea of security blankets for shelter animals. The security blankets are called “Snuggles.”
Some of these organizations have very strict rules about what they will accept, including size and pattern and fiber restrictions. Others are much more open. Figure out what works for you when giving your time to a good cause!
Note: I’d also like to remind you that if you buy yarn from Glen Echo Designs on Etsy, 25% of your purchase is donated to help prevent human trafficking.
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