7 Fun Ways to Knit for Charity

Fall is finally starting to creep its way in here in East Tennessee as if I needed an extra excuse to stop by Starbucks! I begin knitting more when the days start getting cooler. The start of the holiday season always inspires me to give and reflect on my year.You may have noticed this weeks theme revolving around Breast Cancer Awareness Month. However, in wrapping up the week I wanted to highlight a few other ways to knit for charity!

 

 

Yarns of Hope

Yarns of Hope is a charity located in McKinney, Texas. Their mission is to provide handmade goods to show love and hope for cancer patients and their families. They accept several different items including chemo caps, shawls, lap throws, and scarves. Visit their website www.yarnsofhope.com for more information if you are interested in getting involved.

Binky Patrol

Binky Patrol is a national non-profit organization made up of all volunteers. They distribute handmade blankets (sew, fleece, knit, crochet, etc.) to children, ages 0-18, who are born HIV+, drug-addicted, terminal illness or suffered from some trauma. In addition to finished product donations, they also accept fabric and yarn, as well as, monetary donations. For more information visit, www.binkypatrol.org.

Knots of Love

Knots of Love is an organization that provides either hand-knit or crochet hats to those struggling with hair loss due to cancer treatment. In 2013, they also began donating tiny Neonatal blankets to the hospitals around the nation. They do have several guidelines so, if you are interested in giving, please check the website www.knotsoflove.org.

Warm Up America

Warm up America is a foundation that’s been around since 1991. They team up with charitable agencies to provide services for homeless shelter, batter women’s shelters and people in need. For many people, knitting/crocheting and entire blanket take a very long time. Therefore, instead of making a blanket, they request 7” x 9” knit or crocheted rectangles. Then they have other volunteers that stitch the pieces together to resemble a patchwork. It's is a beautiful way to use any excess yarn! To get involved check out www.warmupamerica.org.

Knitted Knockers

Knitted Knockers are prosthetics breast for women who have undergone mastectomies or other breast-related procedures.  This organization connects with volunteers with breast cancer survivors.  They also provide the pattern on their website, check out www.knittedknockers.org.

The Red Scarf Project

The Red Scarf Project is an annual project provided by Foster Care for Success. Foster Care for Success is an organization that helps children who have aged-out of the foster system. The Red Scarf Project collects scarves from September 1-December 15 and distributes them to fosters kids on Valentine’s Day in a college care package. For guidelines for the program check out, www.fc2success.org.

The Mother Bear Project

The mother Bear Project donates hand knit, or crochet bears to children affected by HIV/AIDS in African countries. You do have to buy the pattern for each bear you make, but it’s just a few dollars, and this is to cover the shipping for the bears. For more information and to get your pattern visit, www.motherbearproject.org

 

Are you planning to knit gifts for people on your list this year?

Do you work with any charities?

I hope you can take some time to give during this holiday season. Whether it's with your time, your wallet, or something you just enjoy!

Kathryn O'Neil