Groups & Charity Locator

Locater Service
Locate a group or charity near you.

Need Help Locating A Group or Charity?

We have a fabulous charity locator. We understand that many hospitals and other organizations do not want crochet items for donations. We are trying to locate organizations that accept crochet donations on an ongoing basis. In trying to participate with charities, we also recognize that not everyone wants to ship their finished goods across the country. There may be locations and charities within reach that may be very close to your own communities.

There is also a need to locate live crochet groups for people to attend. Finding these groups may be a tough task. We want to help you find groups that we know about. Our mapping program can map the world for locations. We are not limiting our listings to be only Canada or USA.

How To Get Listed on this Map

Charities

Charities must be accepting crochet based donations on an ongoing basis. Charities or organizations that are only looking for cash will not be listed on this map. Website Address for researching about charity is required. Complete Mailing Address must be included. A short bio write up about the mission of the charity.

Live Crochet Groups

We will required the name of the group. A complete address where the group meets to be located on the map. Email address and/or contact information for the group. Short write up about the group. General Group Get Together Times, examples may be Tuesdays, or every other Monday. Or Weekly from September to April.

With any of the listings, it is the responsibility of the person donating items to do their own research about the charities. The crochet groups must be live in person attending events only. We are not responsible for groups that may have fees associated to membership. At this time there are no plans to list crafting shows or events that are only a few days each year.

If you would like to have a group in your area and/or are looking for a group in you area that isn’t on the map. Use the comments below the map to express your interest. We are listing only firm groups and charities on the map. Others in your area may be looking to. This is a great opportunity to connect with others.

Please Note

I am asked everyday by organizations and individuals to get free yarn. Though I am granted some yarn to make projects and videos, I am not given excessive quantities. Most of the yarn I am given has a plan or project attached to it where I am accountable for the yarn. For personal use projects, I am like everyone else where I pay for my own yarn.

I have no influence with any yarn company or organization to distribute free yarn. Though The Crochet Crowd is actively involved in charity work, we don’t get involved in the distribution of free yarn. Organizations and individuals seeking such donations must exercise the proper communication channels with the yarn companies to be considered. I will not give out personal emails within companies to bypass the chain of communications. Keep in mind, asking for free products is something each yarn companies deals with everyday and reaches into the thousands for the number of people wanting free yarn. Regretfully, the number of requests out number of the realistic numbers that can be given out each year.

Some charities actually give out free yarn if you are involved with them. It’s something worth investigating.

Please look below the locator map for the submissions form.

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If you would like to be considered for listing, please fill in the following form to be listed.

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  • February 7, 2015 at 4:14 am
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    I was searching for your center and in the yellow pages it states that this buisness is closed. I am NOT sure how true it is, but I thought it would be worth asking. I am interested in joing a chairity org. I have down time at work, and have a lot of time to crochet. I would be interested in your crochet circle.

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  • December 8, 2014 at 7:06 pm
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    Mikey, is there a Crochet Guild of Canada, if there is one, is there one in or near the K/W region?

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    • January 8, 2015 at 12:36 pm
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      You can sign up for the Crochet Guild of America as a Canadian, it’s just a bit more expensive. I think it’s $79 per year? You still get all the benefits of a regular member too.

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  • November 12, 2014 at 3:23 pm
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    I have just started Heaven’s Heroes in Pickerington Ohio for anyone in the area looking to donate Crochet/knit items. These items are given to my local American Legion Post which is just down the road from me. You do not absolutely have to be in my area. Find us on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/HeavensHeroes191

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  • September 28, 2014 at 7:26 pm
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    I would like to come up with a group here at Yakima Washington and it can be old or the young can learn how to crochet and what ever we make we can give them to the orphanage or the homeless ,or moms just had baby’s that are still in the hospital get better. We are a low income group so we like all our yarn to be donated to us so we can make these things. If someone is intrested in it you can email and thank you.

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    • September 28, 2014 at 8:22 pm
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      Try reaching out to local churches to see if they will help you. More than likely you will be benefiting your local communities members. Ask around to see if they will lend you a hand.

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      • February 3, 2015 at 11:10 pm
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        Hi Mikey, I am visually impaired but still crochet. I love it even if it does take me longer to do than most. I do have a question and am new to this blog stuff so I am sorry if this is the wrong place. Once a pattern, say for a slipper, is completed and it is found out that oops it has a few too many rows and is too long, can it be made smaller without re-doing the whole slipper? Just thought I would ask. Thank you for the videos, I can listen and learn new stitches this way.

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    • February 3, 2015 at 11:06 pm
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      Hi I am in Puyallup, Washington and would enjoy crocheting with friends both new and old. Let me know please. I am visually impaired so I do hope replies get sent to my email. Thank you!

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  • July 23, 2014 at 11:15 pm
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    I am looking for a charity in San Marcos, Tx. I like to crochet, and I can knit also.

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    • December 11, 2014 at 12:10 am
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      There is a Threads of Love Chapter in San Antonio. Don’t know of anything closer. I belong to The Heart of Texas Threads of Love in Austin. We’d love to meet you. You can crochet and knit 20″ blankets at home then stop by the sewing room on any Monday from 1 – 4 to meet the group or come by and help us do some simple sewing.

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  • July 14, 2014 at 12:08 pm
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    I am the co founder of Catawba Crafters. We meet at Southwest Library in Hickory ( mt view area beside the mighty dollar) on most mondays at 6pm and fridays at noon. We are a group of knitters and crocheters that enjoy making things to donate to others ( homeless, nursing homes, NICU etc) and we enjoy the friendships we have formed over time. Would love to anyone in the area to come join us. we are a friendly group. Hope we get put on this map.

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    • September 26, 2014 at 6:57 am
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      Hopefully you filled out the form provided in this article to be listed. You have to provide us details so we can make an informed decision. Thankx

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  • June 27, 2014 at 7:40 am
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    Hi! I just filled out the info. section, but wanted to introduce myself. My name is Lori Wade and I am the East Tenn. Chapter President of Newborns in Need. We are part of a national non-profit organization that provides newborn necessity kits to area hospitals, birthing centers, social workers and individuals FREE of charge and no questions asked. We rely soley on donations from volunteers. Our packets include toiletry items, diapers, baby wipes, clothing items and items that have been sewn, knitted or crocheted. We are always in need and would really appreciate receiving crocheted bibs, booties, blankets, sweater sets, hats, etc. Please feel free to contact me for more information at 865-719-5485, or go to our national website at http://www.newbornsinneed.org for more information about our organization. Thank you!

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    • June 27, 2014 at 7:52 am
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      Thanks so much… I am going through the CHarity Locator submissions in the next couple days… I will keep and eye on your submission… We have 11 in queue to be reviewed at this time. 😀

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  • June 26, 2014 at 5:57 pm
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    Be sure to zoom in on your state so you can see all of the groups local to you. :) We are Ne’s Hats for Hope Initiative: Georgia (located in Macon) and I’ve had a few people ask my why they don’t see us on the map. We are there, but you have to zoom in. :) Thank you, Mikey for putting us all on the map. :)

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  • June 25, 2014 at 6:38 am
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    Hi there! I belong to a wonderful organization called Newborns In Need. We are a non-profit charity that distributes Newborn Immediate Need Kits filled with essential baby items to INDIGENT well, sickly and premature newborns free of charge. We also donate handmade bereavement items to offer support to grieving families. There are well over 50 chapters across the country. Many of these chapters are always looking for volunteers or handmade items for babies to include in each kit! Please visit our national website so you can find out more info about us. You can enter your zip to find a chapter nearest you. My chapter the Brooklyn Chapter-Rocky’s Wings is the third chapter in New York. We currently are covering the five boroughs here! As the director I am always looking for donations of handmade baby items to include in my kits! Please email me….Brooklyn@newbornsinneed.org

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    • June 25, 2014 at 11:02 am
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      be sure if you want listed that you need to fill out the form so it goes into our queue for checking and etc. We are keeping a file of all registrations so we can stay organized. :) Michael

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      • June 25, 2014 at 6:59 pm
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        Hi Mikey! Thank you for doing this! My chapter should be registered here already! Along with several others because I spread the word about this wonderful outlet.

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  • June 19, 2014 at 8:55 pm
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    I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and would love to join a group or crochet for a local charity!

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    • June 21, 2014 at 12:00 am
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      I’m in Airdrie and I’d also like to know if there’s any local groups or charities I can crochet for.

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  • June 19, 2014 at 8:26 pm
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    I found both Springfield Stitches for a Cause and Kathy’s Hats for Hope Initiative on the locator map, which are both (relatively) local for me in Central IL. Didn’t see Project Linus, though (either the national HQ or my local chapter), and they take crocheted items, too. I have contributed crochet items to all 3 charities; however, Project Linus is the easiest for me to donate items to, since there is a blanket drop-off point less than a half-hour’s drive from me in the next county (and in a town I normally shop in anyway, so it’s easy for me to combine other errands with an afghan drop-off run).

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  • June 11, 2014 at 2:17 am
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    So according to your map there are a couple of groups in the Salt Lake City, Utah area for charities. How do you find out who they are?

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    • June 11, 2014 at 4:23 pm
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      I sent in the links for both groups. They are not charity groups, just people getting together and working on crochet or knitting projects. One is in Spanish Fork Tues and Thur. The other is in Orem on Wed

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      • December 29, 2014 at 9:09 pm
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        I would be interested in a charity group in the west jordan salt lake city area..

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  • June 10, 2014 at 2:43 pm
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    I am in Bloomington Indiana. I love to crochet mittens for our local children. I usually give them to the local community kitchen and they give them to children in need. There are more in need than I can make. I guess I am looking for a local group but am also willing to start one. Let me know!

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  • June 10, 2014 at 1:21 pm
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    I’m in Deep South Texas and looking for a group or will start one in my area! I live in McAllen, TX and would love a group of crocheters to learn with and crochet for Hospitals, Adult Day Care.

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  • June 10, 2014 at 12:10 pm
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    Anything happening near Stafford Springs Ct ? I never hear of anything ,groups or classes we here are a small farming community as well as quite a few of the surrounding towns.

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  • June 4, 2014 at 3:55 pm
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    I’d love to donate in my area – South Shore area of MA or Boston.

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    • June 10, 2014 at 1:11 pm
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      Hi Carrie, my name is Jeanne Nava and I belong to a non-profit group called Project Sweet Peas. You can find us on Facebook, Project Sweet Peas-Gabriel’s Gift or check us out at http://www.projectsweetpeas.com. We are a national organization but Gabriel’s Gift is the local project which delivers care packages to hospitals in Boston, Providence and a couple in Connecticut. My D-I-L, Corin Nava is the project leader and lives in Wawick, RI. I live in Hope Valley, RI and do most of the crocheting for our group. We provide the hospitals with gift bags for NICU babies and we also provide Memory boxes to families who suffer a pregnancy or infant loss. We like to include a handmade hat and/or blanket in our packages. Please contact me at byjeanne@gmail.com and I’ll send you my phone number. I don’t want to post it here since I don’t know how many people will see it. I’m sure we could arrange to meet you some place close by if you would like to help. I would really love to hear from you.

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      • June 10, 2014 at 3:25 pm
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        Thank you so much! I will definitely be in touch!

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  • June 4, 2014 at 1:48 pm
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    I would love to find a group near Long Beach, Cypress, or Los Alamitos Ca.

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  • June 4, 2014 at 1:46 pm
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    I’m in Greeneville TN. Would love to have a group to join or even would be interested in starting one if none are close.

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    • June 10, 2014 at 10:55 pm
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      Greeneville, Tenn. Your probably knew my grandfather..Rev. Robert(Bob) Cyrus.Sorry, but bright back wonderful memories. Msg me only on Facebook. Thanks. Beverly Os

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  • June 4, 2014 at 1:45 pm
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    I would love to find a group near long Beach Ca.

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  • June 1, 2014 at 9:18 pm
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    Hello All! So glad to see this site up and running. I am in Martinsburg – WV (which is on the Panhandle of WV, meaning I am close to Hagerstown – MD and Winchester – VA as well) and would love to find a group in my area.

    I do not mind donating my time and using my own yarn and such, but I am still very new to crochet so I am still very much in the learning process. What I lack in skill I make up for in determination and enthusiasm!

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    • June 4, 2014 at 1:39 pm
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      There is no crochet group in my area, I would like to be part of one. I live in western KY, Hopkinsville.

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  • June 1, 2014 at 5:22 pm
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    I would love to find a crochet group to join in my area. I live in Milton, ON. What a great idea Mikey thank you so much 😀

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  • June 1, 2014 at 2:29 pm
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    Are there any charities to crochet for in the Syracuse ny area

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  • June 1, 2014 at 12:58 pm
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    Would love to donate in Rochester,ny area.

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  • June 1, 2014 at 11:51 am
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    Just submitted form for my group, Shadow Cats (www.shadowcats.net). Cats and yarn — what’s not to love?

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  • May 12, 2014 at 6:23 pm
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    You can also look on the Lion Brand Yarn website – they have a charity listing too. Good luck!

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    • May 28, 2014 at 12:39 pm
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      Thank you… we are looking for people who are part of the groups to be listed instead of pulling a list from another website. Some groups come and go and we prefer that people who are contacting us know first hand about the operations of the group to best inform us. :) Great idea though… I just want to ensure the information we are providing is pretty much accurate and up to date.

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      • May 28, 2014 at 2:07 pm
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        You are welcome Mikey ~ and I believe Lion Brand keeps their info pretty well updated. But I understand you need to know the info is good. I don’t know if my group could be listed as we are not a 501C3 – but we are a well known charitable organization in our area that will be celebrating 10 years in just a few months!! With less than 20 regular members we donate almost 3,000 pieces to local shelters and children’s charities each year. Please let me know if you would consider listing us and if so – I will get our info to you.

        Thank you again – Sandi S, Westminster, MD

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  • May 12, 2014 at 3:36 pm
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    Just wondering if there are any groups or charities in the st.John’s,NL, canada area. thanks

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  • May 11, 2014 at 1:35 pm
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    By the way! We work with all donated yarn, so if anyone knows of anyone wanting to get rid of yarn please refer them to us. Thank you.

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    • June 24, 2014 at 3:17 pm
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      Vivo en guadalupe, Nuevo Leon en Mexico y me gustaria saber si existe algun grupo en mi area, ya que es divertido tejer, pero seria mas divertido hacerlo con alguien mas.

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  • May 11, 2014 at 12:23 pm
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    I am with the Bryant Senior Center Crochet Circle. We do chemo hats for the Arkansas Medical Center and Arkansas Childrens Hospital and Baby blankets for New Beginnings Pregnancy Center
    and we are now doing scarfs and head bands for Special Oylimpics. We are located in Bishop Park, 6401 Boone

    I am with the Bryant Senior Center Crochet Circle located in Bishop Park at 6401 Boone Rd, Bryant, Arkansas. We meet every Tuesday at the above address from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM.
    All Crocheters are welcome! We make Chemo Hats for Arkansas Childrens Hospital and Arkansas Medical Center, baby blankets for New Beginnings Pregnancy Center and now we are doing scarves and headbands for Special Olympics. If interested in crocheting or learning how to crochet please feel free to come and join us. The more the merrier
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  • May 10, 2014 at 2:19 pm
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    I have a gropu that crochets and knits scarves, hats, mittens and afghans for 6 local homeless shelters and the Maryland School for the Blind. We also make Lap Afhgans for cancer patients for Catastrophic Health Planners and poor and ill seniors for a local day program. We are located in Westminster, MD and have just past our 9th year of service. If anyone would like to join us please email me. (While I don’t have a website – the address above is to our blog. Sadly – I have been dealing with a serious illness for a couple years now and it’s not quite updated – but all info still applies.

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  • May 10, 2014 at 9:07 am
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    I am currently making hats and blankets for Project Sweet Peas for babies in the NICU. Their website has a list of their divisions across the US. Next I’m going to make thinks for Knots if Loce for cancer patients. Any little way I can help. If you make enough shipping really isn’t that bad.

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  • May 9, 2014 at 7:41 pm
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    Hi! This month we are celebrating our 14th year of making quilts for cancer patients. We meet every Friday at our Parish Center to work on these Prayer Quilts. We bring them to our local Hospital Oncology Dept where they are given out. One of the ladies can’t make it to our meetings so she makes lap size afghans what we bring along with our quilts. All quilts and afghans are blessed before delivering them.
    We are located On Long Island New York.

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  • May 9, 2014 at 7:32 pm
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    Thank you so much for taking on this task! I have been searching for a crochet or knit group here in Sacramento, CA. I know that a couple of the LYS’s have meetings but they are not charity-oriented. I have even tried to get my friends to start a group with me but everyone eventually finds a reason not to show. I think that if I could find some like-minded strangers that we could all make a good go of it.
    Thank you to everyone who took the time to read this. And thank you to all of you who have already given of yourself to help someone in need; the ripples of those acts have surely touched us all!

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    • June 8, 2014 at 4:41 pm
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      HI Marriah,

      I just put in for a listing on this site, but I am located in Modesto…You can find us on Facebook. We are an official Chapter of Crochet For Cancer, we are Warm Stitches From The Heart. We would love if you wanted to make the trip to meet with us! But I think there is a new Chapter that just started in Sacramento! Check out Crochet For Cancer website CrochetForCancer.org and check it out, you would be very much welcome!!!

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      • June 10, 2014 at 6:55 pm
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        Terri, I live in Stockton and would be interested in more information on your group. I’ll look for you on Facebook! Thanks!!

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  • May 9, 2014 at 7:24 pm
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    Would like to find cancer patients to donate hats, lapgans, shawls etc. to. I am located in Pattonsburg, MO. Closest large town would be Kansas City, KS or MO. Thank you.

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  • May 9, 2014 at 2:47 pm
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    I would like to join a group that crochets for cancer patients, or caps for kids or babies. I live in Red Oak, Ok. which is in the southeastern part of the state.

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  • May 9, 2014 at 1:22 pm
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    Have been sending hats to Hats4the Homeless in NJ…yes at my own expense..they have a website

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  • May 9, 2014 at 11:06 am
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    I am a part of Markham Fair, Needlecraft Committee. We used to have classes(for competition) of chemo caps, mittens, caps for neonatal babies and decorated sewn hats for the children at The Hospital for Sick Children. This past year, Sick Kids took our donations, but said that they wouldn’t take any more, due to infection control issues. The chemo caps & neonatal caps are donated to North York General Hospital’s Chemo Clinic and the Neonatal ICU, the mittens go to a church for distribution to the homeless in downtown Toronto, and we have deleted the sewn hats in this year’s competitions. Other Fairs in Ontario also have classes that are donated to charities. Our participants get their prize ribbons and receive the prize money, but the items are donated. Often, people will bring in bags of the items to go along with the one entered in the Fair. It would be great to hear of other charities that require items. Thanks, Mikey and your gang for all your hard work.

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  • May 9, 2014 at 10:56 am
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    Looking for places to donate patchwork lapghans and crochet baby/child items. Looking for locations in The Bronx, Queens and Nassau New York. Thank you

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    • June 24, 2014 at 10:39 pm
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      Here I am Maxi! My name is Sonia Wade and I am the Director of the Brooklyn Chapter-Rocky’s Wings! We provide “Newborn Immediate Need Kits” free of charge to indigent well, sickly and premature newborns. We also provide bereavement and memory items to parents who suffer the loss of their precious babies. Being an AVID crocheter..who knits occasionally means I totally appreciate handmade items. We are ALWAYS looking for handmade hats, bibs, blankets, booties and mittens to include in each kit we distribute! My organization..Newborns In Need is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization which has been around since 1992. My chapter is actually the third one in New York…the Brooklyn Chapter-Rocky’s Wings currently services newborns in the five boroughs.

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      • June 25, 2014 at 11:03 am
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        Morning… be sure to fill out our form on the page if you would like to be listed… It’s too had to search through comments to know what I have haven’t done already. I’m keeping the registrations on file here to stay organized.

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  • May 9, 2014 at 10:47 am
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    I don’t see any groups listed for Oregon. Is there a group near Salem or Dallas Oregon? I would love to join a group or donate through a local charity. :) Thanks so much for all you do, Mikey! I have learned so much from you! :)

    Jenn

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    • May 9, 2014 at 11:31 am
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      I am in Portland, OR and would like a list of local charities needing donations .

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      • June 4, 2014 at 1:44 pm
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        I belong to a group of volunteers in Clackamas County, Oregon City area that make articles for nursing homes, first borns at 4 hospitals, homeless, Head Start, or any agency that needs assistance. We take requests. I do crocheting for babies, Head Start, etc. The name of group is Cover Up, website CoverUp.Program@comcast.net. We meet the first Thursday of the month. Jo Durkin

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  • May 9, 2014 at 10:23 am
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    Here’s an idea for those who don’t have a group nearby to join, but would love to provide help to those in need. Hospice patients seem to always be chilly. Shawls don’t have to be elaborate, but can still be very attractive. Just because you are very ill doesn’t mean you don’t care about your appearance or still being feminine. The ladies absolutely love them. The patients can use them when sitting up in chairs or propped up in bed. For the men, they love lapghans. There is always a local chapter nearby.

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  • May 9, 2014 at 10:12 am
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    I would love to help start or join crochet group in the Salisbury N.C or Albermarle N.C area. Crocheting for Children with Cancer, was the first ideal that hit me when I read this article. All the toys made from crocheting is such a great plan. Please e-mail if interested.. Thanks

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    • June 1, 2014 at 12:47 pm
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      Hi Doni, I’m near the Fayetteville area and I’m looking a group to crochet to run for ar parts. Keep in with too. I love making things and donating them. Would love to know if your close to my area?Thanks, keep in touch, maybe we can work together.

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  • May 9, 2014 at 9:51 am
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    I would love to attend or participate in a crochet ir jnit group pls

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    • May 9, 2014 at 9:58 am
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      You haven’t stated where you are to narrow down where you are for people to know where you would like the group to be.

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      • June 5, 2014 at 8:09 pm
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        Thank you Mikey for doing this for us. I feel so Happy after I deliver hats to my local hospital. They are so happy some one is back making hats for those patients who are undergoing treatment at this time. We are located in San Bruno, Ca.

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