If you love to knit, but have run out of people to gift your items to, consider knitting for charity. There are hundreds of charities that accept knitted blankets, sweaters, caps and scarves. Some items go overseas, others go to people with cancer and still other charity projects are made for premature or stillborn babies. These gifts are loved forever and can make a difference in the lives of the people who receive them.
Caps for a Cure was created to provide knitted hats and caps for patients undergoing chemotherapy. As many people lose their hair during chemotherapy, these caps are a way for them to maintain their dignity and make a fashion statement. The chemotherapy centre Caps for a Cure donates to changes every two months, so the caps you knit are spread out across the country.
Babies and Children
Bundles of Love donates items to infants in the state of Minnesota. Begun in 1999, the organisation has several hundred volunteers. They provide bedding and clothing for premature babies, as the families might not have had the time to fully prepare for their baby to arrive so early. They also provide burial clothes or keepsakes for stillborn babies and their families. Clothes, bootees, hats, bibs and many other items are all knit by hand.
Project Linus provides blankets to babies and children from birth to age 18. These blankets to go traumatised or seriously ill children. There are hundreds of local chapters all over the country; if you don't have a local chapter, you can still mail your blanket in to donate.
Afghans for Afghans provides blankets and clothing items, such as sweaters, hats, vests and socks, to people in Afghanistan. This organisation is considered humanitarian, and works with relief organisations to distribute the knitted items. They have patterns for authentic Afghan clothing, so that you make something recipients are sure to wear.
The Seamen's Church has been knitting and distributing their handiwork since 1898. Items go to mariners who have to be at sea during Christmas time. Hundreds of knitters work independently all year to send in their finished pieces in time for the winter season. Gifts and packages also are distributed throughout the year, to remind the mariners that they are thought of back at home. The Seamen's Church does ask that you keep in mind that men make up the majority of mariners, and to knit in appropriate colours for them.