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madametj
03-05-2007, 01:07 AM
I want to start charity knitting but i am clueless as where to begin or what organization to choose.

suggestions? :shrug:

syndactylus
03-05-2007, 01:25 AM
chimps like blankets.
I think most sanctuaries want them.
(I can't find the one that was asking specifically lately.)

noejusti
03-05-2007, 02:33 AM
Hi,
I knit for a charity called Stitches From the Heart. It is a charity group in Santa Monica, California that makes and accepts knitted or crochet items for premature babies in neonatal intensive care units across the country. They also accept donations of yarns, needles, etc, or money. (They also state in their brochure that contributions also help add purpose to the lives of elderly volunteers who make items to help these infants.) Their email is: StitchFromHeart@aol.com which has more information. They accept donations mailed from anywhere and they ship to all different hospitals around the country. They also know a lot of other people who have started their own charity groups. I would search for them and other groups on the internet, or give them an email and see what they say.

They have brochures with different patterns in them, and it is fun because you can pick any soft yarn and any needle and do a pattern which is going to fit an infant somewhere- no matter how tiny it is.

And it is a great way to whittle down some of your yarn stash while practicing some new stuff.

You can also check the CYCA website (www.knitandcrochet.com) where they have several charities listed such as Warm Up America! (I think that is what it's called.

Good luck with your searching!
v.
:D

Jan in CA
03-05-2007, 03:17 AM
I guess everyone knows I mostly knit for charity by now. These are the sites I've been knitting for. Make sure you always read the FAQs. Some charities will only accept wool, some won't take cardigans, etc.

Knit for Kids (http://www.knitforkids.org/)
Afghans for Afghans (http://www.afghansforafghans.org/)
Children in Common (http://www.adoptionstogether.org/common/index.asp)

I've also knit chemo caps and preemie caps for Caps to the Capitol.

marykz
03-05-2007, 09:55 AM
Knit globally act locally! (ok, I took that from someone...)

check charitable organizations near you: shelters, (human and animal), hospitals, senior centers, etc.

I have a favorite local charity which offers clothing for needy women and their children (linens and blankets too) in my county. I make hats, scarves and little blankies. I usually attach little tags with the yarn info: Wool, acrylic, or a little instruction like : do not dry in dryer.

good luck! MKZ
2 sets I made last month...

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/134/397909577_4fa8e0dde8_m_d.jpg

newamy
03-05-2007, 11:11 AM
You might look for th book Knitting for Peace- lots of good ideas there. Also in the Knit-a-long forum there are a few of us working on bears for the www.motherbearproject.org

Jan's suggestions are good too so check those out.

msoebel
03-05-2007, 11:35 AM
I am currently working on a shawl for our local hospice. They are called prayer shawls, but there isn't really any religious significance. Our hospic is desperate for them...many of the patients no longer have family ties and this is something that makes them feel loved. A friend of mine is a nurse there, and she said that many ask to die in them... :(

http://www.shawlministry.com/

I know our local fire department is always looking for teddy bears or blankets for families and children who lose their homes to fire (imagine the comfort that would provide to a child who just watched their house burn down!).

Our hospital accepts hats for preemies and infants all the time.

I didn't have time to look it up, but afghans for afghanistans is a great charity (and completely not picky). They accept hats, scarves, mittens, sweaters, and afghans to warm a nation struggling to rebuild.

Misty

vaknitter
03-05-2007, 11:52 AM
I just got in touch with the volunteer coordinator at our local childrens hospital and asked what they needed and they were able to direct me to local groups that have "knitting days" and "sewing Saturdays" to make things for the hospital.

You can do blankets, chemo caps, layettes or still birth babies or babies that die before ever leaving the hosp, my mom knits little sweaters for teddy bears (she lives near a hosp that gives each child a teddy bear and lets them pick a sweater to put on it). Knitting for charity is such a wonderful way to justify my stash of yarn to my husband !!

Alice's Restaurant
03-05-2007, 05:00 PM
I just wanted to say thanks for posting this question--I was actually about to ask the same thing.

I have a particular interest in knitting for premature/nicu babies, so I've just emailed Stitches From The Heart for more information on working with them.

I haven't had much interest in knitting for myself lately, so I think this will be a good use of my time (and yarn).

SabrinaJL
03-05-2007, 10:54 PM
http://www.interweave.com/knit/charities.asp

madametj
03-05-2007, 11:26 PM
thank you all for this information, i will certainly look into these organzations.

Sabrina, your link helped a lot! There are so many to chose from it is a little overwhelming, though. I think the deadline are past for many of these also. Caps to the Capital is close, and i think the Red Scarf Project is also :thinking:

I think what i might end up doing is giving my FOs to my mom to donate to the hospital where she works. she's in the nursery and i remember her saying that the babies feet are often so cold that they are blue, may i'll just go with some hats and socks for them (baby sock patterns anyone? :shrug: )

letah75
03-06-2007, 12:11 AM
I'm working with some kids (read "juvenile delinquents") teaching them how to knit. We are going to start making scarves for the local homeless shelter.

By the time we get them done it'll be summer, which can get about 115 degrees for weeks at a time, but hey, they can keep them til next winter right.

My kids are really excited about doing it, which is cool to see 'cause about the only thing they usually get excited about it who just went to juvie and why.

They also want to learn to knit benies, so we'll probably make some for them, and some for premies, or again the local homeless shelter.

Right now I've got three boys and a few more who want to join. One boy last week made the amazing discovery that knitting calms him down. He stated "If this keeps making me so sleepy when I do it, I might not have to take my ADD meds anymore." Funny, but I advised him not to stop his meds. :teehee:

It's great to see kids who've spent significant time in juvenile hall, for pretty serious law offenses, and who are "hard" getting all excited about knitting for others.

Emeraldcutie
03-06-2007, 12:50 AM
I knit for our local, keeping kids warm chapter.
It was set up for kids (up to 23 years old) that are homeless for various reasons, to ensure while they are out in the cold they have hats, scarves, mitts etc.
I also knit for our local hospitals nicu, as my daughter was born with a lung problem and one of the greatest things I remember about the time in there, was how the nurses used to dress her in the cutest little hats and booties to keep her warm and cozy. I only took one hat home and left the others for the next babies coming in. I also encourage my daughter (who is now 11) to knit for charity also. We try to live by the one for us, one for donation strategy.
We keep a small rubber maid container in our home that we put all the finished items in until we have enough to take with us to the destination.

Another one I support is the Dulaan project.

http://www.fireprojects.org/dulaan.htm

No matter how small every little bit is appreciated.

stacyk9
03-06-2007, 02:23 PM
What a great idea. One of my daughters spent 6 1/2 weeks in a NICU and this would be a great way to do something for another baby who is ill. I just contacted the hospital where she was and hopefully someone will get back to me soon.

Stacy

*KnitPixie*
03-06-2007, 06:43 PM
I knit for http://thepreemieproject.com/ We knit ,crochet, or sew for premature infants and families in need of clothes, baby care items and support in general. :heart: You should check into its loads of fun and helps to get rid of unwanted stash and for a great cause too!

madametj
03-06-2007, 10:50 PM
I knit for http://thepreemieproject.com/ We knit ,crochet, or sew for premature infants and families in need of clothes, baby care items and support in general. :heart: You should check into its loads of fun and helps to get rid of unwanted stash and for a great cause too!

sound like a great organization. as i said earlier my mom works in the nursery so the items will be received quicker if i just give them to her to give away. they get new babies and plenty of preemies just abuot every day, so i don't really think i can make too much even for just that one hospital.