Muench Yarn and the Mother Bear Project. Meunch Yarn works with an ongoing project to help children with HIV and AIDS. The project is run by a grass-roots, non-profit group who’s goal is to provide children in emerging nations with comfort through the gift of a hand-knitted bear. Patterns sold for $3 each, and the cost goes to shipping bears to Africa and paying the customs charges for the recipient.
Binky Patrol is a national organization in the United States that sends knitted and crocheted afgans and sewn and quilted blankets to babies, children and teens who are seriously ill, in hospitals, in foster care, in shelters, abused, homeless or experiencing any type of trauma.
Cubs for Kids is an organization that dresses commercial teddy bears and gives them to homeless children around the country at holiday time. They have free patterns for sweaters, scarves, caps, and even overalls on their website. The sweaters are made in several different techniques, including a top-down design and a seamless yoke design. If you don’t have time to knit a bear, this is a great way to contribute! Care & Cuddles International in Canada and Bears Who Care in Australia are similar charities.
Caps for Kids provides children in need with hats to keep them warm. Nearly one million caps and other children’s accessories have been knitted and crocheted by volunteers since the program began. The hats are given to non-profit, non denominational agencies in the communities of the donors. Free patterns are on the website.
Artists for Children has a page on their website with information on donating handmade toys, garments, and accessories. They have links to a lot of free patterns for knitters and crafters of all skill levels. You can also use your own patterns. They are looking for cuddly, new items to send to children in hospitals. Check it out for some great ideas.