Crocheting, knitting, sewing…oh my!
If you enjoy crafting and would like to use your crafts to help others, here are 8 charities to get you started.
The Binky Patrol
What is a binky? A binky is a crocheted, knitted, sewn, or a quilted blanket. It can be as small as 2×2 or as large as a twin-size bed. The Binky Patrol donates to hospitals, homeless shelters, foster homes, etc. Don’t crochet, knit or sew? The Binky Patrol has instructions on how to make Fleece Tie Blankets. If you are interested in volunteering for the Binky Patrol, click here.
Care Wear is a nationwide group of volunteers who knit, crochet, and/or sew, providing handmade items directly to hospitals & social service agencies. All Care Wear items are distributed by hospital or agency staff [FREE] to patients of all ages. If you are interested in volunteering for Care Wear, click here.
Afghans for Afghans
This charity sends hand-knitted and crocheted blankets, sweaters, vests, hats, mittens, and socks to the people of Afghanistan. If you are interested in volunteering for this program, click here.
Project Linus is a non-profit organization that provides homemade blankets to children in need. They accept blankets lovingly made by adults and children from all walks of life and from many different sources. If you are interested in volunteering for this organization, click here.
Color a Smile
Want to get your children involved? Since 1990, Color a Smile has given out millions of cheerful drawings from children and adults to senior citizens. If you are interested in volunteering to color a smile, click here.
If you’re interested in giving back to Deployed U.S. Service Members, Veterans, First Responders, Recruit Graduates, Military Children, and Wounded Heroes and their Caregivers, check out Operation Gratitude. There are many ways to volunteer, including writing letters, sending cards, crocheting, knitting, sewing items, etc. You can volunteer for Operation Gratitude by clicking here.
The Soldiers’ Angels organization provides aid and comfort to our troops, wounded heroes, veterans, and their families. Unique volunteer opportunities, such as sewing and baking, as well as in-person events like food distributions, mean that there are volunteer opportunities to match every personality, availability, and ability. If you are interested in volunteering, click here.
Cards for Kindness
Scrapbook.com created this charity, and it organizes and distributes homemade cards that are left blank inside to cancer foundations, hospitals, shelters, retirement homes, children’s homes, and other organizations in need. Nurses, doctors, staff members, counselors, parents, and volunteers add handwritten messages of encouragement and love before giving them to patients, children, and other people in need. If you would like to make cards for this organization, click here.
In 1 Peter 4:10, we’re called to use our gifts to serve others as faithful stewards of God’s grace. I’m a huge advocate for using our talents, skills, and favorite hobbies to help others, and these charities are just a few options to make it happen.
If you feel called to make a difference in the lives of others, consider the organizations I mentioned above, look for local charities in your area, or even the people in your very own neighborhood.
We often dismiss our skills and abilities, thinking that we can’t help others, but a small smile, a thoughtful word, or simply checking in on someone you love can make a difference.
I hope this helps.
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