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Where can I donate crocheted or knitted items for abused children?

Embracing Hope Project

In the United States, child abuse occurs approximately every ten seconds, and approximately five children die as a result of child abuse each day. The goal of the Embracing Hope Project is to provide children, who are victims of child abuse and dealing with trauma, a stuffed bear as a symbol of HOPE. The bears are crocheted or knitted by individuals in several different countries and donated to the children through emergency response teams and family resource centers.

The group accepts any animal or doll, as long as they are hand-made and crocheted or knitted. The project does not require money donations; however, they do accept donations of yarn, ribbon and stuffing. If you know how to crochet or knit and are interested in donating a stuffed animal, more information and patterns for the bears can be found on the Embracing Hope Project website at or for updates, information and pictures visit their Facebook Fan page at


afghans for Afghans

You've got to love a charity that has a simple mission. In this case, a group of crocheters inspired by Red Cross volunteers who made items for soldiers and refugees during World Wars I and II are making afghans for Afghans. They have set up 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. You can see some of the beautiful items they've already made and donated on their website at


Sunshine Blankets for the Elderly

Got some extra yarn that you're itching to use up? Then, make some crocheted squares and donate them to SIBOL, Sunshine International Blankets of Love.

SIBOL creator Sue Twins set up this knitting and crochet group recently to encourage all from around the world to assist her in making and sharing beautiful handmade blankets with elderly residents of nursing homes and hospitals. Visit the site to get more details on how you can get involved!


Planet Blanket

The next time you are making a granny square blanket, make a few extra squares and send them to Jenn for her worldwide blanket project! You can read all about her plan to collect signature granny squares from all over the world to join together into one awesome blanket at her blog at


The Spirit of Giving

Crocheters are such a giving bunch! It's amazing all of the charitable crochet projects one can find out there on the internet, just by typing in "crochet charity". I want to use this category to post some of the wonderful projects out there, and I hope you will leave me comments on the projects you find that you'd like for me to highlight!


Stitch Red is a is a national heart disease awareness campaign supported by the Needlearts Industry, drawing attention to heart disease, the #1 killer of women in the United States.

Yarn and implements manufacturers and designers of crochet and knit items are creating and selling special Stitch Red products to raise funds for the cause. Please visit the site to participate today!


The Pebbles Project

Chrissie Sherwood runs a fair-trade online craft shop, but she does so much more! She's also started the Pebbles Project as an additional way to help the disadvantage children of South Africa. You can help by sending in handmade hats, mittens, and scarves to keep the kids warm during what can be quite harsh winters. For more information, visit


Cleaning out the Stash

The next time you are cleaning through your yarn stash and trying to figure out what to do with the leftovers or full skeins you know you're not going to use, consider donating them! There's a great group in Colorado seeking soft yarns to make hats for cancer patients ( and another one in New York looking for full skeins with which to make blankets (

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