Despite writing about crafting for yourself last week, sometimes it’s best to use your talents for those in need. Oftentimes, a simple act like donating a handmade item to someone in need feels so great, that you will want to do it again and again. Knowing that, as you are making the item, it will be loved and appreciated by someone who really needs it is a great feeling.
Whether you knit, crochet, or even sew, many charities are accepting donations of all sorts of items like shawls, afghans, baby blankets, hats, scarves, and many more. Below is a short list of charities who accept donations of handmade items. If you’d like, do a simple Google search to find local charities in your area to help those in need where you live.
Knots of Love — Donate handmade hats to patients going through Chemo or dealing with other serious illnesses.
KasCare — Knit or crochet squares which will be assembled into large blankets for orphans in South Africa.
Made with Love — Knit or crochet prayer shawls for community members. Check with your local church for donation options in your community.
Newborns in Need — Donate knit, crocheted, or sewn items to newborns born into poverty. Accepting donations or any baby items including blankets, hats, clothing, booties, etc.
Project Linus — Accepting donations of handmade blankets for children who are victims of trauma or serious illness.
Blankets for Deployed Daddies — Providing blankets to deployed fathers of newborns to help the babies feel closer to their daddies.
Scarves for Special Olympics — Using this year’s event colors, knit or crochet scarves for each participant in the Special Olympics.
Hat Box Foundation — Make handmade crocheted or knit hats for cancer patients in need.
Binky Patrol — Sew, knit, or crochet blankets for children in need from ages 0 – 18.
Forever Warm — Donate items to comfort grieving parents after the loss of a baby.
Warm Up America — Knit or crochet a variety of items for those in need around the country.
Before beginning your projects to donate, be sure to choose a charity and read their donation guidelines carefully. Some charities require certain sizes of items or for you to use specific yarns or other materials.
Have you ever donated a handmade item to charity? Please feel free to share the name of your local charity in the comments.