When you give an afghan to someone in need of warmth, you give a part of yourself –your time, your energy and your skills. Set a goal to help a charity in your community by using your knitting and crocheting skills –it could become a positive lifetime activity.
Knitting and Crocheting for Charity Tips
- Use new yarn – preferably machine washable and dryable yarn that’s easy to care for
- Use bright shades – to brighten up the receiver’s day
- Send only clean items – void of animal hair and food spills
- Act local – connect with a charity in your community
- Think upbeat thoughts – pass your positive wishes along with each stitch to someone who needs them ( it will be * good for you too)
A prayer shawl is a thoughtful gift to share with someone who is grieving or immersed in difficult times. They can embrace with comfort and healing, uplift with your wishes and prayers, and bring warmth to the lost and ailing. There are many occasions to share a prayer shawl both in times of loss and celebration. No matter how simple or complex your prayer shawl, the message is the same – your kindness has been felt.
While making your prayer shawl, be sure to have positive thoughts, a prayer or blessing repeated with each stitch. Your wish will be passed on to the recipient.
Babies all over the world are born into situations beyond their control. Share your love of knitting and crocheting with premature, critically ill or disadvantaged babies. Your handmade treasures of blankets, booties and hats will help them off to a warm, bright start.
Be sure to contact hospitals and shelters in your community – they may have specific requests for baby items that you can help fulfill.
Be sure to use yarn that can be machine washed and dried –your treasures will be cherished for years to come and become keepsakes for a grateful family.
Knit and crochet projects are always in high demand at church bazaars and fundraising events throughout the year. We have compiled several tips for holding a prosperous event – starting with amazing projects to purchase.
Tips and fresh ideas for a thriving charity bazaar
Don’t go it alone. Talk to your neighbors,co-workers, post a notice on the bulletin board at work, at your charity organization or church group, but organize a group of people to help you– you will have much more fun.
Price check! Be sure to have all your items clearly priced so there is no confusion – clean, simple tags will do the trick. When the masses start arriving you will be happy you pretagged everything.
Don’t forget the cookies. Everyone loves baked goods – cookies, bars, squares, cupcakes, muffins, pies, cakes – all are perfect for fundraising.Attach the recipe for an extra incentive.
It’s all in the delivery! Present the items as they would be used. Knitted hats will look best on a head, even if it is a styrofoam ball. It will give your customers an idea of how it will look. Baby booties stuffed with tissue look better sitting on the tables. Crocheted dishcloths look best grouped in coordinating shades and tied with a pretty ribbon.
Time. Give yourself plenty of time to prepare –6 months before the event is a good time for the first meeting.
Everybody loves a bargain! Offer deals,buy 1 at $4.00, 2 at $7.50 and 3 at $10.