Also, check in your community. Food pantries, local schools, childrens clinics, any or all might be a place where your knitted hats and gloves can come in use. Childrens homes might be interested in stuffed toys, as are some police stations (for traumatized youngsters, they sometimes respond better to the toys than adults). I may be wrong, but I believe the Red Cross also accepts blankets as well.
Norwegian knitters: - Frelsesarméen: Warm wool clothes like socks, mittens, beanies etc. to keep others warm. Norwegian winters are cold, and not anyone has a warm home. - Local hospitals: I bet some kids on chemotherapy treatment would love to have some cool beanies. Also some newborn kids need a blanket, a beanie or socks to warm them up. - Immigrants who are waiting for permission to stay in Norway: Many of them are from countries far more warm than Norway and doesn't have reasonable clothes (or money to buy them). - Romanian beggars: Don't you think some of those who spend their days on the streets in our cold country would appreciate some warm thoughts? If you have issues giving them money because you fear they are connected with organized criminals - why not offer to give them a warm scarf?
Thank you for the list! I also stumbled across these charities for Breast Cancer patients/survivors that give them the option of a soft false-breast for free instead of having to pay for expensive alternatives:
Thanks for the list! I am running a craft for charity group at my workplace and this gives me some ideas of other things we can do. Currently, we have talked to one of the local hospitals, but we'll be building up slowly and will even be seeing about teaching local Girl Scout troops how to knit/crochet/sew!
Not sure of any national charities in Australia, but in regional NSW the best places to start are the local Arts and Crafts Societies and CWA branches (each regional town in NSW tend to have at least one if not both of these). These societies manage larger nation wide and international projects, such as squares for afghans and the like, as well as handling local projects for hospitals, natural disasters, etc.
Also a great place to check is the local Spotlight (or if you have a local yarn shop). This is how I became involved in the annual Homeless Week drive organised by a local charity , as well as the skull cap project for our troops serving overseas. Our Spotlight shop regularly sits up posters in the yarn isle for people seeking knitters and wool donations.
Thank you for this! We just had a major yarnbombing in our town and I get so irritated seeing all that yarn going to waste (and endangering the environment) when it could be put to so much better use with projects like these!
Well, if you're looking for a place to donate, I'm sure some of these accept international donations too. And its always worth checking your local hospital to see if they accept donations for little baby blankets or things to cheer up a sick persons room
Thanks for a link to the list! Through it I found out that a local animal shelter accepts donations made for the Snuggles Project. Now I know what to do with all my yarn scraps! Animal welfare related causes are very dear to me and I try to do my best best to help through lots of volunteer work. Its nice to know that there are other ways I can help when I can't physically be there to volunteer.
Nice list of charities. I'll need to check out the Newborns In Need for my area. There are times that my local Crisis Pregnancy Center has too many donations and they have no where to put items people bring in! Then again, any given time, I have a stack of blankies that need homes!
Plus doing donations is a great way to learn new techniques and be able to not clutter your home with excess yarn craft.
You know when you're not sure what to do so you listen to a song to help make up your mind? Well, that's sort of what just happened. I'm considering whether to do a knit-a-square fundraiser at my school. We'd donate to [link] I'm hesitant because it will take a lot of organizing and work. Seeing this message in my inbox is sort of like a nudge to get started. Maybe I will do a couple squares after all!
Afghans for Afghans is also active in Canada. In addition, many churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and other places of worship will gladly take donations for their members in need, or to be distributed to those in need in the community as a whole. Michaels stores in Canada accept knitted and crocheted squares to be joined into afghans.
When I was looking for links to Canadian crafting charities, I found this link: [link] to a page of patterns for knitted and crocheted cold-weather gear - of course suitable for those outside of Canada as well!
I think I fell in love with the Red Scarf Project! I now am planning on sending as many different red scarves to them as I can. Though as a relatively beginner knitter, does anyone have suggestions for adding a tag to a scarf?