There are so many different reasons to crochet for charity. It is a way to help others. It's an opportunity to crochet a lot of different items but not have to keep them sitting around your own house. It's a way to improve your own sense of well-being in the world by doing your part for people in your community. Charity crochet is kind, compassionate, creative and so appreciated by the recipients of the gifts that others create.
Do you want to crochet for charity but aren't sure... where to send your stuff? Take a look at these ten charity organizations to get you started:
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This organization accepts crochet granny square donations for people in need. They share: "Currently, we are crocheting baby blankets, booties, and beanies for first-time mothers in need. We are also crocheting adult sized afghans for the homeless and are working toward organizing a Winter Relief program in Ahoskie, N.C."
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The World War II Museum in New Orleans has a program called Knit Your Bit. The collect crocheted and knitted scarves and send them to the VA outlets around the country and they, in turn, distribute them to the homeless vets in the area. They offer knit and crochet scarf patterns on their site.
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This organization began in 1998 and has since donated more than five million handmade blankets to children in need! You can donate to a local chapter and help provide a little comfort to a kid.
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This is another great organization that collects donated crochet items for kids. It's an organization that helps to keep newborns alive through providing education and supplies to new mothers in need. One thing that the mothers learn is how to keep their babies warm and that's where your crochet caps come into play.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Many people like to donate chemo caps. "Crochet for Cancer is a Christian volunteer-based non-profit that donates handmade chemo caps to cancer centers for patients coping with hair loss."
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This is another option for people who want to crochet chemo caps for cancer patients.
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This is a charity asking for 8" crocheted or knitted squares to be sent to South Africa where they are made up into warm blankets for the estimated 11.6 million abandoned children and AIDS orphans.
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Pine Ridge Reservation, the South Dakota home of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, is struggling with severe poverty. Friends of Pine Ridge accepts handmade donations of all types to assist the people in need.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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"Warm Up America distributes warm afghans, caps, and other items to tens of thousands of people."
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This organization sends care packages to troops overseas and will include handmade items that are donated.
Crochet for Local Communities
Don't forget that there are also many local charities that accept crochet donations. You can talk to people at your local hospitals, nursing homes, children's shelters, domestic violence shelters, transitional housing projects, churches and animal shelters to see if they are interested in crochet donations and what they might need.