One of my interests is making and donating quilted and crocheted items to those in need.
I have worked primarily through Sunshine Quilt Guild an online quilt guild with a focus on producing and distributing quilts to those who need them. Sunshine Quilt Guild donates through two organizations Wrap A Smile which distributes quilts to those undergoing cleft palate surgery and Quilts Beyond Borders which distributes quilts to underserved children around the world. During 2016 I’ve switched focus a bit and have donated quite a few things to organizations that serve the Lakota people on the Pine Ridge Reservation. That said, there are lots and lots of organizations that accept donations. In fact, the idea behind this list is to allow everyone the chance to find the organizations that resonate with them. Do you want to help children? The elderly? The homeless? Animals? Victims of natural disaster? You’ll find charities serving all of these populations in this list. Be sure to bookmark the page so you can come back again, and share it with others in your community on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.
This page includes a growing list of organizations accepting and distributing quilted and crocheted items. Though I have tried to include a bit of information about each organization be sure to check out the organizations you are interested in donating to. Make sure that the organization is still in existence and is still accepting donations. If you know of other organizations that accept and distribute handcrafted items please leave a comment below and I will add them to this list.
1 Million Pillowcase Challenge
Make and donate a pillowcase or 2, 3, 4, or more for the Million Pillowcase challenge.
67 Blankets For Nelson Mandela
This group is just getting started in the US. They knit, crochet or quilt blankets (or squares to be made into blankets) for the needy in their areas to honor the 67 years of his life that Nelson Mandela gave his country.
Afghans For Afghans
Sends hand-knit and crocheted blankets and sweaters, vests, hats, mittens, and socks to those in need in Afghanistan.
Afghans For Animals
Want to help animals? The members of this Ravelry group makes and donates knitted, crocheted, and quilted blankets to shelters for fundraising auctions. The afghans/quilts are shipped to the group owner who then ships the afghan to the shelter that is raising funds. Donors are kept apprised of where and when auctions are held. There are also periodic online silent auctions within the group where members donate items (yarn, kits, finished bags, quilts, and handmade items to raise funds for various animal-related needs.
Afghans For Pine Ridge
Afghans For Pine Ridge is a Ravelry group. The group knits, crochets, and loom knits squares to be combined into afghans by volunteers. The finished afghans are then sent to social service agencies and organizations for distribution to the people of Pine Ridge. All sizes of squares are welcome, though 6 and 12-inch squares are preferred. Please, no solid black or solid white squares.
Aid For Appalachia
Members of this Ravelry group work to provide much-needed items to the people of Appalachia. The area’s residents – infants through seniors – need everything. Crochet, knitting, loom knitting, sewing, quilting are all welcome. The group has several ongoing projects. Book’n Blanket focuses on pairing a blanket and book donation. Toasty Toes focuses on anything to warm cold feet. Hat and Mitten Mania is focused on collecting hats, mittens, and gloves.
Alice’s Embrace was founded to provide shawls and lap blankets for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. This group requests that you use their patterns for shawls and lap blankets. You can find a link to these on the Ravelry group page. They also have a website and a Facebook page.
American Hero Quilts
This organization of over 800 volunteers makes and donates quilts to wounded veterans and their families. Quilts are sent to Madigan Hospital at Joint Base Lewis McCord, other Warrior Transition Centers in the US, and directly to bases in Afghanistan.
Angels Of Warmth – Washington Chapter
Collects and distributes hats to the homeless in the state of Washington.
Angel Quilt Project
The Angel Quilt Project relies on the talents of cross stitchers and machine embroiderers to make blocks for quilts to be given away to parents of premature babies, and children in burn and cancer centers.
Aussie Hero Quilts
Sends quilts and laundry bags to Aussie service men and women serving overseas.
Babies In Need
Babies In Need gathers handmade and purchased baby items and donates them to those who need them in Southwest Washington.
A binky is a sewn, knitted, crocheted, or quilted blanket. They can be anywhere from 2 feet by 2 feet for preemie babies up to twin size. Blankets are donated to children with chronic or terminal illnesses, those in foster care or experiencing trauma.
Blankets For Canada
Blankets For Canada members participate in making and distributing blankets for Canada’s homeless. Members can make and donate squares or can join squares or make entire blankets. Check out the Facebook group for more information.
Blankets of Love
Is an Australian based group which collects beautifully handmade quilts for distribution to those who have lost a baby.
Breast Cancer Quilt Auction
Quilts can be any size or color but must include a hanging sleeve. Quilts are auctioned to raise funds for Sutter Cancer Center in Sacramento. Previous quilt auctions have raised over 650,000 for the Sutter Cancer Center and its programs.
Bridge And Beyond
This group has a blog and a Facebook Group. The mission of the group is to create, collect and distribute, quilted, crocheted, knitted, and loomed items to help the homeless in Central Ohio.
Caps For A Cure
This is an online group which knits/crochets hats which are donated to chemotherapy centers.
Care Wear is a nationwide group of volunteers who knit, crochet, and/or sew, providing handmade baby items to hospitals for distribution to families in need. Their site includes a long list of hospitals and other agencies and the items they need.
Christmas At Sea
Mariners are miles away from home at the holidays. This organization enlists volunteers who knit or crochet items to warm mariners’ hearts and bodies. They prefer washable wool and wool blend yarn and prefer you use their patterns which meet the needs of mariners.
Days For Girls
This is another organization that distributes feminine hygiene products to girls and women around the world. This organization collects a package of items…some sewn…some purchased.
Dress A Girl Around The World
This group works through many area groups (both in the US and internationally) and volunteer ambassadors who collect and distribute dresses for girls in need around the world.
Emily’s Hats For Hope Initiative
This organization mentors many other chapters–there is probably one near where you live. The various chapters create, collect, and distribute, hats, gloves, mittens, winter scarves, afghans, and baby blankets for those in need. You can check out local chapters here.
Provides parents of stillborn children with a blanket that they can wrap their children in for pictures and/or burial. Parents may keep the blanket as a personal keepsake to remember their child.
Friends Of Pine Ridge
Friends of Pine Ridge acts as a central point for collecting and funneling much needed items to the various organizations that serve the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The needs on the reservation are vast and include hand made as well as store bought items. Check out the Friends of Pine Ridge website for information on what is needed or join the Yahoo Group for daily updates and new challenges.
Halfknits Charity Knitting/Crocheting Group
The Halfknits group is a Dallas/Ft. Worth area group that meets to crochet and knit items for various charities local and abroad. They welcome donations of yarn and other knitting/crocheting supplies.
Halos of Hope
Provides donated crocheted and knitted hats to over 450 cancer centers each month.
Happy Stitchers Afghan Project
This is a Facebook group whose members knit and crochet 6×9 inch rectangles which are then joined to make beautiful handmade afghans which are distributed to Landstuhl in Germany.
The Hatbox Foundation believes that something made from the heart can help heal the human spirit. With that in mind they make/collect/distribute hand knitted/crocheted hats for people with cancer and others in need.
Hats 4 The Homeless
This organization collects knitted/crocheted hats, gloves, and scarves and donates them through St. Francis Xavier’s Soup Kitchen on West 15th Street in NYC the weekend before Christmas.
Heartmade Blessings is a world-wide group of volunteers dedicated to providing hand-crafted items to those people suffering a loss, tragedy, or going through a rough time that need to be reminded of the simple fact that people care. This organization accepts donations of 12×12 inch knitted/crocheted squares.
This is an Australian Internet based association of dedicated knitters, crocheters, sewers and other crafters, who give warm clothing and comforting items such as blankets and toys to needy people throughout Australia.
If you can knit or crochet an 8×8 inch square you can donate to this organization. The organization collects 8×8 inch squares which are then joined into afghans and distributed to orphans in Africa.
Knitters and Natters Facebook Group
This is an international group of Facebook friends who work together to knit/crochet various items for charities in the US and abroad. They make baby clothes, squares, granny squares, hats and more.
Knitting For Brisbane’s Needy
Is an online group focused on knitting, crocheting, sewing, and crafting items for the needy of Brisbane. Many types of items are welcomed.
Knitting For Noggins
Knitting For Noggins is an initiative of The Arkansas Children’s Hospital. They collects hats September through March for distribution to children and babies of all ages.
Knit With Love
Knit With Love is dedicated to providing knit or crochet items to people in need, whether they are homeless, impoverished or sick. Knit With Love accepts donations of afghans, blankets, caps, beanies, prayer shawls, and etc.
Knots Of Love
Knots of Love’s primary goal is to brighten the lives of those in need with kindness and love. All Knots of Love creations are given free of charge to people who are battling cancer or other life-threatening illnesses or injuries.
Little Dresses For Africa
This organization serves as a collection point for dresses for girls in Africa and for britches for boys. They also collect cloth recyclable sanitary pads for women and new panties for women. Patterns and tutorials are offered on the site. Mailing instructions are on the “contact us” page.
Little Hats, Big Hearts
This is an American Heart Association program. Volunteers knit or crochet red hats in newborn or preemie sizes to raise awareness of heart disease and congenital heart defects. The hats are donated to mother/baby units and to neonatal units so both newborn and preemie sizes are needed.
Luba’s Blankets collects and distributes many types of knitted/crocheted items. They currently would like to receive more knitted/crocheted rectangles to assemble into blankets. The rectangles need to be 100% Acrylic/Worsted Weight and be knitted with a 7 needle or crocheted with a G hook. Cast on 35 if knitting or chain 30 if crocheting.
Mother Bear Project
The Mother Bear Project is dedicated to providing comfort and hope to children affected by HIV/AIDS in emerging nations, by giving them a gift of love in the form of a hand-knit or crocheted bear.
Newborns In Need
Newborns In Need provides care care necessities to agencies and hospitals serving premature, ill, or impoverished newborns. Newborns In Need distributes items free of charge to babies in the United States.
Project Linus is a non-profit organization with chapters in most states. The mission of the organization is to provide handmade blankets to children in need. Blankets may be quilted, crocheted, or knitted.
Project Night Night
Project Night Night collects and distributes items for night night packages which include a blanket or quilt, stuffed toy, and age appropriate book inside a canvas tote. New handmade quilts and knitted or crocheted blankets are needed as are books and stuffed toys. Read the guidelines at this page.
Quilts Beyond Borders
Distributes quilts to underserved children around the world…predominantly through orphanages.
Quilts For Kids
Is an organization with local chapters which focus on transforming fabric into quilts for children facing abuse and serious illness.
Red Scarf Project
This organization provides knitted or crocheted red scarves to college students who have aged out of the foster care system. Scarves should be red–but can be any shade of red. They should be about 60″ long and 5 to 8 inches wide.
Sacred Shawl Society
The Sacred Shawl Society is a domestic violence center on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The needs on the reservation are always extensive, but there is an immediate need for warm quilts, blankets, and afghans. These can be donated directly to the Sacred Shawl Society. Join Sew For Kids Volunteers and visit the files section for the mailing address for this organization.
Sew For Kids Volunteers
Sew For Kids Volunteers is an active Facebook group dedicated to sewing, knitting, crocheting, crafting and purchasing items needed by children on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. This is an inspiring group which includes a lot of interaction and encouragement. It’s one of my personal favorite groups for donation crafting.
Sew Much Love
Sew Much Love is Facebook group focused on helping children in need through various organizations in the US and abroad. Members of the group donate through a variety of organizations and share the items they are making as well as the places they are donating it. This is one of my favorite sewing/quilting for donation groups.
Perhaps you’ve seen other organizations that collect and distribute cloth sanitary pads to Africa and elsewhere. This group collects donations of handmade, cute purses which are then distributed to young girls so that they have a purse to carry their sanitary pads in.
Sunshine Quilt Guild
Donates quilts through two organizations Wrap A Smile which distributes quilts to those undergoing cleft palate surgery and Quilts Beyond Borders which distributes quilts to underserved children around the world. I’ve been a member of this group for a long time and it remains a favorite.
USC Norris Cancer Center
The USC Norris Cancer Center gives each person who is passing a quilt to comfort them during their final days. When the person passes the quilt is passed on to the family who gets to keep the quilt. My contacts report that the cancer center is always needing quilts. They like throw sized quilts between 42-50 inches wide by 45-60 inches long. Contact Priscilla Marin – Priscilla dot Marin at med dot usc dot edu (this is an email address) for information on where to send/deliver your quilts. They suggest avoiding blue themed quilts since blue is the color of USC’s rival UCLA.
Warm The Homeless
Warm The Homeless provides warmth to people in need through hand made blankets. Knit, crocheted, or quilted items are welcome. Hats, scarves, and mittens are also welcome.
Warm Up America
Warm Up America collects and distributes complete afghans or baby blankets, mittens, hats, scarves and 7×9 rectangles to be joined together to form afghans. Items are donated broadly to women’s shelters, nursing homes, children’s hospitals, hospitals and hospices, daycare centers, veterans homes, churches, AIDS facilities, homeless shelters and American Red Cross Chapters.
Wildlife Rescue Nests
This organization provides patterns and instructions for making nests for use in wildlife rehab centers. A list of wildlife rehabbers in need of knitted or crocheted nests is also provided.
Wrap A Smile
Distributes quilts to those undergoing cleft palate surgery.
Wrap Them In Love
Wrap Them In Love collects donated quilts and distributes them to children in need around the globe. They accept complete quilts, quilt blocks, or even just fabric or batting.
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