Since Martin Luther King, Jr. Day became a national holiday, it seems to be a day of service, giving back to your community, and spreading the message of peace and caring for others.
"How can I help?" you ask.
Do you realize all the people that could benefit from your knitting? Not only could you knit for those in your local community such as local shelters, soup kitchens, and hospitals; you can knit for others around the world.
There are lots of fabulous knitting charities who would welcome your completed project no matter what your skill level! Most of of the charitable foundations we are featuring below have free patterns on their website, ideas for how you can help, or even ways to get a whole group together to knit for others.
Whether you donate one item or one hundred, they will be happy to receive your donation and you'll have the pleasure of knowing you've made someone's life a little brighter through your gift of knitting.
So, take a look at some of our featured knitting charities or you can view our entire Knitting Charities list.
Knitting or crocheting a simple square, not much bigger than a gauge swatch, can help in spreading the message to a child that they are beloved, they are the future, unique, and special. This wonderful Knit-a-Square program is part of the KasCare charitable organization and reaches out to abandoned, vulnerable, and AIDS children and orphans living in southern Africa. They offer free knitting and crochet patterns to knit these 8 x 8" squares that will be pieced together to create a warm blanket.
Warm the hearts and toes of women forced to live in shelters to seek safety. Many have had to leave their homes suddenly without any belongings. Your gift of a simple pair knitted or handmade slippers will remind a woman or child that somewhere, someone is thinking of them. Slippers don't need to be pink, but they do need to be warm and handmade. The Pink Slipper project offers lots of free patterns for you to get started.
Knit or crochet finished items for our Armed Forces stationed overseas. Operation Toasty Toes sends handmade slippers, dickeys, headband, helmet liners, watch caps and fingerless mitts to warm our troops and sent a message of support. The Armed Forces encourages garments knitted are bright, encouraging colors since your gift also helps boost moral. Toasty Toes patterns must be used for packing purposes and they have lots to choose. Show our men and women in service that you care and appreciate their efforts.
What a great way to show a child you care by knitting him/her a cuddly blanket! The Binky Patrol is an organization that has been providing handmade blankets to kids in need for nearly 15 years. They give blanket to children and teens from 0-18 (we love that they give to that often forgotten teen age group, too).
You can knit, crochet, sew, or quilt a blanket. The "binkies" are given to children born HIV+, drug-addicted, infected with AIDS or other chronic or terminal illnesses, those who are abused, in foster care or experiencing trauma of any kind.