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Charity Programs -- Craft and Give

Updated on October 7, 2014

Craft and Donate to a Good Cause

Crafting is so much fun but sometimes we don't need all of the items we make. If you can whip out a hat or scarf in record time or are as slow as molasses but love making crafts, that's okay. There are charity programs that need handmade crafted goods.

This list of charities is by no means complete. I am listing some charity programs that accept crafted goods by crafting category. If you know of others, please let me know in the comments section at the end of this article. I'll be happy to add a link here so more people can learn about the organization and what they need.

If you dream big and want to help in a big way, read through some of these charities and see if one of these charities is right for you. You may find just the right fit. Or you may want to tackle an even bigger project and craft in a way that is new and helps even more people. Please let us know!

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A blanket made by a charity.
A blanket made by a charity.

Too Busy to Craft But Still Want to Help?

If you love the idea of crafting and donating finished items to a good cause but you're just too busy, that's okay. You're still a good person. There are several ways you can help out:

- Donate craft supplies you have but won't be using to a day care center, schools, or a retirement center for their craft projects.

- Donate craft supplies or gift cards usable at craft supply stores to an organization that makes items for charity. This is a great way to help out a cause you feel strongly about.

- Find a charity program listed below and organize a group of crafters to make items that are needed. If you don't craft or don't have time, just organizing this effort then collecting and mailing the completed items will go a long way toward helping those in need. Groups to consider might be a church group, co-workers, neighbors, or friends and family who are struggling.

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"Every good act is charity.

A man's true wealth hereafter is the good

that he does in this world to his fellows."

~ Moliere

From Brainy Quotes

Sewing Crafts to Donate - Sewing, Quilting

If you love to sew, consider donating some of your goods to charity.

Charity Programs for Yarn Crafters - Knitting, Crocheting

If you love knitting and crocheting but have run out of friends to give all the hats and scarves to that you make, fear not. Here are some great charities who can distribute your lovingly made items to those who truly need them.

Many of these charities provide a free pattern on their Web sites to get you started. It's a good idea to check out this information since you want to provide hand-crafted items that are truly needed.

An "Adopt Me Vest" in action!
An "Adopt Me Vest" in action!

Make Adopt Me Vests for Dogs

Dogs need a good home and this vest might do the trick!

Fellow Squidoo writer Veryire has developed a pattern for Adopt Me Vests for Dogs. Check out her lens to read all about how you can purchase a PDF pattern and begin helping shelter dogs in your area.

The vest is worn by dogs at adoption or awareness events or when volunteers take shelter dogs for walks. There are pouches for donations too. So cool!

Photo Credit: Veryirie

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 5 years ago from Northern California

      Knew someone had some charity crafty lenses. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hello from Enchanted Makeovers! Thank you so much for sharing our sewing programs. I noticed our web site link was out. Here's the new link Blessings, Terry Grahl

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Wow! Thank you for featuring my adopt me dog vest pattern. You've given people lots of options on how to help charity programs whether they are craft-minded or not, charities are always in need of supplies. Giving is a GOOD thing! :)

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      Pam Irie 6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I'm all about helping the local Humane Society. I sew bandanas for the dogs, crochet cat toys and make cage quilts for the kitties. :) Crafting for charity is very satisfying. :)