No-one is too small to make a difference!
We give our items free of charge to any needy person (or animal) with no discrimination. If someone is in need and we can help in any way, we do so.
In August, 2004, Pamela Tatt started a Yahoo Group to offer her crafting skills to help others in Australia.
Since then she has been joined by many others and in December, 2009 the group was granted Incorporation as an Association by the Australian Government.
Membership of the Yahoo Group,
which now constitutes our list of volunteers, has grown to in excess of 1000 like minded crafters, who all self fund their work and post the
finished items to various centres around the Country as per our current
Charity of the Month Calendar.
Volunteers also support charities privately, within their local community. Some of us go out with Food Vans and personally hand out items to those in need, which is a very humbling and heartwarming experience.
Our Volunteers are the most wonderful, generous knitters, crocheters and sewers from across Australia and around the World. Each and every one supplies their own materials and gives freely of their time to make the most beautiful items. Most of them are also more than willing to post items to our Charity of the Month projects all at their own expense.
aim of the Knit4Charities Inc. is to share ideas and patterns, give
support and friendship to fellow volunteers, and together source needy
charities around Australia.
Many friendships have been formed both on
and off the Internet. Regular meetings, or Knit and Natters as we call
them, are starting up in various areas. The list of charities we are
supporting is continually growing!
There are many, many organisations who benefit from donations of knitted, crocheted and sewn items - check the list of Charities we have helped
Charity donating can be done anywhere, at any time, and so our principles can be applied to any country in the world. We welcome interested people from all over the world to join our group. We are happy to share our ideas to get you started donating within your own community and to share stories, patterns etc. with you. At present we have members in the UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa -- all helping to make a difference!
We now have 3 dedicated State Branches who support local charities and have a wonderful network of helpers. I welcome everyone to join Knit4Charities main group but if you live in South Australia, Western Australia or Tasmania you may also like to join those State groups.
Contact details of these State Managers can be found here
We Aim to.....
- Give back to our community by using our crafty skills
- Form friendships, both online and in person, by sharing our ideas.
- Provide an outlet for Knitters, Crocheters and Sewers to give their garments to people/animals in need.
Love to knit, crochet or sew?
Have no-one to give your garments to?
Would you like to join us?
Find out how HERE
Help us to continue to give to those in need by making a Tax Deductible donation ...... thank you!
CURRENT PROJECTS AND SPECIAL COLLECTIONS
CAIRNS STREET LEVEL YOUTH CARE (QLD) (meals and support for homeless youth from young children to age 21)
beanies, for boys and girls some aboriginal coloured, knitted toys ( not too
WOOLLONGONG HOMELESS HUB (NSW) www.wefh.org.au
Gloves, Scarves and Beanies for Men, Women and Children. Plus Adult socks.
VIC VARIETY BASH (VIC)
Toys - any
WIRES CENTRAL WEST (NSW)
Joey pouches when finished need to be 35cm (14in) wide by 45cm (18in) high or 30cm (12in) wide by 40cm (16in) high rectangular bags (or similar sizes) made from 8ply or thicker wool, or natural fibres (no acrylic). Garter or stocking stitch so feet or claws dont get caught. We can stitch if you knit
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS (ongoing) .... for more information contact Pam
TEDDIES/TOYS FOR DUBBO - Open until further notice.
Teddies and other toys up to 30cm tall including comfort dolls are urgently needed for children.
BEST FRIEND FUR EVER RESCUE WOOLLONGONG - Open until target reached
Target is 50 of each of the following - for larger dogs - knitted BLANKETS and COATS. Also dog toys. Any donations of collars and/or leads would be appreciated. blanket size 80 x 100cm is a good size. Crochet or knitted is fine. Dog jackets mainly for staffies or a bit larger.
CAT PROTECTION SOCIETY (NSW) - Open until further notice
Updated March - Blankets 40cm x 40cm. Fabric/fleece blankets must be double layered and machine washable. Leave 10cm ends when changing colour, weave in well as they will be washed often. Toys a kitten would play with mice, twirly things, toilet roll toys, pompoms, spider toy
NEWS FLASH - we are now an Ice Yarn Reseller !!!
The yarn is still sent to you from Turkey but Knit4Charities receives a small discount that helps our fundraising.
The following link will take you to our yarn shop
ITEMS MOST NEEDED ALL YEAR ROUND.
All items can be Knitted, Crocheted or Sewn - following is a list of items that are always wanted...
- BEANIES - larger sizes and dark colours for men - women's and children's are needed but in lesser numbers.
- CHEMO HATS -- Soft, seamless hats with no lacy pattern over the head (must not be able to see scalp) for both women and men - no green colours please.
- SCARVES or COWLS - dark colours for men at least 180cm long or cowls
- FINGERLESS GLOVES - child to adult sizes
- BLANKETS or SQUARES - single bed or throw rug size blankets in darker colours for homeless people. 25cm squares for making up blankets.
- TOYS - Teddies, or any other toys you like to make
- DOG COATS - all sizes
- ANIMAL BLANKETS - all sizes
- CAT TOYS
2006 1,537 items
TOTAL = 105,347
2018 = 3,957
PRIVATE (INDIVIDUAL) DONATIONS by Members and Friends who choose to share....
*Donations for the current year can be added here
TOTAL = 158,877
2018 = 4,386 (to date)
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS (CHALLENGES)
STATE GROUPS Combined
2015 = 13,842
2016 = 18,470
WESTERN AUSTRALIA 674
TOTAL DONATIONS OVERALL = 345,225
This website updated 24 MAY 2018
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Sponsoring our 2017 Annual Conference are....
BENDIGO WOOLLEN MILLS
Individual Donors -- C Sanders, D Jones, J Hinton, J Chiplin, S Mooney, D Peck, L O'Neill, L Bean & J Griffith, D Gluer, S Chappell, R & B McCurry, K Stevens, S Wilmot, C Hicks, T Timms, Wynnum West Quilters, L Hamilton, S Stone, M Kelly.