Sewing charities for children collect donations of handmade items, such as blankets and clothing, to give to children in need. For sewers who use their skills to craft items, the experience can be much more rewarding than giving a monetary donation. For the children who receive them, the handmade items can provide comfort and meet their basic needs during a difficult time.
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Project Linus provides handmade blankets "to children who are seriously ill, traumatised, or otherwise in need." Blankets can be sewn by anyone and given to a local Project Linus chapter for distribution. As of March 2011, Project Linus had more than 370 chapters in the United States, and had distributed more than 3,500,000 blankets to children in need.
Care Wear is a non-profit organisation dedicated to crafting and distributing handmade baby items to hospitals. The Care Wear website has a whole list of sewing patterns, ranging from blankets and clothes to bibs and finger puppets. All items are given as gifts to newborns and their families through hospitals.
Stitches from the Heart
Stitches from the Heart is a California-based charity that "sends handmade clothing, blankets and love to premature babies all across the nation." Stitches from the Heart also sponsors senior groups who want to participate in the project but cannot afford supplies.
Operation Marine Corps Kids
Operation Marine Corps Kids sends care packages for newborns to families of Marines who have a parent deployed at the time of the baby's birth. Care packages usually include a handmade blanket and some small clothing items. Anyone can donate hand-sewn items via mail.
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