Many of us have been blessed with creative talents. Whether you know it or not, your talents are meant to be shared. In between your personal projects, consider making something to donate from the ideas below.
Knit or Crochet Squares - They're rectangles actually - The Warm Up America Program collects these "squares" to create afghans. Completed afghans are then donated to burn out victims, the homeless and the Red Cross. For more information on this program, check out their website where they even list free patterns that are recommended for making the squares. You can send your squares to their headquarters in Georgia as well as drop them off to any Michael's Craft Store. If you are aware of other drop off points, please let us know by contacting us.
Caps For Good - Everyone is encouraged to either knit or crochet caps for newborns in third world countries. Go to Save The Children for an action kit that will explain how you can help and also provides free cap patterns for these underprivileged children. Their goal is 250,000 caps so please give them a hand.
Quilts - What a wonderful gift to give - many organizations like the Red Cross are collecting quilted blankets for those less fortunate. From Katrina victims to your local homeless shelter, they'll be happy to receive them.
Mittens, Hats & Scarves - The poorest of our society have a hard time keeping a roof over their heads, let alone have the money to buy some basic necessities of life. Consider making these items for adults as well as kids year 'round so that when the cold weather hits, you'll have a stockpile to give away.
Premie Caps & Baby Blankets - Almost every hospital gratefully accepts these handmade items for their newborns.
Sew Baby Burial Gowns - Heavenly Angels In Need wants those who can sew to make these gowns for babies out of donated wedding dresses to comfort their families at a very difficult time.
Warming Families.Org - Helping families - one donated handmade item at a time.
The Daily Crocheter & Bella Online - Each lists organizations that are soliciting everything from crocheting, knitting, sewing & quilting projects.
Project Linus - Accepts crocheted and knitted afghans and quilted blankets. Look up a chapter near you through their website.
Knit For Kids Program - Offered through Guideposts Magazine, knit and crochet sweaters for kids. Patterns are also available on their website.
Knit-Out - Based in Washington, DC, disregard that their website reflects 2005 events. Towards the bottom of their webpage are free patterns for different needed items to be crocheted or knitted.