Charity

Crocheting for charity is one of the most rewarding things that many crocheters take part in. I am always inspired by those who choose to donate their crocheted creations to charity and therefore, I encourage others to do the same. By crocheting for charity, we can help many people in need of clothing, blankets, love and support. In addition, many if not most charities are a 501(c) (3), meaning that your donation is tax deductible. But better yet, you get the satisfaction that you are making the world a better place one crocheted item at a time.

Here is a list of charities to help you get started. Please visit the sites to learn more about each charity and I encourage you to get involved. If there is a charity that is not listed, which accepts crocheted donations, please share this charity with everyone by contacting me at [email protected].

List of Charities

afghans for Afghans
“afghans for Afghans is a humanitarian and educational people-to-people project that sends hand-knit and crocheted blankets and sweaters, vests, hats, mittens, and socks to the beleaguered people of Afghanistan.”

Algerian Action
“Algerian Action is a small project which helps to support needy babies and children in Algeria by providing them with clothing, toys and other essentials.”

Angels for Hope
“Angels for Hope is a nonprofit organization that offers free crocheted angels for anyone in need of hope. We attach a small card to the Angel to say to an injured or ill person, you are not alone, others do care, and you are in our thoughts and prayers.”

Aubrey’s Angels
“Aubrey’s Angels is non profit, charitable group, in San Antonio built of love, to help meet the very special needs of precious sick babies whose parents are in need of help. We want to help by crocheting, sewing, knitting, and quilting hats, booties, afghans, mitts, angel layettes (burial layettes), diaper shirts, etc. We also make afghans and lap blankets for chemo and dialysis patients in San Antonio.”

Binky Patrol
“All volunteer, national, non-profit organization making and distributing homemade blankets to children born HIV+, drug-addicted, infected with AIDS or other chronic & terminal illnesses, those who are abused, in foster care or experiencing trauma of any kind.”

Blankets for Deployed Daddies
“The Blankets for Deployed Daddies program is donating baby blankets to soldiers deployed when their babies are born.”

Blankets for the Gulf
Delivering hand-made blankets to the victims of the 2005 Hurricanes – Rita and Katrina.

Bundles of Love
“Every 3 hours, a baby in Minnesota goes home with a free bundle of 25 items produced by Bundles Of Love. Without this bundle, the baby would have nothing – no clothing, no bedding, no diaper bag. The parents frequently are unable to provide these basic needs and our volunteers have come forward to help.”

Care Wear
“Care Wear is a nationwide group of volunteers who knit, crochet, and/or sew, providing handmade baby items to hospitals. All Care Wear items are given free to infants, children and their parents.”

Compassionate Creations
“We make scarves, wristbands and lapsquares (mini-lapghans) for survivors of sexual and domestic abuse.”

Daiseys and Cubs
“We are a non profit organization in Colorado that donates baby blankets, afghans, lap blankets and other projects to homeless shelters, battered women’s shelters, foster children, pregnancy centers and much more.”

Embracing Hope Project
“Embracing Hope’s goal is to crochet or knit a bear for the children who are victims of abuse and are dealing with trauma.”

Every Child Counts
“Our Mission is to serve children in need in our community through the provision of clothing, toys, books, and other items essential to a child’s well being. Every shirt, every diaper, every sock makes a difference to a child who doesn’t have anything.”

Forever Warm
“Forever Warm makes and donates baby blankets to hospitals and funeral homes for parents who have lost a baby due to miscarriage, stillbirth or death shortly after birth.”

From Ewe To You
“Organized by Hannah Moyles a 9th grader at Wake Forest-Rolesville High School in Wake Forest, North Carolina, the mission of  ‘From Ewe to You’ is to provide crocheted or knitted blankets, scarves, booties, and hats to the less fortunate in her community.”

Gifts for the Unborn
“Gifts for the Unborn offers small gifts to mothers when they first test positive in a crisis pregnancy. The special gift package consists of a newborn infant’s picture frame plus a care product (like a baby washcloth, bib, soap, lotion or shampoo) and a pair of baby booties or socks.”

God’s Tiny Angels
“God’s Tiny Angels accepts crochet, knit and sewn baby items for newborn and preemies. The items are donated to hospitals who are in need and cannot afford to send the babies home with anything. The Head of our Group Danette takes pictures of all our Donations and posts them so that we can all see them.”

Good Goes
“Good Goes is a Save the Children campaign to increase awareness about newborn and child survival. Good Goes is asking for knitted or crocheted baby hats for our Caps for Good initiative. Your handmade cap can help save a newborn in Africa, Asia and Latin America.”

Halos of Hope
“Halos of Hope is a registered 501c3 charitable foundation committed to providing hand-crafted hats and caps to those who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy or radiation treatments. Our 100% volunteer organization serves cancer centers, oncology offices and hospitals across our country providing comforting caps at no charge to their patients.”

Handmade with Love Especially for You
“We make and distribute comfort scarves to abused women. We tie each scarf with a ribbon and include a note signed by the maker. Often this is the first personal gift ever received by the recipient.”

Hat Box Foundation
“Similar to other cancer cap or chemo cap organizations, Hat Box foundation was established in the Winter of 2007 as a volunteer-based non-profit organization with a mission to make and distribute free hand-made hats to people fighting the tough battle against cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.”

Hats 4 The Homeless
“Hats for the Homeless grew out of the heart of one young man who cared about those less fortunate. Each year he would gather friends during the Holiday season and together they would roam the NYC streets giving hats, scarves and gloves to the homeless.”

Heart to Heart Angels
“My dream is to see that as many neonatal units as possible are supplied with “angel dresses”, so that no baby is handed to it’s Mom and Dad for their final goodbyes, dressed only in an undershirt and diaper. You can make a difference.”

Heavenly Angels in Need
“Heavenly Angels in Need offers many different kinds of help to babies, children and their families in need. We accept crocheted items of many kinds including baby hats, booties, and baby gowns and blankets.”

Hoffmann Hospice
“Hoffmann Hospice is a locally founded, non-profit hospice agency serving Kern County and the Antelope Valley. Renowned for its high standard of care and innovative services, Hoffmann cares for patients of all ages and illnesses.”

Holy Needles
“Holy Needles was created in March 2009 to produce beanies, blankets, and booties for the needy newborns in the Tucson area. Volunteers crochet, knit, quilt, and sew. Lessons in needle-crafting are provided to interested volunteers, free of charge. Holy Needles is in constant need of soft yarn to create the newborn beanies, blankets, and booties.”

Hugs 4 Heroes
“Scarves for homeless veterans: our mission is to provide as many homeless veterans as possible with a warm reminder that they are not forgotten.”

Infants Remembered In Silence, Inc.
“IRIS uses pastel colored knit and crochet blankets and hat/caps for burial and keepsakes for parents who have a child die during early pregnancy (miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, etc.) or from stillbirth, premature birth, birth defects, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), sudden unexplained death of a child (SUDC), illness, accidents, and all other type of infant and early childhood death.”

Javene’s Hats for Hope Initiative – Idaho
“We make hats, scarves, baby items, afghans, chemo hats, whatever someone would like to make or donate. We give them to organizations to hand out to those in need.”

Knit a Square
“Do you love crocheting and knitting for charity? Make and send an 8 x 8″ square and help keep an AIDS orphan warm.”

Knots of Love
“We are dedicated to creating hand-made and heart warming knitted and knotted (crocheted) caps for people in need of some 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.”

Love in the Language of Yarn (LILY)
Love in the Language of Yarn (LILY) is an organization that helps provide orphans and Syrian refugee children with a little warmth and comfort through knit and crochet hats, scarves, mittens, blankets, and much more. LILY prides itself on providing garments and blankets for those in need throughout the world.

Luba’s Blanket
“We are a charitable volunteer organization who understands that sometimes even the simplest gift is appreciated. Luba’s Blanket started as a call for help for the child victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.”

Marine Corps Kids
“Marine Corps Kids was founded in 2007. Donors send in hand-crafted baby items which we bundle into care packages and send to the newborns of deployed Marines, Sailors and Soldiers.”

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, Inc.
“Newborns in Need, Inc. (NIN) is a 501(c)3 charity organized to take care of sick and needy babies and their families; and in cases of crisis, to help where help is needed. Sew, crochet, knit or donate baby items to the chapter nearest you.”

Online Angels
“We make 6″ and 12″ knitted or crocheted squares and put them together as “Love-ghans” -lap robes or blankets – for those who have suffered tragedies, loss of loved one, severe illnesses, or someone who just need to be uplifted.”

Pink Slipper Project
“The Pink Slipper Project is an endeavor to warm the hearts and the toes of those who will spend this winter living in women’s and children’s shelters. We are going to provide hand-crafted slippers to as many of these women and children as possible.”

Project Linus
“Our volunteers, known as “blanketeers,” provide new, handmade, washable blankets to be given as gifts to seriously ill and traumatized children, ages 0-18. It is Project Linus’ policy to accept blankets of all sizes…”

Project Sweet Peas
“We are a nationwide network of parents who strive to provide comfort to families who have children in the intensive care unit by providing care packages. We except crochet donations of hats, mittens, booties/socks, baby blankets, etc.”

Scarves for the Special Olympics
“The idea for a scarf project resulted from an opportunity to provide a gift of welcome for the athletes of the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games held in Boise, Idaho.”

Sew Caring
“Sew Caring is a host of volunteers that sew, knit, crochet and quilt. Its primary focus is on needy children from birth to age five primarily in the Beltrami County, Minnesota area.”

SistersLuv Crafts Inc.
“We’re fun-loving caring sisters, bringing like-minded people together to make and collect items to assemble into gift packs for distribution to needy mothers of newborns and the elderly in the Tse Bonito and Gallup, NM and Window Rock, AZ areas.”

Snuggles Project
The Snuggles Project was founded by … Rae French … because of her heartfelt need to do something for the innocent victims who find themselves in animal shelters … So she got the idea of security blankets for shelter animals. The security blankets are called “Snuggles.”

Soldier’s Angels
“Soldiers’ Angels is a volunteer-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit with hundreds of thousands of volunteers providing aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, veterans and their families.”

Stitch for a Cause
“…we rely on donations to supply yarn, fabric and other materials for crafting. We … welcome contributions of handmade sweaters, hats, booties, or other items that would provide warmth and comfort to needy children…”

Stitches from the Heart
“Stitches from the Heart is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that sends handmade clothing, blankets, and love to premature babies all across the nation.”

Sunshine International Blankets of Love – SIBOL
“SIBOL is an online knitting and crocheting group with members all across the world. We make ‘Sunshine Blankets’ out of knitted and crocheted squares for the elderly in the UK.”

Tender Loving Care Ministries, Inc.
“TLC is a private, non-profit, 501 (c) 3 charitable organization whose primary mission is to spread the love of Jesus Christ by ministering to the clothing needs of poverty-stricken children of the mountains of Eastern Kentucky and other Appalachian areas.”

The Preemie Project
“The Preemie Project comforts premature and critically ill infants and their families at The University of Iowa Children’s Hospital by giving gifts of hats, booties and blankets…”

The Ships Project
“The Ships Project … sends handmade hats, slippers, cool-ties and cool-heads to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines deployed across the world…”

TLC for Angels
“WE service several hospitals a year to deliver donations of handmade items consisting of hats, booties, blankets, sweaters, buntings, take-me-home ensembles, toys, activity kits, bereavement gowns, etc. ”

Warm Hearts-Warm Babies
“We sew, knit, crochet, and quilt for premature infants and babies in need. We donate to hospitals, crisis pregnancy centers, shelters, law enforcement agencies, foster care, WIC offices, and individuals across much of the state of Colorado.”

Warm Up America
“Warm Up America! (WUA!) is an organization made up of volunteers who create handmade afghan blankets, clothing and accessories to help those in need. These items provide warmth and comfort to people who have lost their homes, fled abusive relations, or are being cared for in hospices, shelters, hospitals, and nursing home.”

Yarn Projects from the Heart
“Yarn Projects from the Heart, located in Pasadena, California, is a group of crocheters and knitters who love making things for others who are in need. We work on a handful of projects throughout the year, but mainly we make hats, scarves and kitty blankets.”