Knitted and crocheted garments are always so much in demand and there are a number of charities in Australia who would be very happy to receive them.
Some of our Guild groups “adopt” a charity and send garments all year round; others knit for a particular charity when they see a specific need arising. If you’re a Guild member, ask your local group if there is a charity they support in the area. If not, perhaps you could suggest that they “adopt” one (or two!).
The Guild also gratefully accepts donated yarn and you can be assured that it’s going to be put to good use providing items for a very wide range of charities.
We don’t officially endorse any of these charities but we know that the following are generally very happy to receive donations. We do recommend that you contact them first as their requirements can vary from month to month.
Department of Defence
The DoD have been in contact with the Guild to say that they do NOT need any more knitted skull caps. They ask that no more be sent to them.
ausEE - A charity dedicated to improving lives affected by eosinophilic disorders
We are a registered Australian charity. Our mission is to improve the lives of those affected by eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders by providing support and information, and to campaign and raise funds for further research in Australia.
Our cute ausEE kid knitted dolls pictured here are lovingly knitted by volunteers so ausEE Inc. can donate them to hospitals and gastroenterology clinics to be given to children undergoing endoscopies or surgery for their eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorder.
I and one other volunteer have been knitting these dolls but we are no longer able to keep up with the demand.
Could interested people participate in our project?
Treasurer ausEE Inc.
As we all know from the world's media, Japan has suffered horrendously in very recent times from earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster.
There is a website called Scarves4Japan which is organising an international show of support for the beleagured folk there - a demonstration of friendship and fellow-feeling for those helplessly caught up in this maelstrom of disaster.
Friendship scarves are easy to knit and therefore suitable for social knitting. Perhaps your Guild Group might consider making up a parcel. Their website has all the necessary details.
Those of you who are keen participators in the Australian Knitters on Ravelry may have seen a thread there relating to this project. One participator there is offering space in a communal parcel for anyone who would like to join in.
Knitters unite in friendship in opposition to chaotic nature.
DRUG ARM Australasia
DRUG ARM Australasia is looking for beanies and skull caps to distribute when they operate their Street Outreach van on Friday and Saturday nights from Liverpool to Parramatta and Mt Druitt. The organisation services the homeless, young people at risk and individuals affected by drug and alcohol misuse by providing them with hot drinks, soup and noodles. They would love to be able to also give them a warm hat.
Hats are required for adult males, females and teenagers and should be sent to:
DRUG ARM Australasia
PO Box 1030, Fairfield, NSW 1860
GIFT OF GIVING or KNIT4CHARITIES
knit4charities is a website which offers a book for sale, either printed or ebook, containing knitting patterns for items commonly needed by charities: The Gift of Giving.
KNIT ONE SAVE ONE (Save The Children Fund)
20cm knitted squares required (preferably 100% wool).
Send to Knit one Save One, Save the Children, Level 6, 250 Victoria Parade,
East Melbourne Vic 3002.
MISSIONBEAT in Sydney
All items for the homeless, such as blankets, beanies, jumpers, hats, gloves, socks.
Items for the homeless.
Items for the homeless.
CARE FOR STREET KIDS
Clothing for all ages plus blankets and toys.
Send to: 100 Woodrow Place, Figtree, NSW 2525.
NSW WOMEN’S REFUGE RESOURCE CENTRE
Clothing for women and children.
WRAP WITH LOVE
25cm knitted squares required for blankets. Full instructions are on their website and many local libraries in NSW collect knitted squares for this charity.
CAT RESCUE, Sydney
Pet blankets and toys.
Also, we suggest you contact your local hospital where there is often a need for baby clothes for preemie babies, or hats for people undergoing chemotherapy treatment.
The organisation Knit4Charities is definitely worth a visit too. They are a wonderful resource for information and profile different charities across the whole year through their Charity of the Month programme. http://knit4charities.webs.com/
STEWART HOUSE, Sydney Northern Beaches
Money. Knitted items such as beanies, caps, bed socks, jumpers, cardigans, scarves, rugs. Stewart House does not receive government funding and receives most financial support from the NSW Teachers' Federation, as well as public donations. More information can be found on the Stewart House website.
Cromehurst School, Lindfield
Rugs and caps.
Quest for Life Foundation
The Quest for Life Foundation (founded by Petrea King) provides residential programs for vulnerable people living with cancer or suffering grief, trauma, past abuse or depression. The programs are held in chilly Bundanoon (Southern Highlands, NSW). They would love to provide all participants with a gift to take home of bed socks, mittens, scarf, beanie or knee rug. They don’t have any special requirements other than they are men and women over 18. They do have an affinity with rainbows and people always love anything rainbow on the programs. Many thanks in advance!
Please send to Quest for Life Foundation, PO Box 390, Bundanoon NSW 2578
WIRES - Australian Wildlife Rescue Organisation
Possum and macropod pouches. You can download the patterns here (PDF file).
Please contact NSW WIRES on 02 8977- 3333 or
NATF - Native Animal Trust Fund
Based in Newcastle NSW it is also looking for knitted pouches to help rear sick and orphaned possums and joeys.
Please contact the Rescue Hotline on 0418 628 483 or email the Secretary: secretary @ hunterwildlife.org.au
Instructions for making their pouches can be downloaded here (PDF file)
Royal Hospital for Women
The Newborn Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Hospital for Women in Randwick (Sydney) is always grateful to receive hats for premature babies. Send them to:
The Royal Hospital for Women Foundation. Locked Bag 2000, Randwick, NSW 2031
Yasminah's Gift of Hope
A registered not-for-profit charity. It provides support and a Gift of Hope to families who experience miscarriage, premature birth, neo-natal loss, stillbirth or infant loss of their child. The Gift is a hand decorated journal as pictured here. It is given via hospitals, medical centres, funeral homes and palliative care facilities. Gifts can include knitted or hand sewn garments to provide families with a lovingly made keepsake that their baby has been able to wear, such as beanies, bootees, blankets and clothing (in premature sizes as well).
If you would like to know more their web site is : www.ygoh.org.au