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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 2012/2019 - "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!

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.

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 April 2019  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

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 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.  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.  FB page.
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,
2230 Alicia Street,Ft. Myers, FL 33901

- 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.

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.

  Kathy's Hats for Hope Initiative-Illinois
 Contact Name:   Kathy Wakefield   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.  FACEBOOK 

 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.   

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

Newborns in Need - 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

Online Angels  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 MAIN PAGE - making blankets for children in trauma situations all over the world

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

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.

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.


canada map

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

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.

TURKEY - 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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