Crochet for Charity

Crocheting for charity is one of the most rewarding things that many crocheters take part in. I am always inspired by those who choose to donate their crocheted creations to charity and therefore, I encourage others to do the same. By crocheting for charity, we can help many people in need of clothing, blankets, love and support. In addition, many if not most charities are a 501(c) (3), meaning that your donation is tax deductible. But better yet, you get the satisfaction that you are making the world a better place one crocheted item at a time.

Here is a list of charities to help you get started. Please visit the sites to learn more about each charity and I encourage you to get involved. If there is a charity that is not listed, which accepts crocheted donations, please share this charity with everyone by contacting us at [email protected]

So let’s get our hooks movin' for a good cause.

1000 Stitches

Description: 1000 Stitches is a project organized by Marny Elliott of Columbia, Missouri to encourage 1000 people to sew, knit or crochet a blanket for someone in need. Each individual crafter is encouraged to select a local individual or charity to support (e.g. homeless shelter, child with AIDS or cancer, a child living in a group home). Make a blanket for the charity or person or organization; wrap it as a gift with a note enclosed that provides a message of hope. Let Marny know (via e-mail, postcard, or letter) about your donation and the message you included; the type of blanket you gave; the recipient; how you felt about giving the gift; and include a photograph if possible. As a part of the 1000 Stitches project, Marny will make a booklet of all the items given away for everyone who participates. She will also help individuals find an organization in their area that needs donations.

Donations: Blankets sewn, knit or crocheted

Contact Person: Marny Elliott

Mailing Address:
3705 Forum Blvd 111
Columbia MO 65203 USA

E-mail: [email protected]

Afghans for Angels

Description: Afghans for Angels is an organization made up completely of volunteers who make and distribute baby blankets to local hospitals to give to parents who have suffered the loss of their infant through miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death. Please include the washing/drying/care instructions with any blankets that you send.

Donations: Baby Blankets

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 52
Britt IA 50423-0052 USA

E-mail: [email protected]

American Angels Heroghans

Description: We need your help making 12 inch squares in red/white/blue for our heroghans come join our group at the website above. Our heroghans are given to families of fallen military members. Our assemblers live in many different states across America.

Donations: 12 inch crochet squares in red/white/blue (flag colors)

E-mail: [email protected]

American Cancer Society

Description: The American Cancer Society provides, free of charge, crocheted stoma covers for head/neck cancer patients. We are in need of volunteers to crochet these and donate the crocheted stoma covers for these patients. We have a pattern that can be supplied to anyone interested in helping us. Please have any interested volunteers contact Nancy Price, and she will mail or email pattern directions.

Donations: Crocheted Stoma Covers

Contact Person: Nancy Price

Mailing Address:
1100 Ireland Way, Suite 201
Birmingham AL 35205 USA

Phone: 205-930-8876

E-mail: [email protected]

Angels for God

Description: We are a Ministry that would like to help the elderly to preemies. We make items such as shawls, squares for afghans, preemie items and more. We are starting anew in 2008 and need all the help we can get. We do accept donations of needles and yarn. No cash please, just supplies. We help a different charity each month. If you would like to join please go to [email protected] If you would like to donate supplies please e-mail [email protected]

Donations: Squares and shawls

Contact Person: Sandra

Phone: 215-755-8126

E-mail: [email protected]

Angels for Hope

Description: Angels for Hope sends hand-crocheted angels and butterflies to those who are severely injured and/or chronically ill as well as their caregivers. The angels and butterflies are a reminder that those suffering are not alone, and that others care. The Angels for Hope web site includes links to many organizations including American Heart Association, National Breast Cancer Foundation, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Polio Connection of America, and various caregiver support groups. There is also a thoughts, prayers, and hopes message board.

Donations: Crocheted Angels and Butterflies

Contact Person: Cindy Gabner

Mailing Address:
308 Spring Road
Palmyra PA 17078 USA

Phone: 717-838-4235

E-mail: [email protected]

Aubrey’s Angels 

 Aubrey’s Angels is nonprofit, charitable ministry, in San Antonio built of love, to help meet the very special needs of precious sick babies and parents who are in need of a smile. We want each family to know, without a doubt, that there are people who love their tiny angels, are praying for them, and want to help by crocheting, sewing, knitting, and quilting hats, booties, afghans, mitts, angel layettes (burial layettes), memory boxes, diaper shirts, etc. working from home. We also make afghans, lap blankets, and chemo caps for chemo and dialysis patients in San Antonio. You don’t have to live close to participate! We also make parent bags for moms and dads who spend an enormous amount of time in the hospital waiting room. 

 Bags, Hats, Blankets, Afghans knit, sewn, or crocheted 

Contact Person:
 Lynn Zuniga 

Mailing Address:
534 Hunt Lane #1908
San Antonio, TX 78245

[email protected] 

Barb's Caring Touch

Description: Barb's Caring Touch is a group of volunteers who crochet, knit and /or sew, providing handmade baby items to hospitals. All items are given free to infants, children and their parents. Especially needed: clothing tiny enough for babies in Neonatal Intensive Care Units and layettes for babies who die.

Contact Person: Barbara Wade

Mailing Address:
1026 North St.
Oil City PA 16301 USA

Phone: 814-677-3412

E-mail: [email protected]

Beanies for Baghdad

Description: Donna Ward runs a Web site for our troops where they request toys, school supplies, beanie babies and clothes for the children of Iraq and Afghanistan. They use these items to promote for better relations with the people there and to give something to children with nothing. The items are used for children they meet on the streets, schools, orphanages, hospitals, etc. At this time they are mailing to six units in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our troops continue to ask for these items to help them accomplish their missions, calm nerves and help put a smile on faces that have little to smile about.

Donations: At this time LTC James Barker has launched a campaign to obtain, hats, scarves, mittens, gloves and coats for the children this fall. As it gets very hot there in the Summer, it also gets very cold in the Winter.

Contact Person: Donna Ward

Phone: 812-402-1547

E-mail: [email protected]

Beth’s Hats for Hope 

 The inspiration for this group stems from Emily’s Hats for Hope Initiative located in Morristown, New Jersey. Emily’s Hats for Hope Initiative is an organization that was founded by a 17 year old from New Jersey. Emily was a junior in high school when she began making winter hats for the local homeless and working poor in NJ. She began donating hats in January 2012 and since then she has donated thousands of hats, scarves, afghans, mittens, etc. Her hats have been donated to soup kitchens, battered women shelters and food pantries throughout the northeast and Kentucky and as far away as Guatemala. Her vision and her message have empowered many people throughout the US, Canada and as far away as Denmark and Australia to create their own versions of Emily’s Hats for Hope Initiative so that they too can give back to their community. This is how Emily wanted her project to evolve. She wanted her concept to be duplicated by people all over the world so that more people could benefit from a warm hat, mittens, gloves, scarf or afghan. Emily set out to show the world that teens can make a difference in the world. 

 Hats, mittens, Gloves, Scarves, and Afghans, knit or crocheted 

Contact Person:
 Beth Pitard 

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 299 Grafton, MA 01519

[email protected] 

Binky Patrol

Description: The Binky Patrol is dedicated to giving handmade blankets to children and teens from one day to 18 years old who are ill, abused, or experiencing any kind of trauma. Blankets may be crocheted, knit, sewn or quilted. The only requirement is that a binky must be at least 3-foot square, be soft, washable, and all pins removed. There are a few patterns available on the web site, but blankets of all designs are accepted. Crafters of all ages and skill levels are invited to join the Binky Patrol.

Donations: Non-crafters are also needed to help. Volunteers are needed to deliver binkies to shelters, hospitals and foster agencies. Donations of batting, yarn, soft fabric, notions, and labels are also accepted.

Contact Person: Susan Roush

E-mail: [email protected]

Blankets for Canada Society

Description: The mission of Blankets for Canada based in southern Alberta is to give crocheting and knitting free of charge to those absence of shelter or in need of warmth in Canada. The Society asks stitchers to remember 8 x 8 x 8 and to spend at least 8 minutes per day crocheting or knitting 8 by 8 squares. Sew or crochet 48 squares together and you have a 48 by 64 blanket that will be given free of charge to those in need. Labels saying Compliments of Blankets for Canada NOT FOR SALE are sewn onto each blanket that are then given to organizations to pass on to those without shelter.

Donations: crochet or knit 8 by 8 squares

Mailing Address:
214-905 1st Ave. South, Suite 217
Lethbridge AB T1J 4M7 CANADA

E-mail: [email protected]

Bow Dazzling

Description: Bow Dazzling is a non-profit organization created by Molly and her mom, Tisha. Molly is a cancer survivor, who was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2009 at the age of 15. After chemo, her hair started to grow back and she was ready to stop wearing wigs and hats. So, she started wearing headbands and bows and loved the compliments she received from friends and family. At visits to the clinic Molly and her Mom realized that other girls would benefit from the confidence boost that a pretty bow on a headband could bring to them. Bow Dazzling's mission is to provide headbands and bows to young girls undergoing treatment for cancer and other serious medical illnesses to give them encouragement and confidence. The bows are made by volunteers using purchased and donated materials. We are in need of volunteers to crochet headbands that will fit babies to teenagers. We are also in need of crocheted bows and flowers and any other fun, cute, sweet designs that we could attach to a hair clip upon receipt. Bow Dazzling has provided almost 5000 bows and headbands to children's hospitals in Texas with definite plans to expand the delivery area as our volunteer base and donation volume continues to grow.  

Donations: Crochet headbands. Crochet bows, flowers, and other cute fun designs that we can attach to clips. Also we could use donations of yarn in fun bright and pastel colors and crochet hooks.

Contact Person: Tisha Weems

Mailing Address:         
Bow Dazzling 
4401 Little Road 
Suite 550-328 
Arlington, TX 76016

Email: [email protected]

Facebook: (examples are posted here)

Bundles of Love

Description: Bundles of Love serves premature and newborn infants in Minnesota. They have a special need for crocheted afghans or afghan squares and sweaters. Bundles of Love also accepts donations of infant hats, booties and burial gowns.

Donations: Afghans, afghan squares, sweaters, infant hats, booties and burial gowns.

Mailing Address:
7975-166th Street West
Lakeville MN 55044 USA

E-mail: [email protected]

C. Fred Silagy Foundation

Description: The C. Fred Silagy Foundation in Vancouver, Washington is accepting donations of yarn so they can crochet afghans and slippers for the elderly. Kim Silagy-Ruestig is forming the foundation in memory of her father who always did things to help the elderly without anyone knowing who he was. Kim is a small business owner in a family business in Vancouver, Washington, and wishes to carry on her father's tradition. The group will crochet afghans and slippers and 2 local quilting clubs are making quilts. The Fountaion will also help the elderly with their day-to-day needs such as grocery shopping done and special projects such as helping them to make and mail Christmas cards.

Donations: Yarn, afghans or slippers

Contact Person: Kim Silagy-Ruestig c/o Cheyenne Mfg. Inc.

Mailing Address:
14014 NE Salom Creek Ave.
Vancouver WA 98686 USA

Phone: 360-574-7771 or 1-800-424-7575 (Day) or 360-574-6682 (Evening)

E-mail: [email protected]

Caps for Kids

Description: Helps needy children keep warm by crocheting them caps, or even scarves and mittens. Caps for Kids is a non-profit organization that collects handmade caps for children from newborn (including preemies) to age 18. Hundreds of yarn ships in the United States are registered with Caps for Kids and collect the caps throughout the year. The caps are donated to underprivileged children in December through the work of community-based, non-profit, non-denominational agencies. You may send a self-addressed envelope to receive the name and address of the closest registered store in your area. You may also mail your donations directly or donate to a local organizations and send a note to Caps for Kids to let them know how many caps you donated and to what organization.

Donations: Hats, scarves, and mittens.

Contact Person: Bonnie Greene

Mailing Address:
20112 Echo Blue Drive
Penn Valley CA 95946-9442 USA

Care Wear

Description: Care Wear was started in 1991 by Bonnie Hagerman in Frederick, Maryland because of the need for preemie sized hats, booties, mittens, bibs, blankets, burial gowns and toys. Head sizes of the infants in hospital neonatal intensive care units vary from the size of a large walnut or lime to larger than normal for full-term babies. Medium, large, and extra-large preemie and full-term are the most needed sized. Care Wear has approx. 650 volunteers and has distributed more than 28,000 hats to hospitals across the United States. Care Wear has its own pattern book and newsletter, which provides patterns, volunteer news and lists of hospitals and their needs.

Donations: Hats, booties, mittens, bibs, blankets, burial gowns and toys.

Contact Person: Bonnie Hagerman

Mailing Address:
4930 Covington Road
Leicster NY 14481 USA

Phone: 301-696-3550

E-mail: [email protected]

Caris Healthcare
Description: Caris Healthcare is a hospice agency covering states of TN, VA and SC. We are looking for people to sew, knit, crochet blankets, afghans, shawls or neck pillows for patients who have been given six months or less to live. Our hospice patients are cared for in their private homes as well as nursing facilities. These items provide that extra touch of comfort and warmth and bring smiles to patients.

Donations: Fleece Blankets or neck pillows sewn, knitted/crocheted afghans or shawls

Contact Person: Gloria Gentry

Mailing Address:                          

Caris Healthcare

Attn: Gloria Gentry
1701 Euclid Ave. Ste H

Bristol, VA 24201

EMAIL[email protected]

Chain of Love Charity Group

Description: Chain of Love Charity Group is an internet-based charity group that donates crocheted, knit, and sew items to a different charity each month. The group was founded in June 2002 by Susan Kay Thomas.

Donations: Crochet, knit, and sewn items          

E-mail: [email protected]

Charitable Crafters

Description: Charitable Crafters was founded to make and donate knitted, crocheted and sewn outerwear, clothing, blankets and toys to the needy in the Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin area. The group also needs donations of yarn, patterns, and polar fleece.

Donations: Knitted, crocheted, and sewn outerwear, clothing, blankets, and toys.

Mailing Address:
4407 Jay St.
Duluth MN 55804 USA

E-mail: [email protected]

Circles of Hope

Description: Circles of Hope (formerly known as Granny's Daughters for Chairty) is a special project to help various charities while using up scrap bits of yarn. A Circle of Hope is the first round of a granny square and takes very little yarn to crochet. Sue Traudt accepts donations of the motifs made from either baby, sport or worsted weight yarn and assembles them into afghans and other items for different charities.

Donations: Granny squares made from either baby, sport, or worsted weight

Contact Person: Sue Traudt

Mailing Address:
7 Valley Brook Lane
North Haven CT 6473 USA

E-mail: [email protected]

Cozy Cuddles for Kids

Description: Cozy Cuddles for Kids needs volunteers to make caps, scarved, mittens, slippers, blankets and sweaters for needy children, from newborn to adult-sized teens. Cozy Cuddles works as a catalyst for volunteers and corporations to find opportunities to help organizations that serve needy children directly. Donations will be distributed to children served by Grant a Wish, a Chicago-based group whose mission is to uplift a child's consciousness by providing something that he or she needs or wants, and can be used as a catalyst for achieving immediate or future goals. For Persons outside of Illinois, send donations directly to Grant a Wish: K.Quinn/Cozy Cuddles c/o Grant a Wish 400 N. Wells, Suite 412, Chicago, IL 60610

Donations: Toys, books, coats, slippers, caps, scarved, mittens, blankets, sweaters - from newborn to adult teen

Contact Person: K. Quinn

Mailing Address:
1939 Waukegan Rd., Suite LL2
Glenview IL 60025 USA

Phone: 847-998-9950

E-mail: [email protected]

Crafting Angels

Description: and/or crochet. We are an online charity group that gives to those in

Donations: Mittens, hats, gloves, blankets, slippers, scarves, socks, booties and more.

Contact Person: Bev Qualheim

Mailing Address:                           
P. O. Box 427
Logandale NV 89021 USA

E-mail: [email protected]

Crafting From the Heart

Description: need. Our mission is to get others involved with erasing poverty, a

Donations: Afghans, gloves, mittens, hats, duffel bags, backpacks, clothing.

Crochet 4 Senior Citizens

Donations: Afghans, lapghans, shawls, and yarn.

Contact Person: Panda Lewis

E-mail: [email protected]

Crochet Friends Charity

Description: in America through International Children's Network. These wonderful

Donations: Chemo hats, caps, booties, and yarn.

E-mail: [email protected]

Crochet for Comfort

Description: lofty goal and one in which we are hoping you will join us.

Donations: Baby blankets, preemie hats, booties, layettes, burial layettes, mittens and hats.

Contact Person: Dakota Evans

Mailing Address:        
56 Kent Avenue
Kitchener Ontario N2g 3R1 CANADA

Phone: 519-577-6482

E-mail: [email protected]

Crochet/Knitting for Noggins

Description: folks go to Peru on a regular basis and will deliver our handmade

Donations: IMPORTANT - A few things to know about knitting or crocheting hats for ACH: - We ask that hats be approximately the size of an average cantaloupe or larger. Remember we need hats for ALL ages, including teens and adults. - Due to infection control, all needlework items must be made out of new materials (not recycled items). Handmade hats are preferred, and we ask that no logos be on the hats. - We also ask that items be free of any odor or pet hair. - For privacy reasons, please do not attach your name or personal information to individual needlework donations. - Use your creativity, but bright and colorful hats are always great! And don't forget that we can use boy colors as well as girl colors.

Contact Person: Arkansas Children's Hospital - Volunteer Services

Mailing Address:
800 Marshall Street, Slot 108
Little Rock AR 72202 USA

Phone: 501-364-1825

E-mail: [email protected]

Crocheted Stoma Covers

Description: In 2007 we expanded to helping orphans in Peru and children-at-risk

Donations: Stoma Covers

Contact Person: Nancy Price

Mailing Address:                                                 
1100 Ireland Way, Ste. 201
Birmingham AL 35205 USA

Phone: 205-930-8876

E-mail: [email protected] or [email protected]

Ellie's Angels

Description: Ellie's Angels is a group in Atlanta, GA area that crochets and knits afghans for hospice programs in Atlanta. The goal is to create gifts of love and kindness for their terminally ill in the belief that no one should have to die alone, frightened, cold and lonely. Ellie's dream is to have angels all over the country. Ellie's Angels is also making afghans for all 1,000 chemotherapy rooms in Atlanta. Donations of acrylic yarn are needed. The colors of blue and green are most commonly request, with white used to accent. Donations of money help to fund mailing items outside of the Atlanta area.

Donations: Afghans, acrylic yarn and money.

Contact Person: Ellie          

Phone: 770-489-5816

E-mail: [email protected]

Faith, Hope and Charity Stitches, Inc.

Description: Faith, Hope and Charity Stitches, Inc. makes premature infant clothing and devices, clothing and blankets for infants through age five years. Many of our things are sent to agencies where the family is served as a whole - so we decided to help children of preschool age and down. All gifts of clothing, blankets, burial outfits, hats, coats, mittens and so on, are sorted, processed and sent out to the children that need them within four weeks of receipt.

Donations: Clothing, blankets, burial outfits, hats, coats, mittens for infants through preschool age children.

Contact Person: Karen, founder

Mailing Address:
9290 South Brown Rd
Chardon OH 44024 USA

E-mail: [email protected]

Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation

Description: Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation is an internet group of volunteers who sew, knit, crochet and donate items for babies, children and adults living in abject poverty on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

Donations: Sewn, knit or crochet items for all ages.

Gifts for the Unborn

Description: Gifts for the Unborn, a nonprofit charity, is seeking donations of baby booties and socks to include in all of the gift packages that it donates to crisis pregnancy centers. The counselors at the centers give the gifts to women who test positive in crisis pregnancies. For most, this is the first gift that she will receive for her baby. Since the organization was founded in 1995, Gifts for the Unborn has donated more than 38,000 gift packages to crisis pregnancy centers in all 50 states of the U.S. and 5 countries.

Donations: Baby booties, socks, bibs, hats, or other baby items.

Contact Person: Carol Richey or Dick Jacobs

Mailing Address:
11305 Alhambra Drive
Austin TX 78759-4902 USA

E-mail: [email protected]

God's Tiny Angels

Description: God's Tiny Angels is an all-volunteer group whose goal is to give all babies who leave the hospital a blanket, hat, booties, and mittens, so that none have to go home in only the hospital gown and diaper. Crocheted, knit, quilted, and sewn items for premature or full-term infants are accepted. The group will provide free patterns upon request. Include a label with your name and address so that parents can send a thank you card or picture.

Donations: Crocheted, knit, quilted, and sewn items for premature or full-term infants.

Halos of Hope

Description: Not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing caps for chemotherapy patients with items crafted by caring volunteers.

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1998
Arlington Heights IL 60006-1998 USA

E-mail: [email protected]

Happy Hats (Lids for Kids) & Lapghans

Description: This charity brings sunshine and comfort into the lives of children and adults who are cancer patients. Make the hats and lapghans with lively colors to lift their spirits. Also, use soft yarns as their heads and bodies may be sensitive from treatment. All sizes of hats and lapghans are appreciated. If you wish, include a note that tells a little about yourself. Donations may be Jean Marie, 1520 Sunbury CT., Vista, CA 92084 or to the Children's Hospital address.

Donations: Hats and lapghans for children and adults.

Contact Person: Children's Hospital

Mailing Address:
3020 Children's Way
San Diego CA USA

Phone: 310-326-8409

E-mail: [email protected]

Hat Box Foundation

Description: The non-profit Hat Box Foundation's mission is to distribute hand-made (either knit or crochet) hats to cancer patients across the country who are undergoing chemo treatments. We believe something made from the heart helps heal the human spirit. However, we can’t do it without the help of our fellow crocheters and knitters.

Donations: Hand-made knitted or crocheted hats

Contact Person: Carrie Mayhew

Mailing Address:                           
3471 Caminito Sierra #P202
Carlesbad CA 92009

E-mail: [email protected]

Heart to Heart

Description: Heart to Heart is a national, non-profit organization of volunteers, dedicated to making hand sewn, knit and crochet angel dresses (also called burial gowns). These are donated as an ongoing project to the neonatal intensive care units of Boston hospitals. The angel dresses are used for the precious babies who lose their fight for life. Blankets, 12-15 are also included in the layette, for parents to take home and cherish during the difficult days ahead.

Donations: Burial gowns and baby blankets.

E-mail: [email protected]

HeartFelt Angels

Description: HeartFelt Anges is a non-profit organization of volunteers that make handmade baby items for hospitals to give to parents who suffer a loss of an infant. Also for parents who may be financially challenged and may not have an afghan or an outfit to take their baby home.

Donations: Baby items and afghans.

Heartmade Blessings

Description: HeartMade Blessings is a not-for-profit group of volunteers who provide hand-crafted items to those who have suffered a loss, tragedy, or hard times and need to know that others care. HeartMade Blessings provides comfort afghans and comfort pins. A Comfort Afghan is a collection of granny and sampler squares donated by caring individuals. There are usually 42 squares in an afghan, each one made by a different person. The squares are then sent to another volunteer who assembles the squares into an afghan and sends the completed afghan to the person in need. The pins are called Pins of Hope.

Donations: 6 to 12 squares.

E-mail: [email protected]

Heavenly Angels in Need

Description: Heavenly Angels in Need is a group that knits, crochets, sews, does woodwork, beadwork, makes memory boxes and has a casket program. They make clothing, blankets, burial items and more for NICUs, for sick babies and for babies who pass away. They also give to crisis pregnancy centers. They reach out all over America and other countries.

Donations: Clothing, blankets, and burial items.

Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 2394
Lebanon OR 97355 USA

Phone: 541-258-3849

E-mail: [email protected]

Hugs and Hope

Description: The goal of the Hugs and Hope Club is to put smiles on the faces of sick children across the country. The Hugs and Hope Club sends mail to the children, and asks visitors to their web site to do the same. Crocheters can help by making and donating blankets, dolls, angels and toys for the children, or Christmas ornaments for the parents. Donations can be mailed directly to each child. The background on the children and their addresses are posted on the Hugs and Hopes website.

Donations: Mail for the children, blankets, dolls, angels, and toys.

E-mail: [email protected] or [email protected]

Hugs for Homeless Animals

Description: This charity appeals to crocheters who are also animal lovers. Volunteers crochet security blankets or snuggles for homeless, lost or abandoned dogs and cats that end up in Humane Society shelters. The snuggles are a warm reprieve from thos hard, cold kennel floors and cages. They could be made out of acrylic yarn or cotton in any pattern or color. Afghans should not have fringe that animals can chew off and swallow. The ends must be fastened off long and woven into the work.

Donations: Blankets: 12x12 for cats and small animals; 24x24 for medium dogs and medium animals; 36x36 for large dogs and larger animals

E-mail: [email protected]

Hugs from the Heart

Description: Hugs from the Heart is a new volunteer-driven program within All-Hearts hospice program and we are in need of volunteer knitters, crocheters and loom weavers from throughout Hampton Roads and across the country to help us make blankets for our hospice patients. It is a gift from the heart that shows our patients we care about them and the hospice journey they are on

Donations: Finished blankets of 30 eight-inch squares. Or send eight inch squares that can be joined with other donated squares. Can be knitted, crocheted, or loom woven from any kind of yarn and in any pattern. Since these squares are for patients, soft and cuddly yarns are the most appropriate.

Contact Person: Amy Kelly - All-Heart Home Health & Hospice

Mailing Address:
410 North Center Drive - Bldg 9, Ste 102
Norfolk VA 23502 USA

E-mail: [email protected]

InKind, Inc.

Description: InKind, Inc. serves low-income, single parent families in crisis in the Austin, Texas area. They provide approximately 130 new mothers with Blessing Baskets each month. InKind, Inc. has a special need for blankets and booties.

Donations: Blankets and booties

Mailing Address:      
6506 Burnet Rd.
Austin TX 78757 USA

Phone: 512-374-9393

Keep Babies Warm

Description: Keep Babies Warm is a volunteer, non-profit organization that distributes baby blankets and other baby items such as sweaters, booties, and toys to special needs babies. The special needs include medically fragile, handicapped, orphaned, homeless, and abused children. Since August 2000, Keep Babies Warm had distributed more than 75 blankets and clothing items to babies in the United States, the Netherlands, Egypt and India.

Donations: Baby blankets, sweaters, booties, and toys.

Contact Person: Eleanor Wells

Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 2065
Interlachen FL 32148 USA

E-mail: [email protected]

Knots of Love

Description: Knots of Love?s mission is to warm the hearts and heads of those experiencing traumatic hair loss, no matter the cause. We are a dedicated group throughout the United States who knit and crochet caps with love. This act of kindness fills a need which is often overlooked. Our creations are distributed free of charge - one cap at a time. There are millions of people suffering from life threatening illnesses who can benefit from a hand knitted or crocheted hat. With your help we can continue in our mission of warming hearts and heads one cap at a time. Knit or crochet an adult size cap using an extremely soft yarn. For a list of yarns visit: Send your caps along with your contact information to the mailing address below. We will happily call you and tell you where your caps were donated. To find out more about our wonderful non-profit charity please visit us on the web at:

Donations: Knit and crochet caps

Mailing Address:
445 Seville Ave.
Newport Beach CA 92661 USA

Loving Stitches for Preemies & Newborns

Description: Loving Stitches for Preemies & Newborns provides clothing and stuffed animals for premature and newborn babies of Columbus, Ohio and the surrounding areas. Volunteers make butterfly shirts, sleepers, gowns, diaper shirts, bibs, receiving blankets, quilts, afghans, hats, booties, burp pads and stuffed animals. There is a special need for burial layettes. All items are donated free of charge to the babies and their families.

Donations: Shirts, sleepers, gowns, diaper shirts, bibs, receiving blankets, quilts, afghans, hats, booties, burp pads and stuffed animals.

E-mail: [email protected]

Lutheran World Relief

Description: Lutheran World Relief sponsors a baby layette project for babies in refugee camps, hospitals and villages around the world. Each layette should include two shirts, two gowns or sleepers, two receiving blankets, four cloth diapers, one sweater, two washcloths, one bath-size bar of soap, and two diaper pins. Sweaters may be knitted or crocheted. Preferred styles have buttons or ties down the front.

Donations: Layette sets

Many Arms Reaching You

Description: Many Arms Reach You, Inc. (The MARY Project) is a non-profit organization founded in 2000 that collects and donates knitted, quilted, or crocheted blankets to disadvantaged mothers and their children. Blankets of any size are accepted, although 34 by 36 is requested. Use fingering, sport or worsted weight yarn. Smooth, non-allergenic acrylic yarn is preferred. Cotton may be used, but shrinkage may occur after washing. Avoid sparkly fibers, wool or wool blends due to possible allergic reactions. Please do not add fringe.

Donations: Blankets

Mailing Address:
37 Kendall Avenue
Binghamton NY 13903 USA

E-mail: [email protected]

Newborns in Need

Description: Crocheted afghans, hats and toys are the most needed items for Newborns in Need, a charity devoted to providing essentials for infants whose mothers literally have nothing. Newborn babies are going home from the hospital in just a disposable diaper, not even a receiving blanket, and sometimes their home is a shelter for battered women or the homeless. Newborns in Need specializes in premature and newborn baby layettes and other needs, including burial layettes. Donations are made to medical centers, hospitals, homeless shelters, adoption agencies, sheriff's offices, food pantries, and to individuals. It serves 30 places in a nine-county area in the Ozarks, but has also donated throughout the U.S. and Canada. The program was started by Carol C. Green of Houston, Missouri. While donations of yarn, thread, books and patterns are invited, finished items are needed most.

Donations: Yarn, books, patterns and finished items for babies.

Mailing Address:
3323 Transou Road
Pfafftown NC 27040 USA

Phone: 877-231-5097 or 336-469-8953

E-mail: [email protected]

Opening Doors for Children

Description: The Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation, Inc., is seeking donations of hats and mittens for the children it helps througout the U.S. as a part of its Opening Doors for Children program. Foundation resources go to purchase books, educational materials, scholarships, sponsorship field trips, scouting units, debate clubs, sports teams and many other special services to children who are considered to be at risk. Volunteers also help through mentoring and tutoring. The Washington, D.C. office of Holland & Knight sponsors many projects at Cleveland Elementary in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Now, Opening Doors for Children has been asked to provide hats and mittens to many of the children from ages 5 through 11. Donated items should be machine washable.

Donations: Hats and mittens.

Contact Person: Angela M. Ruth, Executive Director, Holland & Knight Charitalbe Foundation, Inc.

Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 2877
Tampa FL 33601-2877 USA

Phone: 1-866-HKCARES

E-mail: [email protected]

PC Baby Drive

Description: The PC Baby Drive is collecting afghans, blankets and quilts to benefit a homeless shelter. This is an annual drive with the goal to collect blankets by August 31st, so they can be distributed for the winter months.

Parent to Parent

Description: Parent to Parent give immediate support to patients and families in the hospital going through a birth crisis including a baby in the NICU, a baby born with special needs or disbilities, moms on longterm in-hospital bedrest, or loss of a pregnancy or an infant. Support is offered to patients in the NICU, Maturnity, and Labor & Delivery units at five hospitals: Utah Valley Reginal Medical Center, Orem Community Hospital, American Fork Hospital, Timpanogous Regional Hospital, and Mountanview Hospital. Donations of sewed, crocheted, or knitted clothing, blankets and quilts are needed. There is a particular need for preemie sizes, but full term baby sizes are also needed. Parent to Parent is also collecting preemie patterns of all types. Send donations to: Parent to Parent, UVRMC/NICU, 1034 N. 1570 W., Pleasant Grove, UT 84062.

Donations: Blankets, quilts, and clothing for preemies and newborns.

Contact Person: Chrysteil Jones

Phone: 801-785-1275

E-mail: [email protected]

People That Care Center

Description: People That Care Center is an outreach ministry of Shady Grove Church in Lancaster, Texas, that ministers to under priviledged individuals, families, and children as well as to homeless veterans. They have a food pantry that serves South Dallas County and a Baby Corner that collects donated items for babies who are under priviledged up to the age of 2 years, and a number of programs that are geared to help others in need. People That Care Center requests crocheted afghans for babies and women, afghans for the elderly in nursing homes, baby hats and mittens, adult hats and mittens, monetary donations to help with outreach to the poor, and volunteers to help with their annual Christmas outreach to the homeless veterans in downtown Dallas. All items must be machine washable and durable.

Donations: Baby items, adult hats and mittens, afghans, and monetary donations.

Contact Person: Janice Carson

Mailing Address:
306 Milas Lane
Glenn Heights TX 75154 USA

Phone: 672-274-0131

E-mail: [email protected]

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Description: Prayer Shawl Ministry, McLeod Memorial Presbyterian Church, is open to anyone who would like to participate. We will be making shawls to give to those who are in need of prayerful comfort. We meet every other Tuesday night 6:30 - 7:30 in the fellowship hall (695 W. Stuart St. Bartow) beginning Feb. 12, 2008. Please bring your own needles and yarn; patterns will be provided. Donations of yarn, paper gift bags, tissue paper, etc. are welcome! We will begin with shawls -- knitted or crocheted, but welcome any hand-work -- quilting, embroidery, sewing, etc. We will also expand to include hats and lap-quilts as well as baby items. If you would like to nominate someone to receive a prayer shawl or if you have any questions, please email [email protected] or call 863/533-5433.

Contact Person: McLeod Memorial Presbyterian Church

Mailing Address:
695 W. Stuart St. Bartow

Phone: 863-533-5433

E-mail: [email protected]

Precious Pals

Description: The goal of Precious Pals is to help ensure that law enforcement officers will have plenty of stuffed animals to give to children who have just been involved in a traumatic situation. The program was created and is sponsored by The Knitting Guild of America as a means to provide comfort to children in crisis. Crocheters and knitters are asked to make sweaters and outfits for teddy bears and other fuzzy friends. Suggested height for the stuffed animals is 10. Local craft and discount stores are sources for teddy bears. You may also choose to crochet a bear. The sweaters may be hand knit, crocheted, or machine knit.

Donations: Sweaters and outfits for teddy bears.

Contact Person: The Knitting Guild of America      

Mailing Address:
502 S. Gay St., Ste. 410
Knoxville TN 37902 USA

Phone: 800-274-6034

E-mail: [email protected]

Project Hope Afghan

Description: Members of Project Hope Afghan in Houston, TX, knit and crochet afghans and distribute them to children who are receiving treatment at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Afghans are done in all sizes, from baby to full-size. The afghans are done in bright, cheerful colors which not only add a personal touch to each patient's room, but also let them know that someone is thinking of them. Project Hope Afghan accepts monetary donations and also donations of yarn and completed afghans. Any amount or color of yarn will be accepted, but it must be washable.

Donations: Yarn, afghans, or money

Mailing Address:
6159 FM 1960 W
Houston TX 77069 USA

Phone: 800-274-6034

E-mail: [email protected]

Project Linus

Description: Providing comfort in the form of hand made, washable aghans, blankets and quilts to ill children in hospitals all across the U.S. is the object of Project Linus. Named after cartoonist Charles Schultz' Peanuts character Linus, who carries his blanket everywhere, Project Linus was started by Karen Loucks-Baker of Denver, Colorado. There are now Project Linus coordinators in many cities and states across the U.S. Each hand made afghan or blanket is given to a sick child, along with a removeable tag with the giver's name and address so the recipient may give them thanks personally. Project Linus has more than 270 chapters and has delivered more than 80,000 security blankets to seriously ill and traumatized children in the U.S. and Canada.

Donations: Afghans, blankets and quilts.

E-mail: [email protected]

Sailor's Blanket for Dogs in Need

Description: Sailor's Blanket was founded by Kelly-Sue Thompson to provide a warm, soft blanket to dogs in need. The blankets are given to the dogs (and also cats) when they arrive at the foster home and go with them once they are adopted, providing them with a much-needed sense of comfort and security. The blankets may be new or gently used. Size Guidelines are: Extra Small - approx. 2 feet square for cats and chihuahuas, Small - approx. 3 feet square for miniature pinschers, and Medium - 3.5 to 4 feet square for basenji, salukis, whippets, and afghan hounds. Animal rescue organizations supported include: TLC Cats, Canadian Chihuahua rescue and Transport, Internet Miniature Pinscher Service, Italian Greyhound Club of America Rescue, Italian Greyhound Safehouse Alliance, Basenji Rescue and Transport, Saluki Tree of Life Alliance, American Whippet Club Rescue, Greyhound Pets International, and Afghan Hound Club of America Rescue.

Donations: Blankets, new or used, for dogs and cats

Contact Person: Kelly-Sue Thompson

E-mail: [email protected]

San Diego Wildfire Blanket Project

Description: 1588 homes were destroyed in the seven fires that raged through San Diego County the week of October 21, 2007. The original goal was to get blankets into every family?s hands for the holidays but as we learned with the Cedar Fires of 2003, the rebuilding process is a slow and steady one. Therefore, a more realistic goal is that starting in November 2007 at least 25 blankets will be delivered to families each month. Squares have been received from crocheters and knitters around the globe and the San Diego community continues to support the group. Please go to the Web site above for information on squares and how to get them to those in need.

Sewing for Babies

Description: Sewing for Babies is an all-volunteer organization that provides hand made (sewn, knitted, crocheted) blankets and clothing to sick and needy babies in Nebraska. Crocheted afghans, booties, blankets, sweaters, caps, gowns, socks, rompers, mittens, burial gowns, and memory items are accepted. Donations of yarn and fabric are also needed.

Donations: Baby items, yarn and fabric.

Snugs Hugs for Kids

Description: Crocheters and knitters throughout the U.S. and Canada are invited to participate by using their talents to create warm mittens, hats, scarves, baby afghans, sweaters, blankets, slippers, and booties which will be distributed as holiday gifts as part of the Merlin's Annual Snug Hugs for Kids. This winter clothing drive benefits needy children, ages 0 to 18 years, served by the Children's Home & Aid Society of Illinois (CHASI).

Donations: Winter wearable items for 0 to 18 years.

Spread the Warmth

Description: Spread the Warmth is a 100% volunteer project that collects new and handmade hats, scarves, gloves, and mittens, to be given to the homeless and displaced in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. We accept and distribute only NEW items, crochet or knot. Individuals, families, and groups can participate by making or purchasing items and donating them.

Donations: Handmade hats, scarves, gloves, and mittens.

Contact Person: K. Washington

Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 68782
Virginia Beach VA 23471 USA

E-mail: [email protected]

Squares 4 Survivors

Description: Squares 4 Survivors ministers to hurricane survivors by making 12 inch squares which are combined into beautiful, warm afghans. As of October 2006 over 200 afghans have been distributed to survivors across the Gulf states. You can go to Yahoo groups and type in Squares 4 Survivors for more information or

Contact Person: Catherine Nicklow

E-mail: [email protected]

Stitches from the Heart

Description: Stitches from the Heart is a non-profit organization in the Southern California area that loves to knit and crochet for children. Any knitted or crocheted items are appreciated. Stitches from the Heart has donated thousands of hand-made hats, booties and blankets to various hospitals around the country. The group has quartlery teas to collect the booties, blankets, and hats (or they can be sent directly to group leader Kathy Silverton to be included in boxes regularly being mailed to the hospitals).

Donations: Hats, Booties, and blankets

Contact Person: Kathy Silverton

Mailing Address:
3306 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica CA 90405 USA

Phone: 1-866-472-6903

E-mail: [email protected]

Support Virginia Tech Comfort Shawl Initiative

Description: The YMCA at Virginia Tech is coordinating volunteers to knit or crochet ?comfort shawls? for those directly impacted by the campus tragedy. Comfort shawls ?wrap, enfold, comfort, cover, give solace, mother, hug, shelter and beautify.? The intent of the shawl is to put a loving thought, prayer or memory into each stitch of the shawl to provide comfort during times of grief or joy. Please visit for instructions and various pattern types and additional information about creating a shawl. Don?t knit or crochet? Make a donation of money or supplies?yarn (555 or 740 yards), knitting needles sizes 11 or 13, crochet hooks size M, N or P. All donations and completed shawls can be sent to YMCA at Virginia Tech at the below address. Please include your name and address with your donation.

Contact Person: Sandy Wirt, Student Programs Director

Mailing Address:
403 Washington Steet SW
Blacksburg VA 24060 USA

Phone: 540-231-3734

TX Moms of Tiny Angels

Description: TX Moms of Tiny Angels donates hand made blankets, booties, hats and burial gowns to local hospitals for babies in the neo-natal intensive care unit, and for babies who are stillborn or who dies shortly after birth. It was founded by women who experienced the loss of a child due to miscarriage, stillbirth, or early infant death.

Donations: Blankets, booties, hats, and burial gowns.

Teeny Tiny Treasures

Description: Teeny Tiny Treasures donates blankets, hats, booties, and gowns for babies in hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Units to use in the hospital and at home. Volunteers are needed to sew, crochet, knit, or quilt items in the small sizes needed by premature infants. Teeny Tiny Treasures also needs donations of yarn, fabric and polyfill stuffing. Stuffed animals and dolls are also accepted. Burial gowns are also accepted, since the families find it difficult to find gowns to fit the tiny babies. The Teeny Tiny Treasures web site has information on sizes of blankets, type of yarn or thread to use, washing instructions and free patterns for a preemie hat, preemie booties, and preemie afghans.

Donations: Blankets, hats, booties, gowns and burial gowns.

Contact Person: Laura Reavis

Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 635
Hayes NC 28635 USA

Phone: 336-838-4452

E-mail: [email protected]

The Pink Slipper Project

Description: Inspired by Terry Grahl of Enchanted,and her work with women's and children's shelters, The Pink Slipper Project is an endeavor to warm the hearts and the toes of women and children living in shelters. Our goal is to provide hand-made slippers to as many of these women and children as possible.

Donations: Ways that you can help...Create simple slipper patterns for The Pink Slipper Project. Create slippers using your own patterns. Get your sewing and quilting groups involved. Donate materials - fabrics, yarns etc. Spread the word.


Touching Little Lives

Description: Touching Little Lives is a charity for needy, premature and newborn babies in Ohio. Donations of crocheted items such as afghans, sweaters, hats, booties and burial layettes in preemie and newborn sizes are accepted. In addition to supplying more than 15 hospitals, Touching Little Lives also donates infant items to family service agencies and to women's shelters. Volunteers with sewing, knitting, and crocheting skills are especially needed.

Donations: Afghans, sweaters, hats, booties, and burial layettes.

E-mail: [email protected]

Tyler for Life

Description: The Tyler for Life Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit volunteer organization that seeks to improve the life of babies by preventing mental retardation and death resulting from disorders detectable through newborn screening. Early detection can lead to early treatment and prevent unnecessary complications. The Tyler for Life motto is Saving Babies One Foot at a Time. Deborah Hamburg coordinates the minature Baby Booties program to raise awareness of Maple Syrup Urine Disease (MSUD) and other disorders. She wears the booties and whenever someone comments on them, she gives them with information on newborn screening. Her goal is to give a pair of booties and an information sheet about testing to all new and expectant partents in the U. S. A pattern for the mini booties is available on their website.

Donations: Miniature Booties                  

Contact Person: Deborah Hamburg, c/o Annie's Attic

Mailing Address:
111 Corporate Drive
Big Sandy TX 75755 USA

E-mail: [email protected]

Warm Fuzzies of Love

Description: My name is Amy Butterfield and I am co-founder of Warm Fuzzies of Love. After making numerous baby blankets for friends, I realized that I needed another outlet for my crocheting. I can only make so many blankets for my friends & family to enjoy! I had also just taught a friend and my 12 year-old daughter how to crochet, and they were looking for projects to work on. With a little discussion and thought, Warm Fuzzies of Love was born. We researched organizations that collect handmade items for people in need, and made the decision to align ourselves with five non-profit organizations that share our vision in helping others. The organizations were selected because their missions are dear to our hearts due to personal experiences we have faced, and the populations they serve. We provide blankets for Project Linus ? a national organization that collects and distributes handmade blankets to children in need. They may be knitted, crocheted, quilted or ?no-sew? type blankets. Within the local area, the blankets are given to hospitals, shelters, foster homes and more. We provide scarves for Threads of Compassion ? an organization that collects handmade scarves for victims of sexual violence. These are donated to area rape crisis centers and hospitals for distribution. We provide hats for chemotherapy patients for Head Huggers. Hats may be knitted, sewn or crocheted and are distributed to local cancer treatment centers, oncology offices and hospice organizations. We provide baby items, handmade and new, for Miracles Happen ? a national organization that supports pregnant women in need. Items made and donated are delivered to local pregnancy resource centers for distribution to their clients. We also provide handmade shawls and lap blankets to residents in nursing homes, hospice patients, parents of hospitalized children ? anyone who could benefit from the comfort.

Contact Person: Amy Butterfield

Mailing Address:                                                                              
3701 Batavia Court
Westerville OH 43081 USA

Phone: 614-327-1041

E-mail: [email protected]

Warm Hearts-Warm Babies

Description: Warm Hearts-Warm Babies is an all volunteer group that sews, knits, crochets, and quilts for premature infants and babies in need. Afghans, hats, booties, mittens, sweaters, etc. in sizes for preemies to 4T are donated to hospitals, crisis pregnancy centers, shelters, law enforcement agencies, foster care, WIC offices, and individuals in Colorado and neighboring states. Donations of other baby items, yarn, and sewing supplies are also accepted.

Donations: Afghans, hats, booties, mittens, sweater, yarn, and sewing supplies.

Warm Up America

Description: The Craft Yarn Council of America (CYCA) sponsors the Warm Up America! Project. The goal is to provide warm crocheted or knitted afghans to anyone in need. Afghans are collected by CYCA and distributed to Red Cross chapters for use during natural disasters, for the homeless, and for those who lose their homes and belongings in fires. Persons wishing to start a Warm Up America! project in their community, or wishing to contribute a completed afghan(s) or sections and/or to obtain free sample crochet and knit patterns for use in the afghans, should send a self-addressed stamped #10 envelope.

Donations: Afghans

Contact Person: Craft Yarn Council of America

Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 9
Gastonia NC 28053-0009 USA

Phone: 704-824-7838 or 800-662-9999

Warming Familes

Description: Warming Families encourages families to work together to create afghans and quilts, mittens, hats, headbands, scarves, socks, slippers and teddy bears for homeless individuals and families. The handmade items are distributed to homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, orphanages, and foster group homes. The project is sponsored by Alan Osmond's One Heart Foundation and The web site provides patterns for six-inch crocheted squares, labels to print to attach to blankets, suggestions on how to get started, and a list of shelters that need donations. Suggested sizes for blankets are 48x72 which is eight 6 by twelve 6 squares; and 36x42 for cribs which is six 6 by seven 5 squares.

Donations: Afghans

Warmth for All

Description: Warmth For All is a community-based organization dedicated to providing warmth and comfort to those in need by collecting and distributing hand-knitted and crocheted goods. Our headquarters is based in Portland, Oregon but we are happy to add new chapters and they can choose the charities they wish to work with.

Donation: Hats, Mittens, Gloves, and Scarves, knit or crocheted 

Contact Person: Marge Padian 

Mailing Address: 
Please visit the website for more information on the donation drop off locations.

[email protected]


Description: We are a large and fast growing online support group, free for laryngectomees, caregivers and professionals. Our goal is rehabilitation. One of our constant needs is for stoma covers for new patients and for those who just cannot afford to buy the readymade ones. The MidSouth Division of American Cancer Society is handling the distribution of these to individuals (and to other groups when our supplies are sufficient).

Contact Person: Nancy Price - American Cancer Society

Mailing Address:
1100 Ireland Way, STE 201
Birmingham AL 35205 USA

Phone: 205-930-8876

E-mail: [email protected]


Description: Webb-Babies is an all volunteer organization that provides blankets and knit or crocheted clothing for babies in neonatal intensive care units. Hand made clothing is needed because commercially available infant clothing is too big for these tiny babies. Donations of yarn and fabric are also needed.

Donations: Blankets, yarn and fabric.

Welcome Baby!

Description: Welcome Baby! Is a project of Dorchester CARES and the Family Nurturing Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Trained voluntters make a friendly visit to families with newborns and provide a gift basket, plus information on community resources and services. Welcom Baby! needs donations of handmade baby blankets to include in the gift baskets.

Donations: Baby Blankets

Contact Person: Randi Freundlich

Phone: 617-474-1143 ext. 228

E-mail: [email protected]