5 Charities Using Knitting to Make A Change - Patty Lyons | Knitting Teacher
5 Charities Using Knitting to Make A Change

5 Charities Using Knitting to Make A Change

Our community never ceases to amaze me! If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, you’ll see I love to share positive stories of knitters and crocheters coming together to create change in their lives or the lives of others. Whether it’s knitting little hats for premature babies, mats for animals in shelters, or even beautifying spaces through yarnbombing, there’s always an opportunity to do something wonderful with yarn. We love knitting, and we love giving back, so here is a way to combine them!

Are you interested in crafting a project to help someone or an animal in need? Here are 5 charities that use knitting to make the world a better place.

The Mother Bear Project

Every child deserves a teddy bear, and The Mother Bear Project is making sure tons of children do! The Mother Bear Project mission is to provide hope and comfort to children impacted by HIV/AIDS in emerging nations, by giving them a gift of love in the form of a hand-knitted or crocheted bear. Each gifted hand-knitted bear has a tag signed by the knitter with the message that they are unconditionally loved. 

Knitted Knockers

Knitted KnockersFor those who have battled with breast cancer, Knitted Knockers has helped countless women establish newfound confidence. Knitted Knockers provides knitted prosthetic to women who have had a mastectomy. Knitted Knockers are when placed in a bra has the shape and feel of a real breast.

These are some great organizations spreading the love of knitting, with a cause. And remember, you can always give back by gifting a project that you made with love to someone you know or who may have helped you out during a time of need.

The Snuggles Project

The Snuggles Project

Even our furry loved ones deserve a nice knit. The Snuggles Project is making waves in the knitting and charity community with handmade knits (Snuggles) for animals. After being given a Snuggle, a frightened and/or difficult to handle animal is able to become calm. The Snuggles also provides a more homey environment for our furry loved ones.                            

Warm Up America

Warm Up America

Warm Up America is a foundation that was founded by Evie Rose in 1992. They are committed to motivating, training and coordinating volunteers to knit and crochet afghans and clothing for people in need. Warm Up America ships afghans to various charitable organizations and agencies for distribution to the homeless and those in need.

Knots of Love

Knots of Love

Knots of Love is another amazing knitting charity, with volunteers that hand-knit and crochet caps for those struggling with treatment-induced hair loss, as well as tiny neonatal blankets for fragile newborns in incubators. The mission of Knots of Love is to remind the patient and their loved ones that they are not alone. All handmade creations are distributed free of charge to hospitals and treatment centers throughout the country.

 

Do you have a favorite charity? Leave me a comment and let me know.


Now, if you’re like most of us and like to have plenty of projects going on at once, don’t forget that you can also join our 9th knit along, The Hudson Valley Cardi KAL. This will be a great sweater to usher you into Fall. An astounding 5,300 knitters have participated in the last 8 KALs. Don’t forget, you can join at any time!  

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8 comments

  • Diane July 20, 2019   Reply →

    Thank you for showcasing community knitting. I have knitted with the Mother Bear Project for 14 years and love the people who make bears. Each one is an extraordinary human. Knitted Knockers is another group I knit for, and have been able to make Knockers for friends as well as the greater community. Change someone’s life by knitting! Use your Superpower for good!

    • Alane July 23, 2019   Reply →

      Yay! Me, too!

  • Willempje Maldonado July 23, 2019   Reply →

    Warm up America, Special Olympics , Lap blankets for people at the Veterans hospital.

  • Margaret Norton July 23, 2019   Reply →

    Operation Gratitude! They prepare care packages for deployed soldiers, hospitalized soldiers, and first responders, and include a hand-knitted or hand-crocheted scarf in every package.

  • Robin Gable July 30, 2019   Reply →

    Comfort for Critters out of Glen Ellyn, IL sends donated hand crafted blankets and toys to 200 shelters across the U.S. and they currently list that over 81,000 blankets have been donated as of July 2019.
    https://www.comfortforcritters.org/?fbclid=IwAR3OZvAPdAIJR7mAjboOXGXNl0gmF4SeGFNDseUPApYEAOeyqcF7FsJYXAc

  • SARAH GILBERT July 30, 2019   Reply →

    Bridget’s Cradles, cradles for stillborn babies, welcomes knitters and crocheters. https://www.bridgetscradles.com/

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