Stitching for Good: Crochet and Knitting Charities

Within the world of knitting and crochet, many of us want to use our stitching ability to touch the lives of others. We know that stitching has amazing therapeutic benefits and is a wonderful creative outlet, but it can also serve a profound purpose in charitable endeavors around the globe. From providing warmth to those in need to fostering community bonds, these crafts have become powerful tools for making a positive impact.

One of the most profound and immediate ways crochet and knitting charities make a difference is by providing warmth to vulnerable populations. Whether it’s knitting scarves for shelters during cold winters or making blankets for premature babies in neonatal units, these handmade items offer more than physical comfort. They symbolize care, compassion, and the solidarity of strangers coming together through a shared love of crafting.

Organizations like the Knit-a-Square initiative in South Africa exemplify this spirit. They collect knitted or crocheted squares from around the world to create blankets for orphaned children and those affected by HIV/AIDS. Each square represents a small piece of a larger, warming tapestry of hope and support. Please check out their website to see how to get involved!

Stitching also provides mental and emotional benefits to both creators and recipients. Many individuals turn to knitting or crochet as a form of therapy, finding solace in the rhythm of stitches and the satisfaction of creating something beautiful with their own hands. For those receiving these items, knowing that someone took the time and effort to craft a handmade gift can uplift spirits and provide a sense of belonging.

I have personally crocheted and donated many blankets to Project Linus. This US based orginization provides handmade blankets to children who are seriously ill or experiencing trauma. These blankets not only offer physical warmth but also emotional comfort during challenging times. Check out their website to find your local chapter and how to get involved! Mine has a box in our local Joann stores where blankets can be dropped off.

Below is a list of more charities I have found online that accept donations. I hope you find one that resonates with something you are passionate about!

More Knitting/Crochet Charities

  • Knitted Knockers – Connecting volunteer knitters and crocheters with breast cancer survivors to offer free Knitted Knockers to any woman who wants them.
  • Knit the Rainbow – Works to empower and protect LGBTQ+ homeless youth by providing them with handmade knit and crochet winter clothing accessories.
  • S.A.C.K. – Donating soap sacks (with a bar of soap in each one) to homeless shelters, food pantries, veteran clinics, relief efforts and social service agencies. 
  • Knots of Love – Provides lovingly hand-knit and crocheted beanies to people going through chemo and NICU blankets to babies in neonatal ICU incubators.
  • Warm Up America – Distributes handmade afghans, caps, and other items to people in need across the United States.
  • Snuggles Project – Distributes handmade blankets and other comforting items to animal shelters to provide comfort to homeless and displaced animals.

Additional Ideas

I have seen people donate crocheted octopi to hospitals for preemie babies, but I was unable to find an actual website or any information about how to do this. I would recommend contacting your local hospital and asking! Another idea is contacting your local zoo to see if they accept donations for the animals. The last time I was at our zoo, I noticed the sloth had a little crocheted blanket. Another local idea is checking with your local yarn store to see if they accept donations for winter items. My yarn store has hats, scarves, socks, gloves, etc. hanging in bags outside for unhoused folks to take in the winter if they need them.

Do you know of a charity that wasn’t mentioned here? Please leave a comment! Whether you knit a scarf for a homeless shelter, crochet a blanket for a premature baby, or simply share your love of crafting with others, know that you are part of a global movement weaving together compassion and creativity—one stitch at a time.

xo, kalley

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