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I just lost a bunch of my wool due to mold and water damage. I had it in storage due to moving into a smaller place. I have a few young ladies who wanted me to teach them how to crochet, etc. As well, I make hats, etc. for those in need. Now I can't make any hats or teach the girls how to crochet without wool and hooks. I live out in Canada. Is there anyone who can suggest where I can get donations?
I have a friend who has been knitting jumpers, hats & gloves to send to Nepal for the last 30+ years. As you can imagine, she can't afford to buy enough wool to keep her fingers knitting, so .... she told me that she buys knitted scarfs & jumpers from Op Shops/Thrift stores, then she washes them & pulls them apart. She's been successfully doing this for years now ... I hope this helps you to find enough wool to keep your fingers moving & needles clicking ... :) Cheers, W.
I just started a group that gives elderly women yarn to crochet hats and blankets for the homeless. I am trying to get scrap yarn via Facebook, but no luck so far.
Anyone know of a place to get scraps?
Look on Craigslist and even post that you need some yarn. I did a fundraiser in 2012 for a food bank and got tons. Also, for just a few cents on the dollar, thrift shops will be a good investment.
Along those lines, go to the manager and ask if they can donate some. If they can't, buying good quality mufflers and afghans are a great source too.
I once bought an afghan for 5.99 and it had about 25 skeins on it. You can imagine how much I saved!
I hope you do well. We do the same here in Salem OR with a wonderful group called the Sassy Stitchers.
I am a board member of a non-profit, called Nassan's Place, in New Jersey. We help families who have autistic children/adults. I want to start crocheting classes for the parents and the children who are able to participate. I have 2 children of my own who are on the spectrum, but through B-complex vitamins, low sugar diet, no meds and a ton of consistency and love, both are becoming more self sufficient each day.
Crocheting helped me during those difficult times when I didn't know how to help my boys and I want to share the feeling of self worth with my parents because most are overwhelmed. Most children living with autism are fascinated with repetitive motion, so what better way to get them to use their hands and see themselves creating something? Can anyone share where I can find yarn or scraps that can be donated to us? Thanks in advance to all replies.
Thank you HJ  , very helpful advice . There are loads of senior group homes and centers here in Jersey and i love yard sales and flea markets . I did find a place in Ohio whose donating yarn along with scraps ! I am most appreciative .
I am trying to keep my seniors busy and in the process address needs of needy communities. We are knitting and crocheting various items and for us to do this we need yarn. If anyone has left over yarn to donate l would be so grateful once again to have it. Thank you in advance.
By Nelly from Potomac, MD
I would be extremely interested Bev, depending on where you live, of course. I am in the UK and would like to start making charity items for Help for Heroes and SANDS.
Two students from Lincoln University are wanting to set up a project for making hats and gloves for the homeless. We need as much wool as we can to make this happen, does anyone have any suggestions of where we can get donations?
Thank you for your help! Your project sounds really good, what a great idea! Would you at all be interested in getting involved?
I'm living in North Carolina. I would very much like to crochet hats, mittens, and socks for the homeless shelters in my town. The only problem is that I don't have the money to be able to buy the yarn I would need for it. If you or someone you know has any suggestions for where I can find donated yarn I would appreciate your help. Thanks.
You could also try www.freecycle.org if its in your area! Good luck. :)
I'm looking for yarn, it can be any kind. It will be used to make hats for our NICU babies at our hospital Grace Hospital in Morgantown North Carolina. Can anyone be so kind to help me with suggestions on where to get donations? Ty in advance.
When I did a fundraiser for the local food bank, the local Craft Warehouse donated 100.00 worth. Also some thrift stores will, too. I am sure you have looked into what they need, but in case you needed more information, here is a very good link. Bless you!!
As we all know winter is just around the corner and, then it is Christmas. I and a small group of homebound people are knitting and crocheting hats and gloves for the homeless. We are all on a fixed income and can only do so much. Where can we find free yarn for our projects?
It's not a free source of yarn, but I often find yarn in thrift shops at a very inexpensive price.
I have a page on Facebook called "hats and scarves for needy children." I have asked for yarn donations with no luck. Is there someplace else I can post for donations?
Often people ask for donations of various types, and for good reasons and causes. However, many people who are able to donate have already been jaded by past experiences. I knew a woman who asked for donations of wearable baby clothes that she said she would provide to women's shelters. We all contributed! Eventually someone learned that she was actually selling the clothes online for herself!
Often people who truly want to help a cause ask for donations but do not realize the problems making a donation may create. When asking for donations for your cause:
**Does your project have any type of expense/income that requires IRS filing?
**What experience do you have in past donation, etc., projects that prepares you to follow through on this one?
**What do you provide to prove that your request is legal, sincere and that you have a plan to follow through?
**Do you expect people to, for example, pay to mail their yarn to you? Can be a difficult and expensive project to package and mail large amounts. Will they drive a long distance to deliver the yarn?
**What do you provide for donations that can be used for tax deductions?
Unfortunately, there are many more questions, concerns and negative past experiences people might have about a project that stops them from making any donations to any cause. If you are able to prove you have a viable and successful plan, you might then find your donations.
I am a single mom and have been crocheting for 15 years. I am also a self taught knitter. My son recently expressed interest in wanting to learn to crochet. I would like to make blankets with him for the local abused women and children's shelter. It would be perfect summer projects! :)
Where can I find out about getting donated yarn for this? We have very little extra funds. I take care of my two angels 100% alone. Thanks in advance!
If you go to church that would be a good place to start. Your son's school would be a good place to begin also. Try the next PTO meeting and tell them what you've told us and you'll be swamped with goodies. You might have to rent a storage unit for the yarn. (JK)
Yahoo has a freecycle group in different areas of the United States. If you have a yahoo email you can search yahoo for it for your city and state. The site is at "freecycle.org". Then you enter your zip or city and state and it will show you if there is a group near you. Once you are ready to post you just post a "wanted" and what it is you want. Believe me when I say that there are plenty of people out there with stuff to get rid of, including yarn. I hope this helps. Ps. I make sets for infants at a local pregnancy center. Best to you. Deb D
I work for the National MS society. We have a group in our office that get together weekly to crochet or knit projects for people with multiple sclerosis. We are in need of yarn donations.
Thank you for any suggestions you can give.
By Donna D.
Go on Craigslist and click on Wanted or Arts and Crafts. You can also "usually" advertise at your local library. I have even found craft shops like to help out too. One gave me a 100.00 gift card when I did a fund raiser. I hope these help. PBP
I just moved to Philadelphia and in that move I lost a lot of yarn that I was using to make baby hats, booties, mittens, and blankets. Right now I'm trying to get back on my feet, so I can't buy any at this time. If anyone can give me any suggestions and all info you have on finding donations, I would very much be grateful.
My mom and I crochet and knit hats, scarves, and headbands for local church groups. We crochet toys for the local school and library reading programs, wash clothes for the abuse shelter, and also pet mats and toys for the Humane Society.
We make beaded bracelets for the Relay For Life walk and sew blankets, headbands, scarves, and hats for the local abuse shelter. My mom is on disability and I am unemployed. We are in need of free yarn, beading supplies, animal/cat safety eyes and fabric/ fleece. If you know of any way we could receive free supplies to continue our charity efforts please let me know. Thanks.
By Amy from Wahpeton, ND
Have you joined your local freecycle group online? That is an awesome place. It helps to recycle things. It's all free and helps keep things out of the land fill. I have even received a much needed car from there. If you are not a member, you can go to Freecycle.org then find your state and city. Ours has even expanded to have a group for pets. It is truly a wonderful place
I am crocheting hats and blankets for the homeless, elderly, and needy in my area. I am running low on yarn. Does anyone know where I can get yarn donations?
Free yarn is usually difficult to find. You can try advertising at senior community centers, churches, checking thrift stores and garage sales, etc.
I am doing a yarn drive for local south Floridians who knit for cancer patients, hospice, and neonatal babies. They will use any type of yarn. Where can we find donations?
By Cheryl S.
Try yarn stores and department stores. If u explain what you are using it for, most will offer at least some. You might try and see if your local radio or TV stations (I mean public access TV or course) would let you come on to explain your need and more about your group. Call up your local paper and ask if they offer free 12 word ads for charity.
Supermarket throwaways also will give a small amount of space I'm sure. Posters on public bulletin boards like supermarkets, churches and libraries (in all cases ask first. Also major yarn makers like Bernat and Lion may help you if you send them a letter outlining your groups need and objectives and what the items will go for.
I am running a project where we are selling cat beds to raise money for a cat charity in New York. In the Big Apple it is hard to find yarn at garage sales or flea markets. Any yarn would be appreciated. Can anyone help?
Check with thrift stores in your area. Let them know what you are looking for and they might be able to help you.
I am a senior citizen that loves to crochet hats and lapghans for cancer patients also residents in nursing homes. I donated 50 lapghans to residents in an assisted living facility where my mother lived and they sure appreciated them.
I have used most of my yarn and being that I am on a limited budget would like to know if anyone would have yarn that they would like to donate. I do buy yarn at garage sales and flea markets when I see some.
Thank you very much and God Bless you all.
By Geri H.
My mom has a lot of yarn she would be willing to donate to you. Do you have an address like a PO box? I wouldn't want to see you post your address.
My daughter was born with a heart defect and had to have open heart surgery at two months old. She will remain a cardiologist's patient for the rest of her life. Her surgery was performed at our closest children's hospital which is Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, at no cost to our family. They took great care of us while we were there and I am thankful every day for them and what they have given me because without them my daughter wouldn't be here today.
I don't have any money to donate to the hospital so I thought I would crochet hats for the kids at the hospital and wanted to know if anyone knows of any places that I can contact that will donate yarn. While in Atlanta I met many parents whose children have been there for months upon months, some waiting for transplants. I thought it might brighten a child's day to have a hat made for them. So if you could please let me know of any place you can think of.
I'd see if there is a volunteer group that works at the hosptial. They might be a resource for you. If they have a non profit status they might be able to buy discounted yarn or possibly get it donated for your project. They might even WANT to help!
If you have the time, perhaps you can volunteer your time at the hospital and help future parents in the same heart wrenching circumstances you all had to endure.