Charity Spotlight – Warmth for Warriors

In honor of Veteran’s Day, we would like to introduce you to a wonderful charity that donates handmade knit and crocheted hats to comfort both active duty and retired soldiers. Warmth for Warriors is a great organization that is dedicated to thanking soldiers for their service by giving them a small but incredibly meaningful token of appreciation.

This note from a soldier who received a handmade hat says it all:

Warmth for Warriors“I just wanted to say thank you! What a great surprise to have received the hats the other day. I came back from a mission dirty, hungry, and tired; you brought a great smile to all of our faces. I think most of my soldiers slept with your hats on the same day/night. God bless you all, and thank you for what you do.” SFC K. F.

If your craft group would like to knit or crochet a few hats to thank these brave heroes for everything they do, please use wool or another natural fiber in a dark color to ensure your donations will stand up to the wear and tear our soldiers experience.

Our soldiers do so much for our country, and it is an honor to have the opportunity to give them a thoughtful gift that will be greatly appreciated.

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Charity Spotlight – Alice’s Embrace

Alice’s Embrace is a wonderful charity that makes a difference in the lives of those affected by Alzheimer’s Disease by donating lap blankets and prayer shawls. We would like to invite you to join the cause and knit or crochet one of these items to provide comfort to the memory impaired.

Alice's embraceBefore you make your lap blanket or prayer shawl, be sure to check the guidelines for acceptable yarns and patterns. The good people at Alice’s Embrace take care to ensure that every donated item can be machine washed and dried because these items will get a lot of use and love every day. This means that these treasured lap blankets and shawls will last a long time and become familiar items to the recipients.

Knit or crocheted with chunky yarn, these projects will work up in no time and help to enrich the life of someone affected by Alzheimer’s Disease. We hope you will join us in supporting this cause by using your talents to create a handmade item that is destined to be cherished.

Charity Spotlight – Little Hats, Big Hearts

The American Heart Association is preparing for 2015’s American Heart Month by collecting red knit or crocheted hats to be donated to babies born in February in participating hospitals. This inspiring project, Little Hats, Big Hearts, will raise awareness of heart disease and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country.

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To participate, send red yarn or a handmade red hat to the American Heart Association’s office in Chicago. Be sure your donation meets the requirements described on their site because cute bows and beads can be hazardous to little ones. For this project, simpler is better!

The deadline for sending hats is January 15, 2015, so you have plenty of time to get started. This project would be a great way to get a group of charitable crafters together to raise awareness about heart disease and heart defects in both children and adults.

Charity Spotlight – Knitting Without Borders

School is back in session for most children, and many of us are in “kid mode,” gathering up school supplies, packing lunches, and taking memorable photos of their first day of school.

One wonderful way to make a difference in another child’s life is to donate a handmade bear to Knitting Without Borders. Don’t let the name fool you – this fabulous charity donates both knit and crocheted bears to remote villages, orphanages, and hospitals. The impact of this charity is worldwide, and they provide donations to children in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central America, Europe, North America, and South America.

Crochet bear with heartInclude your own kiddos in the project by teaching them to knit or crochet, and have them help you create a meaningful teddy bear for a child in need. After all, compassion and creativity are important lessons to be taught both at home and in school.

Charity Spotlight – Knit-A-Square

If you’re in the Northern hemisphere like the Love of Knitting and Love of Crochet office, you are probably experiencing sweltering temperatures in your neck of the woods. However, our friends in the Southern hemisphere are in the middle of winter at the moment, and we would like to introduce you to a wonderful charity that provides donations to South African children in need.

Fair Isle heart in handsKnit-A-Square accepts 8″ x 8″ knitted or crocheted squares that are pieced together and donated to vulnerable or orphaned children in South Africa. While winter days there are relatively mild, dry air causes nighttime temperatures to drop quickly and plummet to near freezing. Many of these children have been diagnosed with HIV or AIDS, and keeping warm at night is vital to their health.

Donating is easy because the squares work up in no time, but you can donate hats, sweaters, socks, or toys as well. Stitch up a square that will become a toasty blanket, then knit or crochet another thoughtful item to warm a child’s heart.

Charity Spotlight – Warm Up America

For our charity spotlight this month, we would like to introduce you to Warm Up America. This wonderful organization distributes afghans, hats, and other handmade items to people in need all over the country. The best part is that you do not have to complete an entire afghan to contribute! Warm up America encourages volunteers to knit or crochet a 7″ x 9″ rectangle that will be joined with other contributions to form a full blanket. Of course, there is always a need for completed blankets or other items as well.

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Check out their website if you have any questions or would like to become a volunteer. Let’s come together to keep those in need warm this winter!

Charity Spotlight – American Angels

knit usa starMemorial Day is just around the corner, so we would like to introduce you to a wonderful charity that provides handmade knit or crocheted blankets to wounded soldiers and families of those who lost their lives serving our country. American Angels provides laphans to wounded soldiers to thank them for the sacrifice they have given. They also collect and distribute comforting “heroghans” to military families who have lost loved ones.

American Angels accepts handmade blankets from knitters or crocheters who would like to donate to this meaningful cause. They also provide care packages to troops as yet another way to thank them for their service. Visit their page to learn where you can send these wonderful gifts so they can be distributed to those who have already given us so much.