Paying it forward a stitch at a time.
I recently asked this question of my testing group and also on my facebook page: "What are some things we can do with crocheting to benefit others?" It could be a "pay it forward" kind of thing or a charity. Here is a list of some of the things we came up with.
Beanies for Soldiers: http://snappytots.webs.com/bfb
Scarves left anonymously for people in need: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/01/21/free-scarves-ottawa_n_4637385.html?just_reloaded=1
Project Linus: Every child gets a blanket when in the hospital. http://www.projectlinus.org/
Crochet for Cancer: Donate hats to cancer centers. http://www.crochetforcancer.org/
Pink Slipper Project: Provides warm handmade slippers to women and children living in shelters. https://www.facebook.com/ThePinkSlipperProject
2014 Special Olympics Scarf Project: http://colouringwithyarn.wordpress.com/2013/03/05/2014-special-olympics-scarf-project/
Operation Christmas Child: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/
Angels for Hope: Non-profit organization that sends crocheted angels to those who need a special lift. http://www.angelsforhope.org/
Angels for Nursing Homes: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AngelsforNursingHomes/
Knit A Square: Knit or crochet a 8" x 8" square to be donated and made into a blanket for a vulnerable or orphaned child in Africa. http://www.knit-a-square.com/
Afghans for Angels: http://www.angelfire.com/ia2/AforApage2/index.html
Other ideas for local donations:
- Donate blankets to battered women shelters, homeless shelters, foster care, etc.
- Baby booties, socks, bibs, hats, other baby items for crisis pregnancy centers.
- Donate blankets or lap throws to nursing home residents, lap throws for dementia units, lap afghans to veterans in hospitals.
- Homeless people that you see asking for help - keep extra hats in the car ready to donate when needed.
- Hats and scarves for the homeless veterans.
- Blankets for the elderly at Christmas.
- Donate blankets for local animal shelters.
- Crochet nests for local SPCA. http://vbspcawildlife.com/node/105
- Donate preemie hats to your local NICU.
- Memory blankets, memory kits for still births, miscarriages. See "Afghans for Angels" above.
- Crochet breasts for women who can not afford prosthetics: http://crochet-with-cris.blogspot.com/2012/01/faux-boob-breast-prothesis-pattern.html
- Police officers will often carry things like stuffed animals, hats, and blankets for when they have to remove children from their homes. Ask if they will accept donations.
- Low income schools can often use donations like hats and scarves for the children. These would often come out of the teachers' pockets otherwise.
- Food banks. Some collect hats, gloves, and scarves along with food donations to put in their Christmas baskets.
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