Keeping precious heads warm

Save the Children has just launched the Caps for Good initiative. They are collecting small handmade hats to help keep low-birthweight babies warm during their first few weeks of life. These caps will be delivered through Save the Children’s newborn health programs in Indonesia, Mali and Guatemala.

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in the US.  Ronda’s Closet, a clothing store in San Diego, California is hosting an event on September 22nd to raise funds for Tête-à-Tête Hats.  Tête-à-Tête Hats was founded by students of a local school with the goal of providing handmade hats to patients, hospitalized infants and children, and others in need of head coverings.

Seasalt, a clothing company based in Cornwall, UK, has kicked off their annual Go Knit! campaign. Go Knit! asks knitters to knit decorations which are sold in Seasalt stores and online, with all proceeds going to the Alzheimer’s Society. Knitters of all levels are encouraged to participate, and all decorations are welcomes – in all manner of sizes, colors and yarns. Each year, a different charity is chosen, and in previous years thousands of pounds have been raised and donated.

Kim Werker is hosting a fundraising contest to support the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research. Donate and be entered for a chance to win yarn, fibre and other knitterly goodies generous donated by friends of Kim.

And the Big Knit program in the UK is seeking volunteers to knit little hats for a fundraising program at Sainsbury’s supermarkets. The hats will be put on top of smoothie bottles, and for each one sold, money will be donated to programs to support the elderly. More details here and pattern here.

If you’re interested in knitting for charity, the Interweave Knits website has a good list of international organizations that accept knitted goods. And if you’re cleaning out your stash, many schools, retirement homes and care facilities take donations.  Do call any organization before you donate to get details on what they want.

Many cities have programs like Toronto’s StreetKnit, that accepts donations of knitted good to distribute to the homeless to keep them warm through the winter. New York has Hats for the Homeless. Your local yarn shop may well know of an organization in your area.

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5 Responses to WWW: Good causes

  1. Seanna Lea says:

    I used to knit for Dulaan, and I have to admit that I miss knitting for charity. It was a great way to explore a new yarn, or a new pattern without needing to worry about whether or not it was going to be sneered at by the recipient.

    I cannot emphasize this enough. Follow the requirements and only send things that you would be willing to wear or to give away to your mother.

  2. […] 15, 2010 by Britex Fabrics Kate from Knitty has compiled a handful of non-profit organizations that needs hand-knitted items, and the generous folks at InterweaveKnits have posted another […]

  3. turtle says:

    we have quite a few knitting charities we support in our community. It is wonderful the giving knitters do!

  4. CG says:

    Also check with your local children’s hospital! Most of them don’t have formal organizations, but they take hats (for preemies) and blanket (for all kids). Happy knitting!

  5. Rami says:

    Thank you for the wonderful reminder! My son was premature (2 months!) and one of the most tenderly kind and touching parts of that frightening experience was the gift of tiny, beautiful, handknit hats he was provided with by women I never met. He is 16 now, and perfect, and it is time for me to return the kindness!

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