Stitching for charity

Stitching for Charity

Now that we are all done with our Christmas projects (do I hear laughing?) some of us may be getting back to work on some charity projects that we had to place on the back burner for a little while. One of my personal favorites is my church’s women’s circle. We crochet prayer shawls, prayer squares, scarves, baby hats, and other items for those in need — residents of local nursing homes, the homeless, babies in local hospitals, and those who just need to know that someone cares for them.

In addition to local charitable stitching donations, you may also be interested in local and even global efforts that take finished crochet and cross stitch pieces for their various products. I am listing a few of which I’m aware, but please comment with any that you like so that others can learn about them. We don’t have to spend a lot of time with stitching floss or yarn to help someone feel a little better. 🙂

Cross Stitch

The Angel Quilt Project

smAQPLogo1I have drifted away the Angel Quilt Project, but was involved a few years back and stitched a few angels. The finishers take the stitched squares and finish them into lovely small blankets. When I was stitching for them, they were mainly creating blankets for premature babies in the hospital. The group has expanded to stitching items for children under the age of 16 in burn and cancer units around the world. If you are good with a sewing machine, you may be interested in becoming a finisher, or offering a machine-embroidered piece. The project was founded by James Farmer in 2000. I intend to stitch them a square sometime this year, since it’s been so long.

Love Quilts

LoveQuiltsFounded in 1999, Love Quilts is a group of cross stitchers who create quilts for children with life-threatening or life-long illnesses. These squares are only counted cross stitch, not stamped or machine-stitched. Each quilt has a theme to guide the stitchers in picking their patterns.

Crochet

Warm Up America

WarmUpAmericaWarm Up American has been distributing crocheted and knitted afghans to those in need since 1991. They accept both sections and completed afghans. They also accept other items that help keep people warm – hats, mittens, scarves, etc. They receive requests from a variety of social service agencies, including homeless shelters, women’s shelters, American Red Cross chapters, veterans homes, senior centers, and other organizations.

Hat Box Foundation

HatBoxHat Box Foundation was established in 2007 with a mission to make and distribute free knitted or crocheted hats to adults and children with cancer and others in need. Their motto is “something made from the heart can help heal the human spirit.”

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  1. Thank you so much for this post! I had no idea organizations like this existed. Even more reason to keep stitching. 🙂

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  2. You’re welcome! When I was working full-time with benefits, I used to take off 9/11 and MLK Day to work on charity stitching projects. It made me feel like I was doing something worthwhile on those days. Of course, I fit it into other days during the year, too.

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  3. I’m very slow and I’m just starting out with crocheting. But I send stuff to Stitches From The Heart in San Diego, CA. I’m still on Granny Squares and blankets.

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  4. Thanks for sharing about Stitches From The Heart. I will check it out.

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