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When knitting a project for someone else, there are serious perks. You can wow friends and relatives with your skills and give them something they will treasure for years. Thatís a great feeling, but for many knitters, the best feeling is simply knowing that you gave something to keep a loved one warm and thatís a very special way of saying you care for them. The feeling when a knitter sees her hat on someoneís head is so satisfying that it can become addictive.  That being so, itís only natural that there are a number of organizations that accept knit goods and deliver them to the needy. Here are two examples of charities where you can send your projects.

Caps for Good: This initiative collects newborn- and preemie-sized hats and brings them to hospitals in low-income, developing areas all over the world. The first month of a babyís life is critical: studies have shown that keeping babiesí heads covered during that time, and also later on, goes a long way towards ensuring a healthy, happy baby. It may seem so obvious and easy to prevent, but in some places, the infant survival rate is directly affected by whether the newborns are kept warm enough. This program grew out of the Knit One, Save One campaign of 2008, which collected over 100,000 caps for babies which were sent all over the world. It is run by a collaboration between two other charities, Warm Up America and Save the Children. For more information, you can check out the siteís website at www.goodgoes.org/caps. There are also pattern kits available at www.craftyarncouncil.com. This kit not only gives you patterns, but also information about the program and where to send the caps.

Blankets for Deployed Daddies: This charity is designed specifically for new fathers who are serving overseas. So much about being away during a time like that is incredibly hard, but one of the hardest is knowing youíre not there to bond with your newborn. Blankets for Deployed Daddies knits blankets for servicemen who use them for a period of time and then send them to their new son or daughter. The yarn used is a cotton blend, which helps to hold the scent for a longer period of time. The blankets are sent with a sealed bag to the soldier overseas, who uses it, then seals it in the bag for his children. Older children also benefit from the reminder and itís a touching way to keep the ties of family connected. You can find info at their website here: www.blanketsfordeployeddaddies.com.

There are also countless small ways to knit for charity without working with a larger organization. Simply call your local hospitalís neonatal unit and see what their rules are for accepting donated hats. Usually they will tell you they need to be made with baby yarn and must be washable. You can also make scarves and items for adults and donate them to local shelters. Blankets, hats, scarves, these can all go a long way towards keeping someone warm. Itís important to remember that while knitting is a wonderful hobby, there are real ways it can be a great hobby that helps you do good deeds for others.

by Sarah Carbone

 

 

 

 

 

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