Knitting for Charity
While many people intrinsically enjoy knitting as a hobby, many others do it specifically for the purpose of donating finished items to charity. Some common charity knitting purposes include donations to hospitalized children or adults, people in third-world countries who have very little, parents who have recently lost a newborn baby, neglected animals, and homeless people who spend much of their time out in the cold. Knitting for charity has a large number of benefits for the knitter and recipient alike. Knitters get to spend time with like-minded people, while improving their skills. While the knitted or crocheted items may seem like a small gesture, it goes a long way into bringing a ray of hope and happiness into another person's life. It is a way of letting them know that there are people in the world who care about them, even if they are unknown. To learn more about knitting or crocheting for charity, have a look at these resources below.
Pine Street Inn Knit-A-Thon
This charitable group organizes knitting events to raise money that is used towards helping homeless people get back on their feet.
Hats Off for Cancer
Volunteers can crochet or knit a hat that will be donated to a cancer patient to help them be less conscious about their sudden hair loss caused by chemotherapy treatments.
Knitting for Noggins
Sick children at the Arkansas Children's Hospital are cheered up by colorful, custom knitted hats that are made and donated by volunteers.
Warm Up America!
This unique non-profit group teaches people how to knit or crochet garments that can be donated to people in need. They also organize collection and distribution of knitted items for impoverished people.
Knots of Love
The main goal of this group is to make and donate warm, knitted caps to patients suffering from cancer, burns, brain surgery, and other issues related to the head. With over a thousand members, they typically donate around 3,000 caps monthly.
Starting a Charity Knitting Group
Learn how to find like-minded people, reach out to charities and organize group knitting projects for those in need.
The Binky Patrol is a national volunteer group that knits blankets that are given out to children who were born with chronic illnesses such as HIV and AIDS, or those who were found abused or neglected.
Dedicated to the memory of Heather Spoll, who passed away from cancer, this group knits caps for patients undergoing chemotherapy. Their website provides patterns for men's and women's hats.
The Snuggles Project
To participate in the Snuggles Project, volunteers knit, crochet, or sew soft, comfortable blankets for animals that have been abandoned, abused, or neglected. The blankets help to calm the animals and give them a sense of security.
Knitted Knockers is a fun, yet thoughtful take on prosthetic breasts for mastectomy patients. Volunteers create and donate life-size knitted breasts that are typically far more comfortable and lighter than silicone models.
Stitches from the Heart
Families of newborn babies that wind up in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit receive handmade knitted baby garments as a token of comfort and support. The garments include different sizes including some for bereavement purposes.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
These shawls are donated by volunteers to those in need of prayer, comfort, and support for different reasons, ranging from illness to times of stress and worry, and more.
Named after the famous Charlie Brown character who faithfully totes his security blanket everywhere, Project Linus donates handmade blankets to sick or traumatized children and babies.
Angels for Hope
This volunteer group crochets small angels and distributes them with a card to people who are sick or injured. The intention is simply to cheer them up and let them know that there are others who care about them.
Why Knit for Charity?
Read about some of the benefits that knitters and donation recipients each experience when someone knits for charitable purposes.
Bundles of Love
Volunteers with Bundles of Love create knitted garments and bedding for infants who come from impoverished families.
Parents experiencing the illness or loss of a newborn baby are supported by volunteers of Calypso's Ocean, who donate knitted items such as baby blankets, booties, and more.
The Knitting Connection
Children or families that are going through hard times can request knitted items such as winter wear (hats, gloves, scarves etc.) and seasonal items like Christmas stockings.
Mother Bear Project
Children in Africa who suffer from AIDS and HIV are the recipients of hand-made knitted or crocheted teddy bears. The toys are a simple gift to help cheer them up and bring some joy into their lives.
Knit for Boston
This Boston-based charity organization helps local volunteer knitters to connect with charity groups so that they can offer their services and help out.