There are many different programs that you can participate in if you are interested in crocheting for a good cause. One of those programs is The Mother Bear Project. For this project, you crochet a toy bear to give to a child in Africa or Haiti who is either living with HIV/ AIDS or has lost a parent to the disease.

To date, more than 67,000 crochet or knit bears have been donated to this project. One group that has recently become active in donating to the cause is the Sioux Falls, South Dakota chapter of PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Gays and Lesbians). They’ve made about one dozen bears so far but should be making more soon.

Why give these children a crocheted toy bear rather than a scarf or blanket like many other charity projects do? The goal here is to provide the children with as much comfort as possible and what better way to do that than with a hand crafted teddy bear?

If you are interested in participating, you need to purchase the $5 crochet bear pattern from the organization and then you’ll get all of the information that you need to complete your bear and send it in. Alternatively you can sponsor someone else’s bear or make a yarn donation.

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  1. This charity sounds lovely. And it may be the first crochet for charity project I actually do since toys and dolls are my favorite thing to make.

    Not sure children in many parts of Africa need a scarf anyway!

    • Kathryn Reply

      @Kayla – There are a few good charities that accept toys and I tend to like those ones because it’s different from the usual stuff. Not that there’s anything wrong with blankets and scarves. :)

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