No-one is too small to make a difference!
Knit4Charities Inc. is an Australian Internet based association of dedicated knitters, crocheters, sewers and other crafters, who give warm clothing and comforting items such as blankets and toys to needy people throughout our Country.
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. We have since migrated to a more user friendly platform called Groups.io
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 our online 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.
The 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
Current Projects and Special collections.
JUNE 2014 CHARITY OF THE MONTH PROJECTS ARE.....
Magnolia Place (Launceston Women's Shelter) Tasmania
knitted/crocheted blankets, toys, baby clothes, basically anything you wish to donate will be appreciated
Brighter Futures - Mission Australia (Gerringong NSW)
Aboriginal Coloured (Red, Yellow, Black) Beanies and Scarves of all sizes. Also crib and cot blankets (any colours) for the Grandparents Program.
Big Ears Animal Sanctuary Tas
Blankets and toys for the animals, especially the cats
SPECIAL PROJECT/CHALLENGE ongoing until further notice...
WINMALLEE BUSHFIRE RELIEF CHALLENGE - Items needed are scarves, cowls or shawls, gloves, beanies, maybe lap rugs, (if members want to do rugs) - child to adult sizes - knit, crochet, sew - for the many people affected by the 2013 bush fires.
GLOVES FOR GRAN'S VAN CHALLENGE (Tassie) - Gran's Van would love some Adult sized full gloves for their clients for winter.
FOOTPATH LIBRARY CHALLENGE (NSW)
Desperately need of plain coloured scarves and beanies mostly for men - some for children. Also baby blankets please
K4CWA GROUP CHALLENGE (WA) - Western Australia division of Knit4Charities
Sleeveless vests/cardigans for children aged 2-6 yrs, baby garments size 0-1 Beanies, scarves, socks, mittens/gloves mostly mens colours & sizes (men outnumber women 3:1) Special gifts for Mission Australia's 'Kids School Ball' lacy fingerless gloves for girls, beanies for boys (Teens)
PLEASE NOTE - If you are not a member of our Yahoo Group but would like to support any of our Projects please email me for details of where and when to send in your items - Pam... [email protected]
Charity of the month - Donations
2006 1,537 items
2007 5,820 items
2008 7,492 items
2009 8,481 items
2010 7,893 items
2011 9,674 items
2012 8,661 items
2013 10,459 items
Total Previous Years 60,017
Individual donations (by Members who have chosen to share)
Total Previous Years 90,697
Grand total 164,359 items donated to date that we are aware of.
Yahoo group membership/volunteers 948
This page last updated on 01 July 2014
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BENDIGO WOOLLEN MILLS
BUBS 2 GRUBS KNITTING
GARDEN OF SOUL