Do you have a bunch of handmade items laying around that need a home? Or are you looking for a worthy cause to send your items to? If you don’t want to drop off items yourself, listed below are some crochet charity organizations that distribute items locally and globally for animals, children, and young adults. Some even accept money or supplies if you don’t have the time to make the items they need!
Sometimes charitable organizations are hard to find because many lists are outdated. This is a working document- if you know of organizations that accept donations that should be included, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to add it to this list!
1. Purple Stitch Project
Recipients: 1-20 years old
Where it goes: Currently distributed in Austin, TX, but anticipate going nationally
Ways to donate: Crochet, Knitting, Sewing
This site is devoted to Epilepsy Awareness “one stitch at a time.” The items should be predominately purple or have some kind of purple in it. I have a tutorial for an interlocking crochet scarf that would be great in shades of purple. Through collaboration with Craftsy, there are tons of free patterns to help you with ideas on what to make. If you choose to give things away on your own, take a picture and put it on Twitter with #purplestitchproject to show support!
2. Binky Patrol
Recipients: Newborn- 18 years old
Where it goes: Nationally distributed
Ways to donate: Crochet, Knitting, Sewing, and Supplies
Binky Patrol is a volunteer, non-profit organization that provides blankets to children and teenagers that are experiencing some sort of trauma (foster care, HIV, terminal illnesses, and others). They have chapters around the United States devoted to the cause. If you do not have the time to make a blanket, chapters list on the website what kind of supplies that they need, such as yarn, thread, and fabric.
3. Stitch for a Cause
Recipients: children and teenagers, and pets
Where it goes: animal shelters and needy children around the Louisville, KY area
Ways to donate: make something, send supplies, money
Stitch for a Cause is a community service project by Kentucky Country Day School. They have been doing this for several years, and send items to needy people in the Louisville area. They are in constant need of supplies!
4. Snuggles Project
Recipients: animal shelters
Where it goes: distributed globally
Ways to donate: make something, money
Ease a sheltered pet with a blanket to help with their anxiety of being in a new place and alone. This is a global organization. At the bottom of their website, there is a link for ways to donate, and you can choose a shelter in your area, or somewhere completely different. Animals need to be snuggled, too.
5. Warm Up America
Recipients: all ages
Where it goes: Distributed within the United States to hospitals and nursing homes
Ways to donate: Knit and Crochet items
Since 1992, Warm Up America distributes warm afghans, caps and other items to tens of thousands of people, thanks to the generosity of knitters and crocheters around the country. They are always in need of adult hats, scarves, baby hats and clothing, and afghans of all sizes.