Knitting for charity is a great way to enjoy your hobby without having a house full of knitted items. That's right... put down the vacuum cozy. It's also a great way to get rid of some of your stash so you can buy more yarn!
Here are some charities in Canada that accept knitting items.
Crochet Blankets for Seniors – Canada
This is a relatively new initiative started by a local Durham Region woman who decided to start crocheting blankets for seniors in the community who may not have many visitors or who are living with Alzheimer's and dementia or living in long term care homes and hospices. She began by buying yarn at thrift stores and then started taking donations. The demand was so high that she is now accepting crocheted and knitted blanket donations as well as yarn donations.
Knitted Knockers provides free knitted breast prosthesis for women who have undergone procedures to the breast due to breast cancer. The knockers are knit by volunteers and then sent to the women in need. There are local drop off locations in Durham Region (such as Soper Creek Yarn in Bowmanville) and the pattern is available on their website (both knit and crochet). Because the finished product is going next to the skin, they have recommended yarn fibres and weights to be used.
Street Knit Toronto
Street Knit Toronto donates knitted warm and winter items to people in need in shelters and through homeless outreach programs in Toronto. Items can be donated at local drop off locations or at their monthly meetings.
Project Linus Canada
Project Linus provides knit blankets or "hugs" to children going through trauma or crisis. They take donations of knit, crochet or sewn blankets which can be donated to a local chapter of the organization. Volunteer blanket makers are called Blanketeers. They also take monetary and yarn or fabric donations.
There are lots of organizations that are accepting knitting donations; this is just a small sampling and there are many more out there. I have not personally knitted to any of the above nor am I affiliated in any way with them but all of them have a message that resonates with me and if I did have extra time for charity knitting, I would definitely participate in one of these causes.
Have you done any knitting or crocheting for charity? What is your favourite organization to support?