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Charities that Accept Crochet Donations
People who crochet don’t just crochet one or two items and then stop. True crocheters are constantly making something new. They eventually run out of room in their homes for their crochet creations. That’s when they start crocheting for their friends and family members and friends of friends and anyone else that they can think of who might accept and adore a handmade item that has been crocheted with them in mind. Eventually they stop trying to give their handmade items to those people, too, though. You can only give a friend so many crochet sweaters before she tells you that enough is enough. So what then? The next step in the crochet commitment is to begin crocheting items for charity.
Specific Crochet Charity Projects
If you are just learning to crochet for charity for the first time then you might want to start by working on a crochet project that is specifically seeking crochet items for charity. These projects provide you with instructions as to what you should crochet and how to do it. This gives a structure to your crochet for charity work and makes it easier to figure out what you’re doing.
Some ongoing crochet charity projects that you might want to consider include:
o Project Linus. This organization describes their mission as: “to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer ‘blanketeers’.” You can follow the guidelines to create your own crochet blanket for donation. Alternatively you can join in on one of the many group projects and crochet-a-longs that people are doing to support this terrific organization. Check the website and also check out the forums on crochet social networking site Ravelry to find a way to participate in crocheting for this charity.
o Scarves for Special Olympics. Every year each state chapter of the Special Olympics accepts scarves that are crocheted specifically for the participants to wear at the opening ceremony events. There are guidelines regarding the colors and yarn to use and the general size of the scarf but the design is pretty much up to you. There is a deadline each year so this is an ongoing project but it does have a limited time span each year during which you can participate.
o From Ewe to You. What a cute name for a good project. This is a project started by an individual who is seeing crochet blankets, scarves, hats and booties for “the less fortunate” as well as for patients in hospitals. Donations are accepted all year round although they are most needed during the winter months.
o Bridge and Beyond. This organization accepts crocheted hats, scarves, mittens and slippers to provide warmth to Ohio’s Bridge people (homeless people living outdoors) as well as to women and children living in temporary housing or shelters for victims of abuse. They also accept donations all year round.
o Forever Warm. This is an organization that tries to help grieving parents who are suffering from the loss of a stillborn child. They accept crocheted blankets to wrap the baby in for burial. This is an intense cause but a good one that will hit home for many crocheters. They accept donations all year long but have specific “current needs” that you can check out on their website.
These are just a few of the charities that accept crochet donations on an ongoing basis. Crochet ‘n More has a great roundup of projects including these that accept crochet for charity through specific projects.
Crocheting for Non-Specific Projects
You don’t actually have to participate in an established crochet for charity project in order to donate crocheted items to charity. You can always just do something on your own with the items that you want to crochet. You can even donate the crochet items that you’ve already made and just don’t have a place for anymore.
Some leading ideas for people who want to crochet whatever their hearts desire and then donate to charity include:
o Donate your items to Goodwill or Salvation Army. The most common places where you typically donate your gently used goods are also great places to donate crocheted items. They will be sold at a low cost to people who desire them.
o Donate a set of items to a local hospital. People in hospitals are regularly in need of comfort and nothing says comfort like a handmade blanket, scarf, hat or accessory. Make a set of whatever you fancy and then contact the local hospital to find out how to make a donation. Alternatively you may be able to crochet a few items to be placed in the hospital’s gift shop and the proceeds will go to help the hospital.
o Choose a local children’s organization. Contact a local school, foster care agency, children’s hospital or other kids’ organization and ask them about how to make a donation. Follow their guidelines to create your crochet for charity donation.
o Sell your items and use the money to make a donation. You can sell crocheted items on eBay, Etsy and at local craft stores. You might even just host a one day sale at your house, using your social networking contacts to let people know that you’re doing a sale for charity. Donate all of the proceeds to a charity of your choosing. This way people who truly want your handmade items will get them and your money will go to support a cause that matters to you.
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