Knitting Charities: Plant Seeds of Kindness in The Garden State

Knitting charities abound in the Garden State just as the beautiful flowers this states is known for.

Join with the kind-hearted knitters of New Jersey and plant seeds of kindness and caring as you help others in need.

Hats for the Homeless

Hats for the Homeless began when John Carroll died suddenly in 1998. Who was John Carroll? He was a man who cared for those less fortunate and had a heart for the homeless. Hats for the Homeless was created to carry on the memory of John Carroll and all the good he did in his lifetime.

This organization can use hats, scarves, mittens that they give to the homeless in their area to help keep them warm. Knit for charity and send your knitted donations to: Hats for the Homeless, 905 Main Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601. For more information, you can visit their website or e-mail them at info@hats4thehomeless.org.

Blankie Depot

Blankie Depot is a nonprofit organization dedicated to offering handmade blankets to New Jersey children suffering from serious illness or trauma. They accept other handmade items as well, including infant hats, chemo caps, newborn booties and layettes, children’s sweaters, gloves/mittens, scarves, and plush toys.

These items are distributed to a variety of service locations all over New Jersey, including state hospitals, cancer treatment centers, health and behavioral clinics, homeless shelters, youth hospice, grief counselors, special needs day camps, and state nonprofit organizations serving children and youth.

Interested? Check out the Blankie Depot website for more information, including guidelines and drop-off locations.

Two other knitting charities in New Jersey include Wrapped in Love (written about just a few weeks ago!) and the hugely successful Emily’s Hats for Hope, which has spawned spin-offs all over the country and the world! Or, you can knit Twiddle Muffs for seniors with dementia or Alzheimer’s, as detailed in the linked article.

There are plenty of ways to knit for charity in New Jersey. So if you’re a Jersey gal or guy, why not pick up your needles and knit for one of these great programs?