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Crocheting for Homeless Shelters and Hospitals -- Marian's Story

Share Your Story: Crochet Enthusiasts Share Their Experiences With Crocheting for Charity

By Marian

What Types of Items Do You Crochet for Charity?

I am just getting started on my project to donate to charity. I plan to donate baby blankets to a local hospital and dish cloths and scarves to a homeless shelter. I have been making hundreds of dish cloths just for something to do and giving to friends, family, and acquaintances. My grandchildren; girl, 7 and boy 9,come every summer to "Grandparents Camp." Next summer we will take the things I have made during the year and the things they make that week to a local hospital for "babies who don't have all the nice things we do." I decided it's time for them to start thinking about service to others. Happy day to you!

Which Organization(s) Do You Donate Crocheted Items To?

The local hospital and women's homeless shelter. I chose these organizations because they seem to see the most people in need. At some point I may choose the men's homelss shelter, but for now I plan to focus on women, children, and families.


  • Make sure the charity you choose is one that can really use your items to avoid having to take them back and wondering what to do with them. Choose your market carefully.

Have Your Experiences All Been Positive?

My previous service projects have been well-accepted.

Which Yarn(s) Do You Use When Crocheting for Charity?

I plan to use up my stash of worsted both acrylic and cotton as well as some eyelash for scarves.

Where Do You Acquire the Yarns?

Michael's, JoAnn's, Dollar Tree, Hancock's, WalMart

Amy Solovay, About.com Crochet, says:

To Everyone: If you'd like to join Marian in her charity crochet efforts, please know that you are welcome to use our free crochet patterns. We hope you'll make good use of them, and we're thrilled to know that crocheters are using them to help others in need. Here are a few links you might want to bookmark:

To Marian: Thanks so much for sharing these insights! I wish you all the best with your charity crochet projects.

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