Since April is National Volunteer Month, it’s the ideal time for crafters—whatever the craft of choice—to take part by making crafts for a worthy cause. Whether it’s crocheting afghans, hats or shawls; sewing pillows, blankets or preemie clothes; or making stuffed animals for hospitalized children, crafting for charity not only makes you feel good, it does good. And it’s a great way to make a difference in the lives of others. Here are ten projects you can try to get involved.
Afghans for Angels
Afghans for Angels needs baby blankets for parents who have lost an infant, whether through miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death. The blankets can be made in a variety of ways and are ultimately delivered to local hospitals where they are used to wrap babies as grieving parents hold them for the last time. Parents are then given the blankets as a reminder and a comfort of those precious moments.
Angels for Hope
Angels for Hope crafters commit to sending one free crocheted angel, butterfly or smiley face every week to someone in need of hope. Each angel includes a small card to reminding the recipient that they’re not alone and that others do care for them.
American Sewing Guild’s Blankets for 2012 Community Service Project (PDF)
The American Sewing Guild (ASG) is an organization of sewing enthusiasts with activities on local and national levels, as well as some online-only events. Each year the ASG hosts a Community Service Project in an effort to give back to local communities around the country. This year the group is hosting The Blanket Project and is providing blankets for hospice patients, veterans and newborns of indigent families. Membership is not required to participate.
Husqvarna Viking® Community Comfort Cap or Comfort Pillows Project
The Husqvarna Viking® company, maker of fine sewing machines and related products encourages sewers to give back to your community by making easy-to-sew Comfort Caps or Comfort Pillows that are distributed to cancer patients and other folks recovering from facial surgery.
Love Letters: Random Cards of Kindness Inc.
Love Letters invites paper crafters and card makers to create uplifting, positive cards for children up to 18 years. Cards can be made with various supplies and each includes an message to inspire and strengthen the faith of children who need a boost of courage to reinforce their will to live.
Operation Write Home (OWH)
OWH needs card makers to help them in their mission to support USA armed forces personnel by providing blank handmade greeting cards they can use to write home to their loved ones and sending them cards of gratitude and encouragement as they’re far from home, and possibly alone.
Project Linus volunteer crafters, commonly called “blanketeers,” create handmade blankets for traumatized and seriously ill children to age 18. Blankets may incorporate many craft styles including, tied fleece blankets, quilts, crocheted or knitted blankets and more.
There are hundreds of other opportunities to use your crafting skills during National Volunteer Month and throughout the year to get involved in helping and caring for others in need.