The Dirt Farmer Foundation’s CAUSE it’s MARCH: Craft for Charity: Knit, Crochet & Sew

The Dirt Farmer Foundation is our way of focusing the social media power of the Dirt Farmer’s community to help worthwhile charities.

Our CAUSE it’s MARCH or Cause of the Month is:


Looking for your next knitting, crochet or sewing project? There are lots of people around the country and all over the world who would love one of your crafted creations.

There are many different reasons to crochet, knit or sew for charity. It is a way to help others. It's an opportunity to craft a lot of different items but not have to keep them sitting around your own house. It's a way to improve your own sense of well-being in the world by doing your part for people in your community. Crafting for Charity is kind, compassionate, creative and very appreciated by the recipients of the gifts that others create.

Do you want to knit, crochet or sew for charity but aren't sure where to send your stuff? Fortunately, there are a number of organizations that connect generous yarn and sewing crafters with people and animals in need of warmth, comfort and care. So grab your needles and pick out your next project from the list below.

LITTLE HATS BIG HEARTS. Volunteers from around the country are joining the American Heart Association, in connection with The Children's Heart Foundation, to celebrate American Heart Month by knitting and crocheting red hats for babies born in February at participating hospitals. 

Little Hats Big Hats Supporters are knitting and crocheting red hats to be given out to thousands of babies during American Heart Month in order to empower moms to live heart healthy lives and to help their children do the same. Click HERE to learn more.

PROJECT LINUS provides handmade security blankets to children in need. In 1995, Karen Loucks read about a three-year-old who went through chemotherapy with the help of her trusty security blanket. Loucks decided to supply the Rocky Mountain Children’s Cancer Center in Denver with homemade security blankets, a goal which eventually became Project Linus. 

Project Linus went nationwide, and still gathers homemade blankets for children distributed through hospitals, shelters, and aid agencies. The organization has chapters all over the United States. Donated blankets can be sewn, quilted, hand-woven, knitted, or crocheted, but must be high-quality and free of smoke or pet hair. Learn more about Project Linus in the U.S. here, in Canada here and in the U.K. here.

THE BINKY PATROL provides handmade security blankets to children in need. The group distributes blankets to children suffering from HIV, drug abuse, child abuse or chronic and terminal illnesses. Volunteers can make blankets in a variety of ways: knitting, crocheting, quilting, or just sewing up a nice piece of fleece fabric.

“Binkys” range from two-feet-square for preemies up to twin bed size, and all sizes in between.

Blankets can range in size from 2-foot squares that can be used to comfort preemies to those large enough to cover a twin bed.

Find out how you can get involved at the Binky Patrol website.

CARE WEAR donates handmade baby items like hats, booties, blankets, mittens, and IV covers to hospitals in the US, Canada, and Italy. You can search for a hospital that’s close to you and see its wish list of items, either just sending the items you make to the hospital or calling the representative listed to discuss the projects further. There are tons of patterns on the website, which emphasizes goods for preemie babies. Click here to visit the website.

WARM UP AMERICA donates handmade afghan blankets to people in need. It’s often homeless shelters, women’s shelters, and natural disaster relief organizations like the Red Cross that distribute these warm blankets to those in need. Children’s hospitals, nursing homes, and hospices also receive donations.

WUA asks people to simply crochet and send in 7×9-inch sections, but it especially encourages people to work with family and friends to join the sections together and make a big blanket. Click here to visit the website.

OPERATION GRATITUDE sends care packages overseas to deployed troops, and handmade hats and scarves are welcomed by this organization.

Once Operation Gratitude receives your donation, it’ll be shipped with other items as part of a care package designed to bring comfort to and show support for our troops. Click here to visit the website.

OPERATION FIRST RESPONSE helps wounded veterans and their families. Among the many programs they organize in service to veterans is the OFR Backpack project.

The OFR Backpacks are filled with vital supplies and comforting items including blankets and quilts and sent to combat support hospitals to give to wounded soldiers as they arrive without any personal belongings or suitable clothing.

Learn more about Operation First Response and find out how you can help.

QUILTS OF VALOR sends service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.

Visit Quilts of Valor website to learn more.

MARINE CORPS KIDS was founded in 2007. Donors send in hand-crafted baby items which we bundle into care packages and send to the newborns of deployed Marines, Sailors and Soldiers.

Click HERE to learn more.

HAT BOX FOUNDATION donates handmade hats to cancer patients across the country. Because many of the patients have no hair, they ask that hats are made out of cotton or acrylic soft yarns–nothing itchy or uncomfortable. Hat Box partners with hospitals nationwide. Click here to visit the website.

KNIT YOUR BIT. the National World War II Museum collects scarves and then distributes them to VA Centers and veterans organizations as a way to honor WWII veterans. Go to Knit Your Bit website to learn more about this non profit organization.

SAVE THE CHILDREN. This is another great organization that collects donated crochet items for kids. It's an organization that helps to keep newborns alive through providing education and supplies to new mothers in need.

One thing that the mothers learn is how to keep their babies warm and that's where your crochet caps come into play. Go to Save The Children website to learn more about this non profit organization.

KNOTS OF LOVE. Donate caps and blankets for cancer patients, burn victims, or babies in the neonatal unit. The caps must meet specific criteria, including approved yarns. Go to Knots of Love website to learn more about this non profit organization.

THREADS OF COMPASION. Donate a crochet or knit scarfs to survivors of sexual abuse to help them cope with their traumatic experience. Go to Threads of Compassion website to learn more about this non profit organization.

SNUGGLES PROJECT. Crochet a security blanket (aka snuggle) for homeless, lost or abandoned dogs and cats. Yarn snuggles always make everyone feel better. Go to Snuggles Project website to learn more about this non profit organization.

KNITTED KNOCKERS. Volunteers use patterns on the site to knit and crochet breast prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breast. Go to Knitted Knockers U.S. website here and Kitted Knockers Canada website here to learn more about their charity project.

KNIT A SQUARE. If making a full blanket or sweater seems too much, Knit a Square accepts 8″ x 8″ squares. They combine these squares into blankets for their vulnerable or orphaned children. They also accept hats, handwarmers, and toys. Visit Knit a Square website to learn more about this non profit organization.

CHRISTMAS AT SEA provides handmade garments to mariners away from their families. They ask that the garments are easy to wash, in darker colors, and free of pom-poms, tassels, or fringes (because they pose a safety hazard!). Visit Christmas at Sea website to learn more.

FEEL BETTER FRIENDS collects dolls to send to sick children.

Visit Feel Better Friends website to learn more about this non profit organization.

KNIT FOR KIDS sends your handmade goods to children living in poverty all around the world. Your hats, scarves, and sweaters keep those kids warm. Visit Knit for Kids website to learn more.

MOTHER BEAR PROJECT. Volunteers knit up handmade bears to be sent to children affected by HIV or AIDS in emerging nations. Visit Mother Bear Project website to learn more about this non profit organization.

QUILTS FOR KIDS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to brightening the lives of children who suffer from abuse or life-threatening illnesses.

With the help of respected fabric manufacturers, generous volunteers, and donors, we transform high quality fabrics into patchwork quilts that offer comfort to children in need. Visit Quilts for Kids website to learn more about this non profit organization.

NEWBORNS IN NEED, INC. takes care of needy babies. Volunteers provide care necessities to agencies and hospitals serving premature, ill, or impoverished newborns. Newborns In Need distributes items free of charge to babies in the United States. Visit Newborns in Need website to learn more about this non profit organization.

RED SCARF PROJECT. When children in foster care turn 18, they officially "age out" of the system. They are often left with few resources or contacts to help them get on with their lives.

Every year from September to December, volunteers at the Red Scarf Project collect handmade red scarves that they distribute to these foster kids on Valentine's Day. It's a sweet way to let former foster kids know that they're not forgotten. Find out more at the project website.

DRESS A GIRL AROUND THE WORLD. Girls helping girls around the world by making pillowcase dresses. Sponsored by Hope 4 Women International, this program provides dresses to girls in countries near and far. Learn more at Dress a Girl Around the World website.

THE MAGIC YARN PROJECT. Chemotherapy treatments often leave young scalps too sensitive for traditional wigs. Volunteers make yarn wigs for children with cancer inspired by beloved Disney characters, and invite children back to the world of play and daydreaming. 

Click HERE to learn more.

RYAN'S CASE FOR SMILES. A hospital stay can be a frightening and overwhelming experience for a child facing a life-changing illness or injury. Ryan’s Case for Smiles makes this difficult time a little less scary for children and their families by creating cheerful pillowcases to brighten their rooms. Visit Case for Smiles website to learn more.

DAYS FOR GIRLS is committed to supporting girls around the world with feminine hygiene products! Sewists, in particular, are always needed at Days for Girls. Find your local group and join the effort!

Don't forget that there are also many local charities that accept knitting crochet and sewing donations. You can talk to people at your local hospitals, nursing homes, children's shelters, domestic violence shelters, transitional housing projects, churches and animal shelters to see if they are interested in knitting, crochet and sewing donations and what they might need. Click HERE to find your local Shelters.

Click HERE to check ALL The Dirt Farmer Foundation Month Causes and Campaigns since 2012

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