There’s so much to be thankful for this holiday season. It’s a great time to show your gratitude give back to the community on #GivingTuesday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Falling on November 28 in 2017, the national campaign encourages everyone to make a difference. Whether you are donating items or your time to a worthy cause there are so many ways to give back.
Warm Up America! was started by Evie Rosen whose dream was based on Neighbors helping Neighbors. Evie was a former yarn shop owner in Wausau, WI. In 1990, frustrated by the great need for blankets for the homeless and her inability to knit large quantities fast enough, she came up with the idea of dividing up the process and asking friends to knit and crochet small 7” by 9” sections. Now a nationwide program of the Craft Yarn Council, individuals and groups are encouraged to complete and donate afghans in their own community. To date, hundreds of thousands of afghans and accessories have been distributed to people in need by Warm Up America groups and through the CYC office.
It’s February, which means it is National Heart Month. Sponsored by the American Hearth Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this is an annual event highlighting the importance of heart health. We have gathered 18 free crochet and knit patterns for you to make for this important event.
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers. Chances are you have a person close to you who has had it — according to the American Cancer Society, “breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women” and it is “second as a cause of cancer death in women”. Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we have some ways you can #StitchAHug and support patients and their families. Some of these are specific to breast cancer, but others are relevant to all cancers as well as other serious illnesses.
You can help out orphaned, sick, and injured animals by making artificial nests! Many wildlife rehabilitation groups use soft crocheted or knit nests for the animals they care for, especially for the baby and younger animals. The basic patterns are easy so all levels of stitchers can make them, and they are a great way to use up scrap yarn.
Join Red Heart Yarn and Red Cross North America and knit or crochet a blanket for those in need!
Red Heart, America’s favorite yarn, is partnering with the Red Cross, one of the most recognized and trusted charities in the world. The goal is to bring together our love of knitting and crocheting and our love of giving back.
My family and I just moved back to North Carolina from Mississippi a few months ago. It feels so good to be closer to our loved ones! We found a great neighborhood to live in that has all types of clubs to join to get to know people. I got an alert in my email one day for a new group for knitters and crocheters called Stitch for a Cause. I love to crochet and I enjoy making things for special causes so I had to join! The cause we are stitching for through January is for the American Heart Association’s Little Hats, Big Hearts. We’re making red newborn hats to raise awareness for heart disease and defects.
Knitters and crocheters have a long tradition of using their needles and hooks to share with others and to let those going through a difficult time know that they care. One of the most popular type of project to give is a cozy hat. If you are a person looking to give to those in need you’ll want to view this eBook – Hats for Charity. It is a collection of 15 of the best and easiest Red Heart hat patterns presented in one easy to reference eBook along with their patterns.
Many knitters and crocheters enjoy making projects for charity. Whether you prefer making hats for infants or shawls for hospice, we have pattern suggestions as well as some national organizations who accept donations.
I was especially touched by the efforts of this campaign started at Morehead State University. We don’t often think how hard it must be not to have a warm bed and pajamas. The Build-A-Bed campaign builds beds for children in need in Eastern Kentucky.