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Charities

Here is a list of charities which supply knitted items to a variety of groups of people who need special help.

Knitting for Charity star
Do you want to knit for charity? Where should you go?

Selling or Donating your Knitted Items star
Have you ever wanted to sell what you make? Instead of knitting for profit, we sometimes make knitted goods for donation to worthy causes. Sell your goods and then donate the profits to somewhere in the world that needs the money.

The Walker Treasury Project star
Learn about the Barbara Walker Treasury Project and how to get involved.

Afghans for Afghans star[offsite link]
A terrific organization dedicated to relieving the plight of the citizens of Afghanistan with the gift of hand-knit/crocheted blankets and clothing. Visit their website for more information.

Algerian Action star[offsite link]
Algerian Action is a small, not for profit organisation which helps to support needy babies and children in Algeria by providing them with clothing, toys and other essentials. We are appealing for donations of handmade blankets for babies and children. All colours, shapes and designs are welcome.Alternatively you may like to donate some knitted or crocheted squares which can be made up into blankets by our volunteer knitters.

Bevs Country Cottage star[offsite link]
Bev has some great information and free patterns for charity knitting.

Binky Patrol star[offsite link]
Many of us had a "binky," or favorite blanket as a kid. Keeping the tradition alive, Binky Patrol provides blankets and quilts for sick, abused and other kids in need across the U.S. Complete details on their website.

Blanket for Canada star[offsite link]
An organization devoted to creating blankets for those Canadians who need the warmth they provide. Visit their website for information on the organization, its history, and ways you can help.

Coats and Clark donation links star[offsite link]
Coats and Clark are working with the charities listed on this page to make items to donate to those in need.

Cure Caps star[offsite link]
In November 2007, we organized a small grassroots effort called CureCaps and asked volunteers from around the world to help us fight deadly neurological diseases by making hats to raise money for brain research. You can think of CureCaps as our “Pink Ribbon” — the hats are a symbol of hope to cures brain diseases that impact millions of people worldwide.

Handmade Especially for You star[offsite link]
A nonprofit organization, Handmade Especially For You creates and distributes knitted and crocheted "comfort" scarves to shelters for women throughout Southern California who have suffered domestic abuse. Those who volunteer to knit, crochet, hand craft comfort scarves for Handmade Especially are everywhere throughout the United States.

Handmade gifts for Vulnerable Children star[offsite link]
Many of the children who receive our gifts have very little warm weather clothing at all. We make and donate scarves, hats and mittens to help them stay a little warmer though the cold winter months.

Keeping Kids Warm-London, Ontario star[offsite link]
"Do you know that, in our city of London, Ontario, we have at least 200 kids under 24 yrs old, living homeless on the street?" Help knit for them.

Knit A Square star[offsite link]
Join this crochet and knitting for charity project to help make the abandoned children and AIDS orphans of southern Africa warm.

Knit for the Cure star[offsite link]
Founded in 2004, the Knit for the Cure™ Campaign recruits knitters & crocheters from all over the United States to make handmade scarves, hats, purses, pins, etc., all incorporating the color pink. The creations will be sold at various events sponsored by the Susan G. Komen in San Diego foundation.

Knitters for Melbourne´s Needy star[offsite link]
Like most large cities throughout the world, Melbourne, Australia has more than its share of homeless, abused and needy people. This group seeks to provide them with handmade garments to show they care. There´s still much that needs to be done, so find out how you can help.

Knitting for Ninos star[offsite link]
We decided to start the group after my Mom learned how to knit and was gifting everyone with her wonderful projects. We realized this was our opportunity to help contribute in some way to the children of Honduras.

National Center for Children and Families star[offsite link]
Use this link to donate cold weather items to be distributed to needy families by the National Center for Children and Families

Needy Knitters star[offsite link]
If you are in Australia, here is a group that makes blankets, toys, garments, whatever is needed for the needy in and around Melbourne.

Newborns in Need star[offsite link]
NIN provides gifts of handmade blankets, clothing, toys and burial gowns for babies throughout hospitals in the US. A ton of resources are available at their website, including free patterns, chapter listings and message boards.

Operation Toasty Toes star[offsite link]
Operation Toasty Toes distributes home crafted slippers (knit or crocheted) to American servicemen and women. On their website you´ll find contact information, patterns, and complete details about the group and its mission.

Project Linus star[offsite link]
Any "Peanuts" fan will know the security provided by Linus´ blanket. In this tradition, Project Linus provides blanket for comfort and security for children in need worldwide. Visit their website to learn more about this worthy cause.

Samaritan´s Purse Australia star[offsite link]
Operation Christmas Child is a unique ministry of Samaritan´s Purse which brings Christmas joy, packed in gift-filled shoe boxes, to children around the world. Knit something for one or more of the shoe boxes!

TLC for Angels star[offsite link]
Provides hand knit and crocheted baby items to needy families through out the US. Visit their website to learn more about this worthy cause.

Touching Little Lives star[offsite link]
Based out of Ohio, this charity seeks to provide handmade items for pre-mature and newborn babies in area hospitals. Free patterns and complete details on their site.

Warm Hearts, Warm Babies star[offsite link]
This organization provides for premature and other babies in need in Colorado. Donations may be knit, crocheted or sewn, and their website includes free patterns, pictures and information about their group.

Warm Up America star[offsite link]
Sponsored by the Craft Yarn Council of America, this organization is committed to providing blankets for those in need. Make a single square or an entire afghan! Makes a great project for beginners and other groups, complete details on their website.

Warming Families-S. Nevada Chapter star[offsite link]
The southern Nevada link for this worldwide charity providing clothing, blankets, toys and such to shelters, foster and nursing homes and other agencies in need. Their website features an extensive listing of free patterns, shelter listings and more.

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