Crocheting for charity can be great a great way for you to give back to others. Some of the charities that I have contributed to include Little Hats, Big Hearts, a local hospice, a local church, and this year a nursing home.
There are so many charities out there it can be hard to just choose one, but if you have the time, finances, and heart to donate choose something that speaks to you. Remember that all organizations accepting crochet items may have different requirements, such as the fiber content, items accepted, sizes, etc., so be sure to do your research before starting on your crochet projects. Also you can always check with local organizations to see if there’s any need for donations, some places to check include local hospitals, nursing homes, homeless shelters, churches, schools, daycare centers, and more.
After polling crocheters in some Facebook groups I created a list of the charities that many are currently working with. If you haven’t heard of the charity organization I encourage you to visit their website for more information. Also some of these charity organizations accept knit, sewn, and other crafty items as well so pass this information along to your crafty friends too!
- Little Hats, Big Hearts is a heart healthy and congenital heart defects awareness campaign from the American Heart Association and The Children’s Heart Foundation.
- CLICK for Babies campaign provides purple colored baby caps to families alongside the Period of PURPLE Crying program.
- Warm Up America! provides warm afghans, caps and other items to tens of thousands of people, thanks to the generosity of knitters and crocheters around the country.
- Welcome Blanket asks people to join in making blankets to welcome a new immigrant to the United States.
- Hooking for the Homeless gifts crocheted and knit winter accessories to local community members experiencing homelessness, displacement or relocation, abuse or neglect, and the working poor.
- Comfort for Critters donates free handmade blankets to comfort homeless pets living in animal shelters across the US.
- Cool Our Soldiers supports American troops by providing water bottle soakers.
- Handmade with Love from Operation Gratitude supports deployed troops, new recruits, veterans and wounded heroes.
- Cancer Challenge with Sweet Potato 3 helps provide hats for cancer patients and cancer survivors.
- Feel Better Friends are handmade dolls donated to children battling cancer and other illnesses.
- Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation accepts donations for all ages of people in the Pine Ridge Reservation.
Additional crochet charities can be found on the Crochet Guild of America website here, Crochet for Charity.
Another thing to keep in mind is that there is a right time and place for donating handmade items. Times of crisis and/or natural disasters are not always necessarily the right time to donate you handmade items, although that may be you first instinct. Think about how you really can help in these situations. Read more about this in an article from Oregon Live.
If you know of any additional crochet for charity organizations feel free to message me and I will try to keep adding to this list.