Bundles of Love is a lovely (no pun intended) organization in Minnesota that strives to provide needy area families of newborns with basic necessities. These include handmade baby clothing, bedding, and care supplies. This organization has been around since 2001 after founder Mary Jo discovered just how many infants and families were in need. As so many charity crafters have done, she determined to use her own skills to help, digging into her love for sewing to make clothing and other needed items. Since her humble beginnings–Mary Jo’s very first goal was to create 5 infant layettes for an area pregnancy crisis center–Bundles of Love has exploded. As of this writing, Bundles of Love supports about 60 hospitals and other assistance organizations all over the state of Minnesota. To take one year’s work as an example, in 2013 over 100,000 items were made an donated to needy families!
How You Can Help
As is common with charities like these, there are many ways you can help. Take a look at this page that explains what goes into a “bundle.” You can create any of these items, as many as you want, and it will be gratefully accepted by Bundles of Love. You can be sure that what you create will go to a needy family to help a beautiful newborn baby grow. You can also purchase additional needed supplies (also listed on the above-linked page) and help contribute to newborn bundles that way. If you enjoy working to support a charity in a group, Bundles of Love has a multitude of local workgroups in which you can gather for knitting as well as other non-crafting related tasks. You can help additionally with fundraising, delivering bundles, teaching others crafting skills, and so on. A list of volunteer needs is available at this page. And a list of workgroup locations can be found here. Don’t forget to spread the word, especially among other Minnesotans! Their Facebook page makes it easy to show friends the great work they’re doing. What a wonderful opportunity for Minnesota folks to get involved in helping needy families with newborns. So if you love charity knitting and live in Minnesota, this could be just the group you’re looking for!