A Caring World



Knit, Crochet, or Sew for People and Animals


Knitting, crocheting, or sewing items for charity is a wonderful way to show support for people who are going through tough times. Such people include those with serious illnesses, children in poverty, and premature babies who are trying to get healthy and strong. To help animals, scroll down toward the bottom. Take a look:


I- International

Dress a Girl Around the World
This is a religious agency that encourages the public to make dresses for needy girls in various countries by way of sewing. The agency applies their label to each dress the public makes. On their website, the following appears: "Please help protect us from predators by allowing us to wear a good quality dress with the Dress a Girl label on the outside. The label indicates that an organization is looking after us and just maybe a predator will pass us over!"


The Uthando Project
Sew, crochet, or knit dolls for children in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. The project states that "play may help a child better make sense of their emotions, which often leads to more settled behaviour and everyone in the family benefits," and that "a doll can become a companion of one's very own, someone to talk to and cuddle, a silent friend."

Note the agency is in Australia. If you are in the United States and you want to order from them, you have to contact the agency directly. You cannot order through the website. At first, the shipping fees may seem very high. However, compared to what's out there, their shipping fees are actually very low. Additionally, my shipping fee quote was in Australian dollars. Once I ordered it, the conversion to US dollars brought the shipping fee down substantially.


Dollies Without Borders
If you are living in the Gainesville, Florida area, you can utilize your sewing skills by joining a group that makes dolls for children living in different parts of the world. If you don't live in the Gainesville area, consider starting your own group.


Hearts in Unity
Sew schoolbags for the children of Tanzania. According to the agency, most children do not have schoolbags because the families simply cannot afford to buy them. If you are in the United States, you get to pay local postage on items you send, as all items are sent to their office in Wisconsin. The staff then brings the items over to Tanzania. Once you get to the homepage, click on the Help Educate the Children link. Then scroll down to the Sew School Bags link.


II- National (United States)

Angels for Hope
Crochet an angel, a butterfly, or a smile for someone who has a serious illness. The website states, "our butterfly and smiley face patterns are basic patterns using chains, double crochet, slip stitch type stitches. Our Angel pattern is a rather advanced pattern." If you have advanced skills, why not try making an angel?


Newborns in Need
Knit or crochet booties, toys, hats, and more for babies in poverty, or infants who are premature or sick. When you get to the page, go over to the Patterns link in the horizontal menu. There are lots of crochet patterns and many knitting patterns.


The Sleeping Bag Project
Use your sewing skills to make quilts and turn them into sleeping bags for homeless people.


Crochet for Cancer
Knit or crochet hats for people who loss their hair from chemotherapy treatments. The organization refers to these hats as chemo hats.


Quilts of Valor Foundation
Sew quilts for men and women who served in the war. The foundation states that their goal "is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor," and that creating these quilts for those who served "make a difference in the road to recovery."


Knots of Love
Crochet or knit hats for people with various illnesses, and/or blankets for premature babies. Knots of Love does not display patterns on their site, but there are various rules that must be followed. Make sure you carefully read info on the Get Involved page and the Approved Yarn List.


Help Animals

You can look at the opportunities these agencies have. You can also contact your local shelter to see if they accept blankets and toys (made by knitting, crocheting, or sewing (including quilting). If they do, find out the guidelines. "Avoid patterns with holes as they're not as comfortable or warm, and little paws can get tangled in them" (McKinnon , All Natural Pet Care, 2011).*

Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals
Use your sewing skills to make small comforters for animals and send them to a shelter in New York City.


The Snuggle Project
Knit or crochet a Snuggle for an animal living in a shelter. The site has an enormous directory of shelters around the world that you can donate a Sunggle to once it's made.


*All Natural Pet Care's homepage can be reached here.
Their info on knitting, crocheting, and sewing for animals, and free patterns can be found here.

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