Knitting and crocheting can be much more than just a hobby; the fruits of your labor can be a great charitable donation. Below are just a few organizations around the world in need of hand-knit items.
Women In Need
This organization provides housing, help, and hope to New York City women and their families who are homeless and disadvantaged. Through comprehensive programs, WIN helps individuals find shelter, supportive permanent housing, job training, domestic-violence services, alcohol and substance abuse treatment and child care, and offers the tools and guidance that allow families to return to their communities and live independently. For more information, visit women-in-need.org. Special thanks to Purl for donating 117 skeins of yarn used to make the MSLO charity knitting project for Women in Need.
The Dulaan Project
This organization is an effort of the Flagstaff International Relief Effort (F.I.R.E., 501c3) This project seeks to inspire the generous spirit of the knitting community to help meet the urgent needs of Mongolia's impoverished people. For more information, visit fireprojects.org.
Afghans for Afghans
This organization is a humanitarian and educational people-to-people project that sends hand-knit and crocheted blankets and sweaters, vests, hats, mittens, and socks to the beleaguered people of Afghanistan. For more information, visit afghansforafghans.org.
More Knitting Charities
For more information on other organizations that seek donated knitted items for sick children, the homeless, and premature babies, visit knitting.about.com.
For more information about caring for your wool, visit soakwash.com. Also check out the Martha Stewart Living Radio blog post about creating a blanket for Women in Need.