The heart of a Crocheter… Donating handmade work to those in need!!

The heart of a Crocheter… Donating handmade work to those in need!!

Donating your crocheted work to those in need!

You can donate so many wonderful crochet items to so many causes…  I have compiled a list of 10 places to donate your work!!

A couple of years ago, I rounded up donations for  Crochet for Cancer… So many beautiful items were donated as you can see below!!

As many of you know, my Amazing Grace Free Pattern series is dedicated to breast cancer awareness and you can find all of those patterns at the top of the page…


     

But what do you do with all the items you make that don’t have a home to go to?? Or like many of us Crocheter’s, we are generous and would love a cause to donate to… Below are a few great ideas of where to donate your item and a guide on how to prepare your donations!!

 


10 Places to donate your crochet items

  1. Crochet For Cancer – is a Christian volunteer based non-profit that donates handmade chemo caps to cancer centers for patients coping with hair loss.
  2. Local Cancer facilities… In most areas, you can find a local cancer treatment center that may take donations…
  3. NICU Facilities – A neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), also known as an intensive care nursery (ICN), is an intensive care unit specializing in the care of ill or premature newborn infants. *you can find these centers in larger areas and these babies need preemie hats!!! and blankets too!!
  4. Homeless Shelters – With winter around the corner, homeless shelters are a great place to donate all types of crochet goods… Hats and Scarves are truly a blessing to these folks!
  5. Retirement Homes/Care Facilities – Blankets, shawls and much more could be a blessing for older people confined to bed or wheelchairs
  6. Local Schools – Some schools in may be willing to let the children wear donated hats and scarves… This is a school by school basis.
  7. VA Hospitals – Donate to those who served us and now need a little tender loving care!!! You can find a list of state by state by clicking here!!
  8. Operation Gratitude – For those in the military who are actively serving!
  9. Crochet for Charity (a part of the Crochet Guild of America) – CGOA provides a large list of places you can donate items…
  10. Donate to those in your neighborhood… Look around as you pass your neighbors… Maybe someone close to you could use a hat, scarf or blanket!!

How to prepare your items for donation

  1. For items donated to Cancer Patients, Hospitals and Children- you should use a soft yarn cotton or acrylic, pet free environment, no perfumes or anything else scented.
  2. For homeless shelters any fiber is ok, please make sure your items are new and clean
  3. For all donations, you should package them neatly and enclose a note.
  4. Check back often with the facilities you donate too to see if they need specific sizes or colors
  5. Enjoy the blessing of donating to others!!

Happy Crocheting!!

Elena


 

Amazing Grace Crochet Charity Drive… Week 9 Featured Pattern

Amazing Grace Crochet Charity Drive… Week 9 Featured Pattern

Amazing Grace Crochet Charity Drive is coming to a close… It is almost time to count up the donations and send them off to Crochet with Cancer!  All items received by October 31st 2014 will be entered into the Special Prize Package Drawing!!!  You all have been fantastic and we have a great number to send in for those who are suffering and recovering from cancer!!

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Amazing Grace Weekly Featured Patterns

This week I am sharing 2 more of the Amazing Grace Patterns… The Amazing Grace Blissful Beanie and The Amazing Grace Blissful Slouchy!!  Hats are always one of the best donations we can give to a Cancer Patient… These Amazing Grace Patterns are once again in the simple Amazing Grace Stitch Pattern….  They both have a little more textural stitching than the original Amazing Grace Hat… The color possibilities are endless…  I hope you give them both a try and stop back by to let me know what you think!!

Amazing Grace Blissful Beanie solid

Amazing Grace Blissful Beanie

Amazing Grace Blissful Slouchy

Amazing Grace Blissful Slouchy

For more information on the Amazing Grace Crochet Charity Drive you can click on the tab at the top of the page or Click Here…  Stay tuned next week for the Donation Count and the winner of the Prize Package!!!

Amazing Grace Prize Package Giveaway

Happy Crocheting!!

Elena

Amazing Grace Crochet Charity Drive… Week 8 Featured Pattern!!

Amazing Grace Crochet Charity Drive… Week 8 Featured Pattern!!

The Amazing Grace Charity Drive is getting close to the finale!!!  If you want to participate and pay it forward to those in need, all items must be received at Beatrice Ryan Designs by Friday October 31st to be eligible for the Prize Package drawing…  I have received tons of boxes and packages already full of wonderful crochet items… I am so excited to see the Grand Total of our donation to Crochet For Cancer!!!  We are really making a difference!!  Each hat, blanket, shawl and hand-made item is a treasure that will bless someone who is suffering or recovering from cancer.

I am working on 2 more Amazing Grace Free Pattern Designs and can’t wait to share them with you over the next couple weeks… They are brand new designs… One small project and one larger project!!  So make sure you stay tuned for more Free Patterns!!!

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Now,,, On to the Featured Pattern!!  This week I would like to share with you  a great pattern for our children who are suffering!!  It is bright and cheery and made with soft yarn, it will be a perfect donation at any time or a gift for your loved one!!

Amazing Grace Baby Blanket

Amazing Grace Baby Blanket

Week 8 Featured Amazing Grace Crochet Charity Drive Pattern!!

To read more about this project and make this Free Pattern… Click Here!

I hope to see a few of these blankest in the donation boxes ♥♥♥

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Don’t miss your chance to win this fun Prize Package by participating in the Amazing Grace Crochet Charity Drive… To find out all the details and eligibility rules… Click Here!

Amazing Grace Prize Package Giveaway

I love these products!!

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To find out more about our friends at Crochet for Cancer… Click Here!!

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