Knitting for charity is especially enjoyable when it helps you feel connected to others. Not only connected to a cause, though that of course a great feeling, but also to other people who are dedicated to the same goals and mission. Springfield Stitches for a Cause is exactly this kind of knitting charity. What makes Springfield Stitches for a Cause special is that it doesn’t discriminate. Periodically the group chooses a charity to support, and they then dedicate their efforts towards creating items for that charity. They also don’t discriminate by craft; they accept crocheters and those who love to sew as well.
Some of the knitting charities Springfield Stitches for a Cause have supported include the following:
Network for Strength (cancer support organization for women – chemo caps)
Sojourn Shelter & Services (domestic violence shelter – washcloths)
Memorial Medical Center (preemie caps)
Helping Hands Homeless Shelter (adult clothing accessories)
Save Second Base, Relay for Life Cancer team (cancer-ribbon patterned items to be sold for fundraising)
Mini O Beirne Crisis Nursery (baby blankets)
Ronald McDonald House (stuffed animals)
How You Can Help
One of the great things about Springfield Stitches for a Cause is that it is a group that meets in person as well as “online.” If you live in central Illinois, you may enjoy getting together with fellow crafters and knitting together. They meet approximately every 3 months.
Meanwhile, you can keep track of their latest charitable efforts at their Springfield Stitches for a Cause blog. You can also interact with them on the Springfield Stitches for a Cause Facebook page. If you have decided you want to dive in and help out, you can e-mail Tracie, the group’s founder and director, at [email protected] You can find out exactly what you can make and how you can donate to best fit the group’s current needs.
So if you would like the chance to put your time into knitting for charity for an endless list of worthwhile causes, and especially if you live in central Illinois, why not join in the fun of knitting with Springfield Stitches for a Cause?