45+ Crafts for Charities


Volunteer work can be a rewarding experience and is an important part of society. You can make a difference by completing craft projects in the comfort of your own home and donating craft items to worthy charities or you can join a local organization that crafts for a charity. 

Craft for a cause and help a wonderful charity in the progress. Whether you quilt, sew, knit, or crochet, there is a charity that can use your projects!

How to get started crafting for a charity?

  • Pick a charity first - locally or nationally
  • Find out the types of handmade items they want
  • Read the charity guidelines carefully.  Many have specific requirements for the type of material to use, size, color, etc.
  • Contact the organization with any questions you have

Where can I donate my handmade craft items? 

Look below for a list of charities that can use your help. 

If you want your homemade craft items to stay local, try calling local establishments to find out what they need.  Some ideas are:

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing Homes
  • Animal Shelters or Rescue Centers
  • Homeless Shelters
  • Women's Shelters

Teach Kids About Charity

You can teach your own kid about giving back or you can involve a kids organization such as 4-H or scouts in giving back by using arts and crafts time for projects.  By giving and helping others, the child will become a kind, empathetic, and caring person.

Some ideas would be to:

Call a local animal shelter and see what types of blankets or animal toys they are accepting as donations.  Or donation blankets and toys to Comfort for Critters.

With Color A Smile they can make a cheerful drawing for senior citizens, our troops overseas and anyone who needs a smile.

In conjunction with Operation Gratitude, kids can make paracord "survival" bracelets for our troops overseas and first responders.

Mail cards and letters to deployed soldiers through Support Our Troops.

Charity Craft Links

Find some great ideas for your craft talents by reading on.  You can make the world a bit better and brighter with your handmade projects donated to charity.  Don't forget to bookmark or pin this page for future reference.

Are you a charity that would like to be listed here?  It is simple.  As long as you are a charity that needs handmade items, we can include it.  Please contact us and let us know about your charity.

45+ Crafts for Charities

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1 Million Pillowcase Challenge

Turn your love of quilting and sewing into messages of comfort, hope and love – for a foster child, a cancer patient, victims of domestic violence, and others bu donating pillowcase to local charities in your community.

A Million Thanks

This organization collects and distributes millions of letters of thanks and support and send them directly to our active, reserve, and veteran military.

Afghan to Afghans

Afghans for Afghans is a humanitarian and educational people-to-people project that sends hand-knit and crocheted blankets and sweaters, vests, hats, mittens, and socks to the beleaguered people of Afghanistan.

American Hero Quilts

American Hero Quilts provide recognition and an appreciation for our wounded service men and women. each quilt as a metaphoric hug and a way to express our gratitude for their service to our country. Learn how you can help.

Angels of Hope

Angels for Hope is a nonprofit organization that offers free crocheted angels to severely injured and/or chronically ill people or for anyone in need of hope.

Binky Patrol

A non-profit organization which makes and distributed homemade sewn, knitted, crocheted or quilted blanket to children ages 0 to 18 in need.

Blue Jeans Go Green

Recycle your denim to help better the world one pair of jeans at a time! They partner with retailers throughout the year so that people around the country can recycle their denim locally. Just grab your old denim and look for a store or event near you. Blue Jeans Go Green

Bridge and Beyond

Helping homeless, and others in need in Central Ohio through knitting, crocheting, and looming.

Bundle of Love

Volunteer groups meet regularly throughout the Twin Cities and in southeastern Minnesota to sew, knit and crochet essential clothing and blankets for these infants. Volunteers also work from their homes as their schedules allow. Anyone can volunteer!

Capes for Kids

Sew capes for children to provide inner strength and courage, imagination and courage for those in shelters. Learn how you can help.

Care Wear

Care Wear is a nationwide group of volunteers who knit, crochet, and/or sew, providing handmade baby items to hospitals. All Care Wear items are given free to infants, children and their parents. Care Wear

Chemo Caps

ChemoCaps is a group of knitters that donate their time by making hand-knit caps for cancer patients in hospital oncology units and hospice.

Color A Smile

Color A Smile is a nonprofit organization that distributes cheerful drawings to Senior Citizens, Our Troops Overseas, and anyone in need of a smile. This charity is a way to get kids involved in giving.

Comfort Cases - Help kids in foster care

Comfort cases can use bibs, baby & small blankets or quilts, Pjs, coloring books, stuffed animals and more! Contact their Community Engagement Coordinator to find out ways you can help! Our quilt guild has supported them for a few years now by making quilts. Comfort Cases

Comfort for Critters

Comfort for Critters is a volunteer program that donates free handmade blankets and toys to comfort homeless pets living in animal shelters across the US. They support over 200 shelters, which are in every US state!

Days for Girls

Days for Girls provides sustainable feminine hygiene supplies for girls in developing countries so they do not need to miss school or work. You can help.

Enchanted Makeovers

Enchanted Makeovers’ nurtures women and children living in shelters and also supports women and female veterans through our educational/mentoring program. How can you help? They are always in need of pillowcases, twin size quilts, baby quilts, handmade dolls and capes for kids.

Feel Better Friends

Make handmade dolls stuffed with love and well wishes to be donated to children battling cancer and other illnesses.

Firehouse Quilts of Colorado, Inc.

Firehouse Quilts is a non-profit group of volunteers that makes and donates snuggle quilts to Colorado fire departments, hospitals, victim advocate offices & twin size quilts to Battered Women's Shelters to be given to children & their mothers in time of crisis.

Girls Love Mail

The Gift of Hand-Written Letters to Women Newly Diagnosed with Breast Cancer

Handmade Especially For You

This organization makes and distributes comfort scarves to shelters for abused women.

Hat Box Foundation

Distributes handmade to people with cancer or others in need.

Hats 4 the Homeless

Help the Homeless! If you know how to crochet or knit or would like to just donate a hat, scarf or pair of gloves, then send them to the address at the website.

I Found a Quilted Heart

Make quilted hearts, attach a printable tag provided by the web site and then leave your hearts in public places to be found and cheer someone up! I Found a Quilted Heart

Kascare's Knit-A-Square

Crochet blanket square for AIDS orphans in Africa.

Kindness Rocks Project

Paint rocks and leave them for people to find to cheer or inspire them. Kindness Rocks Project

Knit a Square

Knit a Square brings together knitters from around the world to collaborate in knitting blankets and afghans for orphaned children around the world.

Knitted Knockers

Knitting Knockers provides free light comfortable knitted prosthetic to women who have had a mastectomy. The knitted prosthetic is placed in a bra and has the shape and feel of a real breast, and are more comfortable than silicone prosthetic. breasts.

Knitting for Kids

Bring the warmth and comfort of handmade sweaters to children in need. World Vision

Knots of Love

This organization provides warm hand-knit and crochet caps children, women, and men going through chemo and tiny Neonatal blankets for fragile new lives in incubators. Start stitching and give.

Little Dresses for Africa

Little Dresses for Africa is a non-profit organization, whose mission is to provide dresses to little girls and shorts to little boys in Africa. Little Dresses for Africa

Little Yellow Duck Project

Make little yellow ducks and leave them for someone to find. Little Yellow Duck Project

Mother Bear Project

Make bears for children affected by HIV/AIDS.

Newborn in Need

Newborns in Need is a volunteer organization that focuses on providing babies needed essentials during the first days of life. You can help by making items at home or joining a local chapter and help make baby items.

Operation Graditude

Crafters can make handmade items such as hats, scarves, paracord bracelets that can be included in care packages to express deep appreciation for service and sacrifice of service members. In addition, you can write letters to troops, veterans, wounded warriors and caregivers.

Pillows for Paws

This is a community organization based in New York City to help NYC animal shelters. Join our NYC monthly meet-ups where like-minded, animal-loving people come together to sew beds and create cat, dog and rabbit toys PLUS have a good time!

Preemie Project

Handcrafted hats, booties and blankets are given to premature and critically ill infants and their families at The University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.

Pretty Pockets

Sew fun, discreet drain bulb covers as FREE GIFTS for breast cancer surgery patients.

Project Linus

This organization makes handmade blankets and afghans for seriously ill and needy children.

Quilt for Kids

Quilts for Kids transforming fabrics into patchwork quilts to comfort children facing serious illness, trauma, abuse and natural disasters. Learn how to help.

Quilts of Valor

The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover ALL combat service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.

Recycle Card Program

Donate cards to St. Jude's Ranch for Children - children repurpose old greeting cards into new cards. Learn more... St. Jude's Ranch for Children

Ryan's Case for Smiles

Make whimsical pillowcases to give children an emotional boost, while resources and tools help families better understand and cope with the experience. Learn more about this worthwhile charity. Ryan's Case for Smiles

Scarves Around Trees

Scarves Around Trees

This is a charitable project anyone can do. Just knit, crochet, sew or even unwanted scarves and tie them around trees and fence post in parks and well-traveled areas. The purpose is to make a warm scarf readily available to the homeless or anyone else who may need it. Click link to learn more about this.

Sew For Hope Kids

This is a community-based group affiliated with Big Bend Homeless Coalition in Tallahassee, FL. Our group makes and gives away quilts and blankets to children who are homeless, impoverished, or in crisis. Join the group and help.

Snuggles Project

The Snuggles Project is a very important project for Hugs for Homeless Animals. It provides snuggles which are crochet, knit or quilted security blankets to shelter animals.

Stitchin For Kids

Stitchin For Kids is a community-based organization in Lafayette, California who create gifts for children requiring extended stays in hospitals. The gifts are intended to entertain as well as to provide comfort. See how you can help.

The Giving Doll

The mission of The Giving Doll is to give faith, love, joy, hope and comfort to children worldwide, at times of special need through the construction and distribution of handmade cloth dolls.

The Hugs Project

Make flat bears for sending to the troops overseas.

The Red Scarf Project

Red scarves are sent to foster youth in colleges and training programs across the country.

Threads of Love

Threads of Love, through the effort and support of many participants in chapters across the country, provides clothing, blankets and other handmade articles for tiny premature and sick infants.

Tiny Stitches

Tiny Stitches is a community organization that helps North Georgia’s smallest, neediest new residents stay dry and warm by sewing, knitting and crocheting items. Be a volunteer.

Warm Up America

Warm Up America is committed to providing hand knitted and crocheted blankets, clothing, and accessories made by volunteers across the country and donated to people in need.

Woolly Hugs

Woolly Hugs is an online community making special blankets and other items to donate to a variety of causes.

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