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madametj 03-05-2007 01:07 AM

Charity Knitting
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

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: 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 ( where they have several charities listed such as Warm Up America! (I think that is what it's called.

Good luck with your searching!

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
Afghans for Afghans
Children in Common

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...

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

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... :(

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.


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

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