Charity Spotlight – Knots of Love

Hats are such quick and satisfying knit and crochet projects, we often end up with more than we can use or gift. If your hands have the urge to make more hats than your wardrobe requires, donating hats to charity is a wonderful way to support and comfort someone going though a tough time. While the donation may seem small, recipients treasure their handmade hats, knowing that someone was thinking about them and took the time to make them a one-of-a-kind gift.

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Knots of Love is an amazing organization that donates handknit or crocheted hats to chemo patients and others facing life-threatening illnesses. They also donate blankets to NICU patients as another meaningful gift given to tiny newborn babies. If you want to donate a cap or blanket to Knots of Love, be sure to check out their donation criteria and approved list of yarns.

If you’re searching for the perfect hat pattern to send to this incredible charity, the free Imperial Yarn Snowflake Hat pattern is an easy knitting project that would definitely be treasured. The free Spiral Cloche crochet pattern is another great option to donate to this important cause.

Have you ever knit or crocheted a hat for charity? What about a blanket? Tell us your experiences here or on Facebook – we can’t wait to hear from you!

Charity Spotlight – Binky Patrol

Binky Patrol is a fantastic charity for crafty afghan aficionados who want to make a difference in the life of a child. Whether you make sewn quilts, tie blankets, or knit or crocheted throws, you can donate your handiwork to this inspiring cause.

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Binky Patrol has donated handmade blankets to the Children’s Lifesaving Foundation, children’s hospitals, preemies, and children of soldiers serving in the military. However, this amazing organization donates these thoughtful items to many other children who can use some warmth and comfort. Their main goal is to give binkies to children who are ill, abused, in shelters, or homeless – those who may feel they are invisible or forgotten. They want them to know through the gift of a handmade blanket that they are loved and that they matter. It is this far-reaching approach that makes Binky Patrol so unique.

Binky Patrol2If you would like to donate a handmade blanket, go to their website to find a chapter near you or mail your donation directly to them. Some chapters also accept donations of yarn. Whatever you choose to donate, this incredible charity is a wonderful way to let your skills and creativity bring joy to those who need it most.

Charity Spotlight – Knit (or crochet!) for Kids

During this magical time of year, many of us are searching for ways to give back by helping those in need. Knitters and crocheters can give a child the gift of warmth by donating a handmade sweater, hat, or blanket to Knits for Kids.

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Your donations will help children around the world stay warm and healthy during the cold winter months. Because Knits for Kids serves children world-wide, they accept donations all year round. Acrylic yarn is strongly preferred because it holds up in the wash and does not shrink. Donated items will see a lot of love and use, and we want them to last as long as possible.

This holiday season, join us in fighting poverty with our knitting needles (and crochet hooks!) by donating a handmade blanket, hat, or sweater to this wonderful organization!

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.

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.

Charity spotlight – Hats of Comfort

Do you have any yarn in your stash that you don’t plan on using? Whether you got it from a friend or purchased it long ago, perhaps you are hanging on to it simply because you don’t want it to go to waste. Spring is the perfect time to sift through your stash and get rid of unwanted skeins to make room for that new yarn you’ve had your eye on!

hats of comfortOne environmentally-friendly way to purge unwanted yarn from your stash is to donate it to a charity that means something to you. Hats of Comfort is one charity that is always happy to receive donated yarn. They provide hats and other handmade items to people who have lost their hair due to illness. To help, you can also donate completed projects made with soft yarn that won’t irritate sensitive skin.

Have you ever donated yarn to charity? It’s a wonderful way to give that stray skein at the bottom of your stash some new life and bring comfort to someone in need at the same time. Do you know of any other charities that accept donated yarn?