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Hats For the Homeless

Start a new Holiday Tradition and crochet and donate to the Charity: Hats for the Homeless.  You can crochet handmade hats, scarves and gloves to be distributed to the Homeless of NYC.

Hats for the Homeless was created to honor the memory of a generous soul who with his friends, collected and distributed necessary items like hats, gloves and scarves to the homeless living on the streets in New York City. After he passed away suddenly in 1998, Hats for the Homeless was set up and has continued to provide these necessary winter items to the Homeless annually, the weekend before Christmas at St. Francis Xavier’s Soup Kitchen on West 15th Street in NYC.

Hats for the Homeless - Charity Crochet

Hats For the Homeless

His friends and family are carrying on this tradition and you can help in a few different ways. You can either crochet (or knit) a hat, scarf or set of mittens or gloves yourself and mail them directly to the address available on their site HERE:

Hats for the Homeless

Or you can request a Holiday Poster from them to be sent to you and you can attach it to any size box you wrap in Christmas paper. Then you choose the location you prefer and set it out at your local Church, Business or Community Center before asking your coworkers, friends and Congregation to help you crochet Hats for the Homeless too. Once your box is full, you can send the box to them at the mailing address above.  Request your poster here: Hats For The Homeless


Find out more about Hats For The Homeless on the Website.

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Hat Box Foundation – Crocheted Hats

The Hat Box Foundation was established in 2007 as a volunteer-based, non-profit organisation to donate free hand-made knit and crocheted hats to cancer patients and those in need.

Hat Box Foundation - Crocheted Hats - Charity Crochet

Hat Box Foundation – Crocheted Hats

 

Recipients: People with cancer or, others in need across the United States.

Donations:  Hand knit or hand crocheted hats.

They do not accept loomed hats.

Pattern and Resource Links

Please ensure the hats you make are sized to fit and reach the base of the ears and nape of the neck.

They always accept hats for men, women, boys and girls, but they are currently in need of more hats for women.

Hats for children should be at least 18″ in circumference; hats for teens and adults should be at least 22″ in circumference.

They request that loomed hats not be donated.

For links to patterns you can use for this purpose please visit their Helpful Links Page.

Finished hats can be sent to the address at the following link:

Hat Box Foundation

Once received, the hats will be packaged and distributed to individual recipients and hospitals.


Learn more about the Hat Box Foundation on their Website | Facebook | Twitter

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CLICK for Babies

The CLICK for Babies campaign was created to promote awareness for the Period of PURPLE Crying all infants go through. It helps by educating parents on how to respond to prolonged crying and how important it is NOT to shake your baby (SBS – Shaken Baby Syndrome).

CLICK for Babies - Charity Crochet - Purple Hats

 CLICK for Babies

Recipients: Local Campaigns in the U.S. and Canada

Donations of: Purple Baby Caps

Restrictions:
  • New, Clean, Soft-to-touch (not Value Yarns which are scratchy to touch) washable yarns.
  • Please make warm hats (not open / large stitches) with tiny stitches.
  • Size Must be: 13 – 15 inches and 4 to 6 inches in height as these hats are to be worn by 1-2 day old infants.
  • Must be at least 50% purple and unisex.
  • No embellishments (do not add buttons, pom poms, ties, straps, ribbons, bows, etc.)CLICK for Babies PURPLE

Review and Free Pattern Link


For more information about CLICK for Babies, please visit their Website.

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Care Wear

“Care Wear is a nationwide group of volunteers who knit, crochet, and/or sew, providing handmade baby items directly to hospitals. All Care Wear items are distributed by hospital staff  [FREE] to infants, children and their parents.”

Care Wear - Charity Crochet

Care Wear

Although Care Ware initially focused on providing items for premature infants they also accept items for larger preemies, full-term babies, children and geriatric patients.

They have indicated that most hospitals also welcome small blankets and quilts sized 30 inches by 30 inches.

You can find specific suggestions (colors) and restrictions (types of yarn and washing instructions) in the Join Section.

You can also find patterns for some of the items on their site HERE.

A list of participating hospitals and their donation wishes can be found HERE.


For more information about Care Wear, please visit their website.

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Cancer and Hematology Centers of Texas Children’s Hospital

There are several ways you can help support the patients at the Cancer and Hematology Centers of Texas Children’s Hospital.  They invite crocheters, knitters, and quilters from around the world to create and donate hats of all sizes, light weight scarves, and lap size blankets.
Cancer and Hematology Centers of Texas Childrens Hospital - Charity Crochet

Cancer and Hematology Centers of Texas Children’s Hospital

These items will go to patients of all ages to help keep them cozy and feeling cherished. One small item can make a big difference to these patients.
Donations information and mailing instructions are available here: Ways to Give

To find out more information about Texas Children’s Hospital go HERE


Learn more about the Texas Children’s Hospital Charity by visiting them here: Facebook  | Twitter  | Instagram | YouTube | Google+

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Bridge and Beyond

Bridge and Beyond is dedicated to helping homeless adults, families living in shelters and other individuals in need in the Central Ohio area.

Bridge and Beyond - Charity Crochet

Bridge and Beyond

They accept donations of handmade hats, scarves, slippers, mittens, blankets, blanket squares and cotton washcloths.

Specific suggestions have been provided for each possible donation item, including colors to avoid and the types of yarn you should use (i.e. acrylic or washable wool) for your donation items.

Sizes have also been provided and links to free patterns you can use to make these items.


For more information, please visit Bridge and Beyond at their website.

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Little Hats, Big Hearts™

Celebrate American Heart Month by knitting, or crocheting red hats for babies who are born in participating hospitals in the month of February.  Little Hats, Big Hearts™ is a joint effort between the American Heart Association, The Children’s Heart Foundation and volunteers from around the country.

Little Hats Big Hearts™ - Charity Crochet

Little Hats, Big Hearts™

Red hats are given out to thousands of babies during February (American Heart Month) with the goal of empowering moms and children to live heart healthy lives. Their goal is to raise awareness and educate moms about the importance of heart health and to raise awareness about congenital heart defects.

You can help by crocheting hats and donating them to your State Specific donation center. You can select your State (or the closest State to you) from their search tool on their site HERE. Please check the deadlines for you specific donation area, as these dates can vary from center to center.

The hats submitted must meet specific requirements including:

  • Red in color
  • Cotton or acrylic yarn
  • Medium to heavy weight
  • Machine washable and dryable

They have requested simple hat patterns to be used. Please do not add embellishments (like buttons and bows) because they can become detached from the hat and be dangerous to the babies. Links to a few free patterns have been included HERE.


 For more information about this Charity please visit: American Heart Association