Knitters, crocheters, quilters, sewers, woodworkers, toymakers... whatever your gift, you can google for it and find a place where it can be used. Here are some I found:
Local Church Knitting Blankets For Hurricane Victims
UPDATED: 10:34 am EDT September 5, 2005
GAP, Pa. -- A local church community has found a creative way to help comfort children affected by Hurricane Katrina.
Sandra Schindler and others at Saint John's Episcopal Church are crocheting and knitting blankets to give to the children who survived the storm.
"The first thing that came to mind was that we can help them with a little toy and shawl and blanket -- something that they can carry around that is just theirs," said Schindler.
Each packet also includes a prayer.
There are hundreds of people pitching in. Knitters from a group called the Red Thread are working on the local and national levels. The church is sending the packets to a church in Houston, which will distribute them to children at the Astrodome.
People can also help by donating yarn or small toys to Saint John's Episcopal Church, 1520 West Kings Highway, Gap, Pa., 17527.
Collecting handknit facecloths: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/clothsforkatrina/
Help the Evacuees of Hurricane Katrina
Thank you for your interest in helping Katrina survivors. Our guild is working with the Houston Independent School District, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, the Mayor's office, & the Cultural Arts Council to develop a program of crafts for the people here from New Orleans. The mission is two fold. We are going to collect stash yarn, needles, hooks, and magazines, then sort and package them for people who need knitting to sooth the soul. We also intend to provide some instruction at shelters to people who need to do something productive with their hands. Houston area residents can drop their donations off at Twisted Yarns or Nancy's Knits, and they will bring them to HCCC. We are asking that donations from out of town be sent to:
Knit at Night Guild
c/o Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002
We thank you for your support and your donation.
Vicki Katz - President
Knit at Night Guild
Collecting afghans, blankets and quilts:
Buy Yarn and Help Support Victims of Hurricane Katrina: http://www.nakedsheep.com/
The Naked Sheep will be donating 10% of every online sale during the month of September to the American Red Cross to help the victims of hurricane Katrina.
Create something and donate it for auction:
A summary of many ways to donate
Knitting for New Orleans: http://tinyurl.com/aan65
The San Diego Hurricane Relief Meet-Up Group
Helping Our Neighbors In Need
There are so many lives that were changed instantly last week by Hurricane Katrina. The reality of losing everything to a natural disaster is horrifying. You can watch and read the news reports, or you can go to the Charlotte Coliseum to see first hand the people who have arrived in Charlotte trying to find a way to start over again. I went to the Coliseum this morning to see what could be done. They still need personal hygiene items, but especially socks, underwear, bras and diapers. They have plenty of clothes and many generous people volunteering time. At this point financial donations are the most helpful and can be made through a variety of organizations. If you are looking for a way to donate money, one of our suppliers KFI (Euro Yarns, Sirdar, Noro, Debbie Bliss and more) has generously agreed to match dollar for dollar all contributions made to support the following funds: Alabama Governor's Emergency Relief Fund, Mississippi Hurricane Relief Fund or Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation. If you would like to make a check payable to any of these funds, and bring it to Baskets of Yarn, we will forward it on to KFI. Or you can send it directly to: KFI, 315 Bayview Ave., Amityville, NY 11701.
On a local level to support the recovery efforts for Katrina (our new neighbors) and to help our existing local neighbors who have also fallen on hard times this year Baskets of Yarn has created a fall time and talent project that is a little different than in the past. We all know that knitting and crocheting is a wonderful creative and relaxation outlet and once you learn the techniques, you have the skills for a lifetime. So we have decided that instead of making things for other people, we are going to teach others to knit and crochet! Between now and the end of December we will make learn to knit/crochet kits and send teams of volunteers to a variety of destinations (hurricane evacuees and local agencies) to teach people to knit or crochet. We will go in teams of 2-6 people to teach groups the basics. We will provide needles or hooks, a ball of yarn an d instructions for each person. You only have to know the basics of knitting or crochet to help us teach!
If you would like to help by donating items, you can bring them to either Baskets of Yarn location in Charlotte or Pineville, or mail them to us at the warehouse: 570 Griffith Road, Charlotte, NC 28217. If you would like to help by donating time to teach, contact us by email email@example.com or call (704)561-0911 and we will give you more details about specific teaching events.
(11) skads of free patterns: http://www.basketsofyarn.com/freepatterns.html
Collecting quilts for hurricane relief:
American Quilter's Society
PO Box 3290
Paducah, KY 42002-3290
Toymaking opportunities forhurricane relief:
Project Linus NJ seeks volunteers that are interested in donating handmade toys like dolls, plush stuffed animals, and wooden toys to fragile children through our mission. Volunteer toymakers supply their own materials.
The desire to handcraft toys for fragile children and donate them to
Project Linus NJ
79 Jackson Street
Keyport, NJ 07735