Crafting for a Cause

I learned to sew and quilt as an adult. I watched You Tube videos, joined Instagram, participated in a few quilt-alongs, and attended my local guild despite being the youngest person in the room and needing a babysitter to help me get out of the house. Immediately, I found a sense of belonging and community. I have built my stash with the help of many friends, have swapped my creations with complete strangers, and mailed packages to people I know I’ll never meet in person. As technology and resources bring us together, I also felt the push to share beyond the quilting community. Hands-down the most rewarding connection I’ve made is finding outlets for donation. And, quilters are amazingly generous people! Without much fanfare, I see quilts donated immediately following disasters and grieving families. A call for blocks or supplies doesn’t take long to be answered!

Today I want to share links to some ongoing, organized ways to get involved. I’m based in the USA so most of these will be US-based as well. But, make sure to look around your local area for more opportunities! Also, be sure to carefully read each organization’s requirements before diving in.

For Kids

Project Linus: finished blankets. Check local chapter for needs and guidelines.

Quilts Beyond Borders: finished quilts of all sizes

Ryan’s Case for Smiles: sewn pillowcases for kids in hospitals

Stuffed Animals for Emergencies: Hand sewn or bought stuffed animals

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For Cancer and Hospital Patients

Knots of Love: knit and crocheted hats

Chemo Caps: knit, crocheted, and sewn hats and scarves

Look Good Feel Better: any type of finished head covering including used hats and scarves

For Veterans

Quilts of Valor: Patriotic-themed quilts. See website for guidelines.

Quilts of Honor: Patriotic-themed quilts. See website for guidelines.

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For Victims of Human Trafficking

A21: Finished bedding of all sizes

For the Homeless

Bags to Beds: Use plastic bags to make “plarn” and crochet sleeping mats for the homeless

Hooking for the Homeless: Use plastic bags to make “plarn” and crochet sleeping mats for the homeless

Plarn tutorial here.

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For Animals

Snuggles Project: Crocheted, Knit, Sewn, or fleece-tied sleeping mats for animal rescue shelters

SPCA International: Sleeping mats, cloth diapers, toys for rescued animals. Check your local chapter for needs and donation guidelines.

Join the Snuggles Project

Additional Ideas

Post directly: Freecycle Network, Craigslist, Facebook Relocation Station Group (no sales!)

Look for community fundraisers from 4H, Salvation Army, United Way etc.

Local schools, churches, Girl Scout troops, nursing homes, homeless shelters, prisons

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