Sunday, July 29, 2007

Fiber Charities

Knowing the generous of fiber artists, I've compiled a list of charities that are in need of yarn, needles and finished products such as hats, scarves, etc... If you know of a charity I can include, please let me know. I want this to be the biggest list on the internet. Please note that I don't personally know all these (except for the Knit Wits of Georgia and the Knit Your Bit) so investigate the charity before committing your resources. While I'm sure the non-profits listed are legit, I don't want anyone "taken". Also feel free to suggest local charities that need our help.

Knit Wits of Georgia: My very own personal favorite. We are under the umbrella of Barrow County Family Connection which faciliates collaboration of the non-profits, businesses, and government to provide higher quality services to the children and families of Barrow County. I teach knitting in the after school program to fifth graders free of charge. I also supply needles and yarn. We also accept yarn so we can make scarves and hats to distribute to the Soldier's Connection in Loganville, GA. Also if you'd like to donate to the Knit Wits of Georgia, please let me know. I can take paypal.

The Ghana Project: Collecting already knit (or crocheted) 7 inch x 7 inch squares to complete afghans for severely deformed children in Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Ethiopia. Deadline, at this time, is November (see blog).

Head Huggers: They accept knit, crochet and sewed hats for chemo patients.

Knit Your Bit: Sponsored by the WWII museum, scarves are sent in by fiber groups and distributed to our military veterans in VA hospitals, VFW, American Legion, etc.

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.

Caps to the Capital: Knitters and crocheters e-mailed and called Save the Children, asking what they could do to help newborns in need. As a result of their enthusiasm, Save the Children partnered with the Warm Up America! Foundation in July 2006 to launch Knitters and Crocheters for Newborns: Caps to the Capital. These babies need more than caps, though. They need voices, too. The U.S. can lead the way in saving young lives by increasing funding for critical health measures such as antibiotics to fight infections, training for skilled birth attendants and immunizations against tetanus, for mothers and children in developing countries.

Afghans for Afghans: 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.

Project Linus: it is our mission 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."

1 comment:

Zara V. said...

Great Idea!