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"When a poor person dies of hunger, it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her. It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed. We have refused to be instruments of love in the hands of God to give the poor a piece of bread, to offer them a dress with which to ward off the cold. It has happened because we did not recognize Christ when, once more, he appeared under the guise of pain, identified with a man numb from the cold, dying from hunger, when he came in a lonely human being, in a lost child in search of a home."    Mother Teresa

Bev's Country Cottage posts links only to charities I believe are reputable in nature and are actually helping others with your handmade contributions.
To add your charity please email BEV with the following info: Organization name, contact person's email address, mailing address, you MUST have a blog, website, facebook page for me to list, what handmade items are needed, special info like only use 100% wool, only certain colors etc.

If you email me to add your 'orphanage', your shelter etc and don't include all of the above specifics, I cannot list you.


 ***  This page has been on my website for many years, and not all charities email me to let me know if they no longer accept donations.  You may wish to email web owners to ask if they still are in need, or if they have added more needs to their list.

Pediatrics - places who need your preemie items etc.

South Africa

Afghans 4 Afghans - (San Francisco, CA) is a humanitarian and educational people-to-people project that is sending hand-knit and crocheted blankets, sweaters, hats, mittens, and socks to the beleaguered people of Afghanistan. Patterns, mailing info and more!

Afghans for Angels Headquarters is a project where you can make afghans which are wrapped around precious little ones who die, so they can be wrapped up for their parents to say bittersweet hellos and sorrowful goodbyes. The blanket is then given to the parents as a remembrance of their precious angel.
Location of all the A for A chapters
Afghans for Angels - Maine Chapter -  Homemade blankets for grieving families
Afghans for Angels - New York, NY Chapter - free blanket and tiny hat patterns. Be part of the healing for new parents. 

Angels For Hope - They send out send out sweet angels, butterflies, and smiley faces to those in need. Patterns available to members only.

Aubrey's Angels- March 2012 - "Aubrey’s Angels is non profit, charitable group, in San Antonio built of love, to help meet the very special needs of precious sick babies whose parents are in need of help.We want each family to know, without a doubt, that there are people who love their tiny angels, are praying for them, and want to help by crocheting, sewing, knitting, and quilting hats, booties, afghans, mitts, angel layettes (burial layettes), diaper shirts, etc. working from home.We also make afghans and lap blankets for chemo and dialysis patients in San Antonio. The group is named after my precious grandaughter, Aubrey, who left us to be with Jesus on March 18, 2011 at the age of 9 months."

  Baby Threads of NH  This organization makes quilts and puts together layette bags filled with clothing, disposable diapers, receiving blankets and other items to help clothe and care for newborn babies. Baby Threads also coordinates many other projects for needy children, homeless families and families in need of a helping hand.  They can use handmade baby items of all kinds-- booties, hats, blankets, sleepers, and things like teddy bears and dolls, afghans, mittens and hats for all ages!

(updated January 2016)  Beth's Hats For Hope Initiative: Massachusetts  (accepts hats. scarves etc.)
Need: Mainly hats but also scarves, mittens, slippers and other items. Any color or material can be used except Angora.

(Added - Jan 2013)  Big Hearts of the Lowcountry - We are located in Summerville,SC. We are always in need of many hats, mittens, scarves, stuffed animals, shawls, afghans, etc. Big Hearts Of The Lowcountry is a community organization that helps other organizations and people in need. We are on Facebook. We can be reached by email at

Binky Patrol collects blankets and quilts for children who are abandoned, in foster care, experiencing trauma and those born HIV positive, drug addicted, or with terminal illnesses. There are chapters in various locations in the USA.

*** CAREWEAR - - needs volunteers all over the USA to help make items for babies/kids in hospitals.  Listings by states too.

Caring For Cooper - added Aug 2008 - yahoo group helping babies - NICU and labor and delivery items needed.

Charitable organizations who accept knitted and crocheted items are listed state by state. There are so many needy people out there who need our help, please read this page on Woolworks.

Cheyene River - helping Native Americans with warm clothing. and

Color-A-Smile A non-profit organization spreading smiles with cheerful drawings. Incredible charity that accepts kids 8.5" x 11" drawings and coloring, to be given to those in nursing homes, veteran homes, and so forth.  A fabulous way to start our children out giving to others.

Updated July 2016  Contagious Hope Ministries is a non-profit organization that supplies hope to children in orphanages. Volunteers Needed

These children are also always in need of clothing, shoes, handmade  blankets, quilts, soft toys, prayer shawls, baby booties, hat's, mittens, scarf's and whatever else the Lord places on your heart.
We are also able to put together blankets if you would like to send your handmade crocheted or knitted squares to us.
Prayers,  first-aid supplies, toothbrushes, bars of soap and other essentials are also always welcomed.    For any further questions or to see photo's please go to
You can mail any donations that you may have to:
Contagious Hope Ministries
5825 W Wathen Ave
Fresno, CA  93722

Don't be Afraid, I am Here Bears -

"Dont be afraid.. I am here, bears".. and it is becoming a community of woman who created any kind, knitted, crocheted or sewn bears  with a smile to traumatized children who are being removed from the only home they have ever known and away from the only people they have ever known in their young lives, to calm their fears and provide something familiar to hold onto during this horribly scarey time for them.. The bears will be distributed by the CPS workers when they go to remove the child. The Grandparents for childrens rights group has chapters nationwide and wants to take this project nationwide.. these little lost children so need something to hold on to..  thank you
here is the website:
and here is the Ravelry group:

Free Knit Patterns from Woolworks -suitable for making to donate to charities or for family and friends.

Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation  Yahoo group - making warm items to help those in need on this reservation They now have a website with links to many excellent free patterns!

From Ewe To You - NEW July 2011 The mission of 'From Ewe to You' is to provide crocheted or knitted blankets, scarves, booties, and hats to the less fortunate in my community and to patients in our local hospitals in NC. All sizes needed (men, women, children). We will also accept donations of supplies such as yarn, ribbons, and buttons. A monetary donation is always appreciated.

God's Tiny Angels   Everyday across the world there are babies born ill or in need. Some of God's babies have little more than a tiny diaper. Imagine what you could do to make their new lives a little warmer!  You can help by knitting or crocheting items. (April 2015)  is a 501c-3 charitable organization. We work to supply homeless and low invcome US Veterans with food,clothing, housing and other support. We need knit and crochet hats, gloves, sweaters for our homeless vets. Veterans prefer varigated darker color yarns. Solid blues, greens, browns are ok, too.
We also accept #4 yarn donations for our Lapghans for wheelchair Vets in assisted living. No fringes on lapghans-they get caught in the wheels.  Please send donations to 

Hearts and Homes for veterans, attn 
Virginia Trotta, 1639 Cape coral Parkway East, #205A, Cape Coral, Fl 33904

- non-profit organization collecting and distributing handmade hats.  "
Our mission is to distribute hand-made (either knit or crochet) hats to
cancer patients across the country who are undergoing chemo treatments.  We believe something made from the heart helps heal the human spirit.  However, we cannot do it without the help of our fellow knitters and crocheters."

Heartmade Blessings - Heartmade Blessings is a not-for-profit, world-wide group of volunteers dedicated to providing hand-crafted items to those people suffering a loss, tragedy, or going through a rough time that need to be reminded of the simple fact that people care.  They have a yahoo group also.

Hugs4Hope - yahoo group(North Carolina, South Carolina, and New York)  We are a group of crafters that knit, crochet, or sew baby items for preemie and newborn babies, providing hand made items for babies in need. Our goal is to share our ideas and talents to help the babies. We currently provide for babies in North Carolina, South Carolina, and New York.

Hugs For Homeless Animals dedicated to homeless and displaced animals. With patterns and info on how to help.
eg: Snuggles Blankets patterns and info. Blankets are given to animals in shelters to make their cages more comfortable to sit in. Please help! Monetary donations are greatly appreciated so they can ship the blankets. A tax deductable donation form is available also.

Added March 2013 Kathy's Hats for Hope Initiative-Illinois
 Contact Name:   Kathy Wakefield
 Organization address:  PO Box 96, Fairmount, Illinois  61841
 Handmade Items needed are: Hats (infants thru Adults) scarves, mittens( children thru adults), dontations of yarns(no wool or angora please)
 Contact email address:
Find us on Facebook too.

3440 Olentangy River Road 
Columbus, OH  43202 
a great camp and service provider for children with cancer.  Would love teddy bears, blankets, cancer caps and more for the kids.

Knots of -Added - April 2008 - brightening the lives of people in need in a loving and caring way by knitting, crocheting, loom knitting, chemo caps for many centers to give out to their patients.  Brighten someone's world today. Portland, OR -
Will accept warm, handmade items for several oprhanages in Easter Europe.

 Kids Cancer Connection  (July 2016) 
We would like to expand the need to 15,000 knitted caps, baseball caps, etc. for our Magical Caps for Kids program. These wonderful "gifts of love" are provided to children suffering from hair loss and distributed at children's hospitals across the United States.
KCC Family House c/o Dr. Amy Firestein
20978 Bandera Street
Woodland Hills, CA 91364

Marine Corps Kids - NEW!  (July 2007)  700,000 children in this country have a parent at war. When babies are born to deployed troops, it's doubly hard for both mom and dad.  This group sends care packages to the families of deployed troops when babies are born. The packages might include a hand-crafted baby afghan, cap or bonnet, booties or toy. With sufficient resources, we'll also be able to include a handmade toy for other kids in the family.

Moms On a Mission - One mother helping another. Making burial gowns and more.

Newborns in Need - (Feb 2008 - updated) in need of baby clothing, baby items and blankets for the sick and needy babies we donate to in hospitals, homeless shelters, crisis centers and foster homes all across the United States. All donations will be acknowledged with a thank you letter and tax deductible receipt as we are a 501 (c) 3 charity registered with the IRS.  We accept anything to do with babies - new or gently used clothing or blankets and hygiene items, and fabric & yarn for our volunteers to create the much needed baby items.Please send donations to

Newborns in Need
National Office3323 Transou Road
Pfafftown, NC 27040
phone 877-231-5097

Online Angels  (oct 2011)  Online Angels......We spread loveghan box at a time  :)
Join the Online Angels

* Make 6" knit or crochet squares for our Love-ghans
. We can share any homemade crosses, angels, cards, or whatever you make to cheer the person up when they receive their care boxes. Or you can donate yarn, craft supplies, material, thread, health and beauty items, children's toys, stuffed animals, slippers, cards, angels, crosses,baby items, chemo hats, eyeglasses, school supplies, hats, scarves, gloves oranything you think someone would like to receive.

P2 Designs - free charity patterns for everyone- preemies to adults.  Fabulous site!


  Project Linus Chapters

 Project Linus MAIN PAGE - making blankets for children in trauma situations all over the world.

Project Linus NJ - (headquartered in the Monmouth County, New Jersey)  Making blankets for kids in need in hospitals and so on.

Project Lunus, NC - Added Jan 2009  Wake County NC - 12,000+ Blankets providing HUGS for Children since 1996 Project Linus in Wake County, NC (national website: was started in 1996 by Susie Holmes. We have delivered over 12,000 blankets to many local agencies that help seriously ill or traumatized children who need a HUG from a blanket!


Added Dec 2007  Quilts from Caring Hands - (Oregon) you can help make quilts for children in need!

(added Oct 2008)  Items needed: caps, vests, helmets or socks, men's colors only; machine washable 4-ply yarn (socks may be 3-ply); do not mix yarns within the garment; ombre, varigated, tweed or flecked yarns are okay. Patterns are available on the site.
The Seamen's Church Institute
Christmas at Sea
241 Water Street
New York, NY 10038

Tel: 212.349.9090 - wonderful, free sewing patterns for things like isolette covers, wheelchair totes, bunnies and more!

Sewing For Babies - (Nebraska) We knit, sew, and crochet, for sick and needy babies.  We also provide burial layettes. 

Sourdough Quilt Project -  a moms efforts to make 63+ quilts for the children in the orphanage where she adopted her son.

basketSPCA - and others need wildlife rescue nests for tiny birds and baby rabbits, squirrels etc.

The Shawl Ministry - the knitter begins each shawl with prayers and blessings for the recipient.  Intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl.   The shawl is then given to someone in need.

The Ships Project -  make a pair of warm slippers or a hat for our brave troups at sea. Over 10,000 warm items have been donated to this terrific cause. Photos of the troops wearing their new hats etc are shown!

Threads of Love -has sweet burial gown patterns, hats, booties, and more info.  Many chapters available. 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

Touching Little Lives Free knit and crochet patterns for preemie items--serving all of Ohio.

Vegas Schools Kids (added Jan 2016) - We have almost 500 homeless or displaced students boys and girls from pre school to 12 th grade We are in. Need of hats and scarves or yarn to make items with the team of Volunteers. Pahrump is rural and has so many in low or poverty we just have worn out volunteers yarn supply so yarn donations are always welcome  And, yes we love scrappy hats and scarves!
Barb Johnston - 1831 E Jeane Ave Pahrump, NV 89048

Warm Hearts, Warm Babies - We sew, knit, crochet, and quilt for premature infants and babies in need in Colorado. Be sure to read their
wonderful newsletter there too!

Wrap them in Love - Arlington, WA   Making and collecting donated quilts to distribute to children around the world so, they can be
wrapped in the love of
a quilt.



Blankets for Canada - Individuals making nice,warm blankets for those in need in Canada. There are chapters in all of the Provinces and
they are listed on the main website.

Hats Off For Cancer -  making and collecting 'collecting brand new, cool and funky hats for children with cancer across Canada.

Heaven, My Blanket - crochets baby blankets to comfort families who have lost an infant or child in Canada.
Afghans should be made out of baby yarn in white or pastel colors.

Teddies for Tragedy -   address online!!   free patterns, photos of the kids who have received a bear, info on where to send the bears.

Warming Families - In Brampton and greater Toronto, Ontario... making warm items for the homeless.

ENGLAND and United Kingdom

Algerian Action
  -  (Jan 2008)  Contact: Emma Waller U.K. based non-profit project group which provides toys and clothing to needy children in Algeria. We need handmade toys, sweaters/cardigans, hats and dresses/jumpers for children aged between 0-10 years.  They also have a page asking for handmade cushions which they sell to make money for Algerian Action. 

Bonnie Babies - (Scotland)  A sweet charity in Scotland to make preemie outfits, burial gowns, blankets, buntings  and other needed baby items for little ones who don't make it. Wonderful pattern links, a forum, poems and more.

Australia and New Zealand

none currently

South Africa

None currently

  added March 2015 -updated Jan 2016
LILY (love in the language of yarn) Helping the refugees in Syria - mainly the orphans

LILY C/O Dianne Jones
Turkmen Mahlesi
Ünlü Sokak No 10 D 4

Founded in memory of Lily Iris Gibson born sleeping 18th July 2010. Our main object is to provide blankets for Syrian refugee children in camps in Turkey. Secondly to provide winter warmers to orphans in orphanages throughout Turkey, and to provde NICU's in several Turkish hospitals with blankets and garments for premature babies. We need all really  for the Syrian refugees and orphans , hats, scarfs, socks,  etc, we also need squares to make blankets - 8 inch squares knitted or crocheted, acrylic or wool , any colour or stitch, for prem babies  hats, booties, mitten, blankets.
Our blankets are lovingly made by adults and children from all walks of life and many different countries around the world. They provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to Syrian refugee children who have been made homeless by war and will send a message of concern and hope. Your participation is important in sending this message of hope, the thought that someone cares, that this beautiful, handmade blanket was created especially for them. It doesn't really matter what it looks like: even the most basic knitted blanket patterns will yield perfect results – a smile :)

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