Many crochet enthusiasts use their time and talents to make items for donation to various charities. Some focus on making items for the homeless; some donate to charities for children; others crochet items for the troops; still others make chemo caps, hats for preemies, and a wide variety of other projects.
When a person is inspired to get started with crocheting for charity, (s)he usually has many questions:
- What can I do to help?
- Who is in need of the crocheted items I will make?
- How can I best connect with the people who need the things I could make?
- What kinds of items should I make?
- Are there charities and organizations who accept these types of donations?
- How do I best approach them?
- What kind of yarn should I use?
If you already have experience with crocheting for charity, chances are good that you could help potential donors with some, or all, of the answers to the above questions. So, to those of you who crochet for charity, I'd like to invite you to share your story with others.
Each story will be unique, but together they will create a resource that could help to inspire countless future donors. Thanks in advance to everyone who contributes.
Updated to Add:
Thanks to Sue in Oregon, who was the first to tell her story. She has recommended some charities that she supports, and she has also given some valuable advice to other potential donors. Read her story here. I hope her story will inspire you!
Many other responses are accessible from this page. Thanks to all of you who have written about your experiences, and thanks in advance to everyone who will contribute future responses.