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Loom Knitting for Charity
Using the Knifty Knitter Looms to Knit for Charity
If you like to knit with the Knifty Knitter looms and you have a charitable heart, you can put both qualities together and do some good in the world! There are several charities that want your loom knitting. Are you excited to get started? Below you can learn more about 7 charities and find out how to get started knitting with them.
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The Mother Bear Project - Charity for Children Effected by AIDS
The mother bear project gives hope to children effected by AIDS. The bear you knit will be received by a child in an emerging nation. The bear may contain your own hand-written note for the child. To get started, you will pay a small fee for the bear pattern. This fee also pays for shipment of your bear overseas. If you choose to participate, you will find a pattern for the round looms listed on the pattern page under "Knitting in the Round." (It's the first option.) You can learn more about the Mother Bear Project at the website below.
The Special Olympics Scarf Project
Help a Special Athlete Stay Warm and Enjoy the Olympics
This is a charity that is very near and dear to my heart, as I know many children that participate in the Special Olympics. Often, these athletes wouldn't get an opportunity to participate in athletic competitions, were it not for the Special Olympics. You can help keep the athletes warm by knitting them a scarf. Each year the official colors change, so it is important to consult the website. Deadlines for the scarves vary by state, but generally run between January 1st and March 1st. If you have missed the deadline for this year's Scarf Project, don't forget to bookmark the page and check back next year.
***Unfortunately, the Project has been discontinued for 2013. You can still contact your local Special Olympics Office to see if they would like to accept your donation for their athletes.***
Official Yarn Colors for the 2012 Special Olympics
These are the official yarn colors that are to be used in knitting a scarf for the 2012 Special Olympics. The official length should be between 54 and 60 inches. The width should be 6 inches.
Heart Scarves for WomenHeart
A Charity for Women with Heart Disease
For each scarf kit you purchase, $3.00 is donated to the charity. In addition, the scarf that you make with the kit goes to a woman who has survived heart disease. Get involved and let them know that you care.
Hats for the Homeless - Knifty Knitter Hats to Keep the Homeless Warm
You can make hats for the homeless. Keep someone in need warm next winter with your charitable contribution. You can find information about where to send you hats on the official "Hats for the Homeless" website, or simply donate them to a local shelter. The Hats for the Homeless project was initially started by a young man who passed away in 1998. His legacy of collecting hats to keep the homeless warm lives on through this organization.
Emily's Hats for Hope - Loom Knitting Charity to Help the Homeless and Impoverished
Emily's Hats for Hope Initiative was started by Emily, a high school student with a big heart. They make and collect winter hats, scarves, afghans and gloves for the homeless, and working poor, worldwide. They operate primarily in the United States. All knit items are given as donations, free of charge to those who need them.
A Prayer Shawl
Comfort Someone You Love with a Prayer Shawl
If someone that you know is in need, or you simply want to show them how much you care, you can knit them a prayer shawl. Prayer shawls begin and end with special thoughts and prayers for the recipient. The shawl is a symbol of comfort and nurturing. The positive thoughts continued throughout the making of the shawl brings increased meaning and importance to the gift. Find out more on the official website.
Knit Charity Squares
So, you've heard about knit charity hats, but have you heard about knit charity squares? KasCare "knit a square" is a project that uses 8 inch crocheted or knitted squares to provide blankets to orphans that also have AIDS.
Knitting for Charity
If you enjoyed this page, you will also enjoy this book from Amazon.com. It features specific patterns that can be knitted for charity.
In addition to the charities above, nursing homes, hospitals, and homeless shelters are often grateful for loom knitted items. Newborn hats are popular at children's hospitals. Lap blankets are often appreciated at nursing homes.
Pick Your Favorite Charity
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What is your favorite charity?
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