Small ways to make a Big difference
This list will be updated regularly. Check back often for new opportunities & inspirations!
PICC Line Covers for Cystic Fibrosis
Solari Etc. is collecting handmade PICC Line covers for our local CFF (Cystic Fibrosis Foundation) chapter to distribute to their pediatric and adult patients. Every cover makes a difference. Pattern suggestions are available on our FB page. Thanks!
Afghans for Afghans
Afghans for Afghans is a humanitarian and educational people-to-people project that sends hand-knit and crocheted blankets and sweaters, vests, hats, mittens, and socks to the people of Afghanistan.
Algerian Action is a small project which helps to support needy babies and children in Algeria by providing them with clothing, toys and other essentials.
Aubrey’s Angels is non profit, charitable group, in San Antonio built of love, to help meet the very special needs of precious sick babies whose parents are in need of help. They help by crocheting, sewing, knitting, and quilting hats, booties, afghans, mitts, angel layettes (burial layettes), diaper shirts, etc. They also make afghans and lap blankets for chemo and dialysis patients in San Antonio.
All volunteer, national, non-profit organization making and distributing homemade blankets to children born HIV+, drug-addicted, infected with AIDS or other chronic & terminal illnesses, those who are abused, in foster care or experiencing trauma of any kind.
Blankets for Spinal Muscular Atrophy
The sole purpose of B4SMA is to provide love and blanket hugs to SMA children and their families. They accept fleece, flannel, and cotton print fabrics, as well as finished blankets (crocheted, knitted, tied, or quilted).
Bows & Ballcaps
Bows & Ballcaps works to collect new bows, ballcaps, headbands, and various other headwear and accessories, then distributes these items to kids with cancer through children’s hospitals, organizations or by sending them directly to the children. All gifts come with special words of encouragement from founder, Hannah Grubbs.
Bundles of Love
Every 3 hours, a baby in Minnesota goes home with a free bundle of 25 items produced by Bundles Of Love. Without this bundle, the baby would have nothing – no clothing, no bedding, no diaper bag. The parents frequently are unable to provide these basic needs and Bundles of Love volunteers have come forward to help.
Care Wear is a nationwide group of volunteers who knit, crochet, and/or sew, providing handmade baby items to hospitals. All Care Wear items are given free to infants, children and their parents.
Charity Crochet Exchange
Organization that donates crocheted items to various charities, across the US; from NICU babies and homeless shelters to national charities.
Make scarves, wristbands and lapsquares (mini-lapghans) for survivors of sexual and domestic abuse.
Embracing Hope Project
Embracing Hope’s goal is to crochet or knit a bear for the children who are victims of abuse and are dealing with trauma.
Emily’s Hats for Hope Initiative
We make, collect and donate winter hats, scarves, afghans & baby blankets to the homeless, working poor and others in need.
Forever Warm makes and donates baby blankets to hospitals and funeral homes for parents who have lost a baby due to miscarriage, stillbirth or death shortly after birth.
From Ewe To You
Organized by Hannah Moyles a 9th grader at Wake Forest-Rolesville High School in Wake Forest, North Carolina, the mission of ‘From Ewe to You’ is to provide crocheted or knitted blankets, scarves, booties, and hats to the less fortunate in her community.
Gifts for the Unborn
Gifts for the Unborn offers small gifts to mothers when they first test positive in a crisis pregnancy. The special gift package consists of a newborn infant’s picture frame plus a care product (like a baby washcloth, bib, soap, lotion or shampoo) and a pair of baby booties or socks.
God’s Tiny Angels
God’s Tiny Angels accepts crochet, knit and sewn baby items for newborn and preemies. The items are donated to hospitals who are in need and cannot afford to send the babies home with anything.
Halos of Hope
Halos of Hope is a registered 501c3 charitable foundation committed to providing hand-crafted hats and caps to those who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy or radiation treatments. The 100% volunteer organization serves cancer centers, oncology offices and hospitals across our country providing comforting caps at no charge to their patients.
Handmade with Love Especially for You
We make and distribute comfort scarves to abused women. We tie each scarf with a ribbon and include a note signed by the maker. Often this is the first personal gift ever received by the recipient.
Hat Box Foundation
Similar to other cancer cap or chemo cap organizations, Hat Box foundation was established in the Winter of 2007 as a volunteer-based non-profit organization with a mission to make and distribute free hand-made hats to people fighting the tough battle against cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.
Hats 4 The Homeless
Hats for the Homeless grew out of the heart of one young man who cared about those less fortunate. He passed suddenly in 1998. Each year during the Holiday season, his family and friends take hats, scarves and gloves to the homeless in NYC.
Heart to Heart Angels
“My dream is to see that as many neonatal units as possible are supplied with “angel dresses”, so that no baby is handed to it’s Mom and Dad for their final goodbyes, dressed only in an undershirt and diaper. You can make a difference.”
Heavenly Angels in Need
Heavenly Angels in Need offers many different kinds of help to babies, children and their families in need. They accept crocheted items of many kinds including baby hats, booties, baby gowns and blankets.
Hoffmann Hospice is a locally founded, non-profit hospice agency serving Kern County and the Antelope Valley. Renowned for its high standard of care and innovative services, Hoffmann cares for patients of all ages and illnesses.
Holy Needles was created in March 2009 to produce beanies, blankets, and booties for the needy newborns in the Tucson area. Volunteers crochet, knit, quilt, and sew. Lessons in needle-crafting are provided to interested volunteers, free of charge. Holy Needles is in constant need of soft yarn to create the newborn beanies, blankets, and booties.
Infants Remembered In Silence, Inc.
IRIS uses pastel colored knit and crochet blankets and hat/caps for burial and keepsakes for parents who have a child die during early pregnancy (miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, etc.) or from stillbirth, premature birth, birth defects, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), sudden unexplained death of a child (SUDC), illness, accidents, and all other type of infant and early childhood death.
Javene’s Hats for Hope Initiative – Idaho
Make hats, scarves, baby items, afghans, chemo hats, whatever someone would like to make or donate. We give them to organizations to hand out to those in need.
Knit a Square
Make and send an 8 x 8″ square and help warm an AIDS orphan in South Africa.
Knots of Love
Dedicated to creating hand-made and heart warming knitted and knotted (crocheted) caps for people in need of some kindness and love. All Knots-of-Love creations are given free of charge to people who are battling cancer or other life threatening illnesses or injuries.
Love in the Language of Yarn (LILY)
Love in the Language of Yarn (LILY) is an organization that helps provide orphans and Syrian refugee children with a little warmth and comfort through knit and crochet hats, scarves, mittens, blankets, and much more. LILY prides itself on providing garments and blankets for those in need throughout the world.
A charitable volunteer organization who understands that sometimes even the simplest gift is appreciated. Luba’s Blanket started as a call for help for the child victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Marine Corps Kids
Marine Corps Kids was founded in 2007. Donors send in hand-crafted baby items which are bundled into care packages and sent to the newborns of deployed Marines, Sailors and Soldiers.
Mother Bear Project
The Mother Bear Project is dedicated to providing comfort and hope to children affected by HIV/AIDS in emerging nations, by giving them a gift of love in the form of a hand-knit or crocheted bear.
Newborns in Need, Inc.
Newborns in Need, Inc. (NIN) is a 501(c)3 charity organized to take care of sick and needy babies and their families; and in cases of crisis, to help where help is needed. Sew, crochet, knit or donate baby items to the chapter nearest you.
Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep
NILMDTS is a non-profit agency whose mission is to provide support for parents and families in healing during their journey after the death of their baby. We deliver Remembrance Care Packages to Colorado hospitals for parents suffering from a pregnancy loss, stillbirth, neonatal loss, SIDS, or any type of infant loss. In addition to other types of support, these packages contain a handmade blanket and hat that the families can wrap their precious child in.
Make 6″ and 12” knitted or crocheted squares and they are put together as “Love-ghans” -lap robes or blankets – for those who have suffered tragedies, loss of loved one, severe illnesses, or someone who just need to be uplifted.
Peyton Heart Project
The Peyton Heart Project was created to raise awareness about suicide and bullying; and also to help end the stigma surrounding mental health issues. Handmade yarn hearts with inspiring quotes are left in public places around the world.
Pink Slipper Project
The Pink Slipper Project is an endeavor to warm the hearts and the toes of those who will spend this winter living in women’s and children’s shelters. They provide hand-crafted slippers to as many of these women and children as possible.
Volunteers, known as “blanketeers,” provide new, handmade, washable blankets to be given as gifts to seriously ill and traumatized children, ages 0-18. It is Project Linus’ policy to accept blankets of all sizes…
Project Sweet Peas
A nationwide network of parents who strive to provide comfort to families who have children in the intensive care unit by providing care packages. They accept crochet donations of hats, mittens, booties/socks, baby blankets, etc.
Scarves for the Special Olympics
Scarves, hats, and ear-warmers for SO athletes. Red Heart and the Special Olympics concluded the nationwide project in 2012. However, individual states have continued the program on their own. Check the site for colors and deadlines of each participating state.
Sew Caring is a host of volunteers that sew, knit, crochet and quilt. Its primary focus is on needy children from birth to age five primarily in the Beltrami County, Minnesota area.
SistersLuv Crafts Inc.
Fun-loving caring sisters, bringing like-minded people together to make and collect items to assemble into gift packs for distribution to needy mothers of newborns and the elderly in the Tse Bonito and Gallup, NM and Window Rock, AZ areas.
The Snuggles Project was founded by Rae French, because of her heartfelt need to do something for the innocent victims who find themselves in animal shelters … So she got the idea of security blankets for shelter animals. The security blankets are called “Snuggles.”
Soldiers’ Angels is a volunteer-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit with volunteers providing aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, veterans and their families.
Stitch for a Cause
“…we rely on donations to supply yarn, fabric and other materials for crafting. We … welcome contributions of handmade sweaters, hats, booties, or other items that would provide warmth and comfort to needy children…”
Stitches from the Heart
Stitches from the Heart is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that sends handmade clothing, blankets, and love to premature babies all across the nation.
Sunshine International Blankets of Love – SIBOL
SIBOL is an online knitting and crocheting group with members all across the world, that makes ‘Sunshine Blankets’ out of knitted and crocheted squares for the elderly in the UK.
Tender Loving Care Ministries, Inc.
TLC is a private, non-profit, 501 (c) 3 charitable organization whose primary mission is to spread the love of Jesus Christ by ministering to the clothing needs of poverty-stricken children in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky and other Appalachian areas.
The Preemie Project
The Preemie Project comforts premature and critically ill infants and their families at The University of Iowa Children’s Hospital by giving gifts of hats, booties and blankets…
The Ships Project
The Ships Project sends handmade hats, slippers, cool-ties and cool-heads to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines deployed across the world.
TLC for Angels
Delivers donations of handmade items consisting of hats, booties, blankets, sweaters, buntings, take-me-home ensembles, toys, activity kits, bereavement gowns, etc. to several hospitals each year.
Warm Hearts-Warm Babies
Sew, knit, crochet, and quilt for premature infants and babies in need. Donations go to hospitals, crisis pregnancy centers, shelters, law enforcement agencies, foster care, WIC offices, and individuals across much of the state of Colorado.
Warm Up America
Warm Up America! (WUA!) is an organization made up of volunteers who create handmade afghan blankets, clothing and accessories to help those in need. These items provide warmth and comfort to people who have lost their homes, fled abusive relations, or are being cared for in hospices, shelters, hospitals, and nursing homes.
We Give a Stitch
Makes blankets, hats, scarves and pillow cases for cancer centers, hospitals, shelters, homeless, hospice and where ever they are needed.
Yarn Projects from the Heart
Yarn Projects from the Heart, located in Pasadena, California, is a group of crocheters and knitters who love making things for others who are in need. They work on a handful of projects throughout the year, but mainly make hats, scarves and kitty blankets.