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