Friday, January 28, 2005

Charities

I did some research to try to find some possible organizations that could use knitted or crocheted donations. I haven't decided whether to donate something to the troops or to others affected by war. Also, I haven't decided what I am going to make.

What are some of your thoughts?

Give to the Troops - Cotton and wool socks are on the most requested list. I think slippers would also be appreciated.

Operation Shoebox - Items that can be crafted are socks and sweatbands. Also, it would be possible to craft a checkerboard or a hacky sack. [Too cheesy?] See this page for a pattern - plus others.

The Ships Project - Ships Support accepts knitted, crocheted, and sewn items. Note: please make sure you refer to the guidelines page before making anything to send to this project.

Soldier's Angels - Has different needs that might suit crafters.

Afghans for Afghans - is a humanitarian and educational people-to-people project that sends hand-knit and crocheted blankets and garments to the beleaguered people of Afghanistan.

Operation Give - Sends toys and other goods to help the children in Iraq. Operation Give is grass-roots, non-partisan, volunteer-driven, and non-political. Note: Fed Ex is shipping forfree to this group's headquarters - click here for more information.

Iraqi Schools - Supports kids and teachers in Iraq. Crafted items could include pencil bags, games, teddy bears. [Maybe a teddy bear with the Peace is Patriotic logo?]

3 Comments:

DAWN said...

Those are some awesome charities...thanks for doing the research.

~ DAWN

6:38 AM  
Marnie said...

Cindy,
That's a great list. Thanks for sharing

10:51 AM  
JinxedMinx said...

Some additional info on the Ships Project. I'm on my second batch of work for them :)

There is a Yahoo group for the Project, found on their page. They discuss mailing dates, acknowledge what's been received, and share emails received from the ships there.

As for patterns, they do have guidelines. I can tell you though that if you had a pattern in mind, you can write the coordinator (a lovely woman named Ellen) and check things out. I confirmed a couple patterns with her just a little while ago.

6:01 AM  

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