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Donating Yarn?

May 29, 2009

I have a lot of yarn and incomplete items that my mom had crocheted. I don't know what to do with it. I tried calling nursing homes for their activities and local churches but they don't have the crafters anymore. Does anyone know of anybody that would love to take this yarn off my hands? My mom was making a lot of Xmas things and there are white, red, green, and many other colors. I have two huge bags of it. I also have old fashioned spools of cotton.

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By Julie from Philadelphia, PA far NE

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May 29, 20090 found this helpful
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After my mother, a great crafter, died, my sister and I packed up all her craft supplies and gave them to the local Girl Scout headquarters. They were very happy to get them for their crafts programs. You might try them.

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May 29, 20091 found this helpful
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Preschools and day care centers can use yarn for arts and crafts time. This time of year maybe Vacation Bible Schools.

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May 29, 20091 found this helpful
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Don't hesitate to give your yarn to Goodwill, the Salvation Army, or any charity to which you'd give clothes and household goods. I've noticed that yarn sells very quickly at my local thrift store. The profits from the sale are going to charity and hopefully the yarn is being sold to someone who couldn't afford it otherwise.

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May 31, 20090 found this helpful
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If there is an adult day care in your city or town you can donate yarn and other craft supplies to them. They too like to do crafts. A group from adult day care shop where I work and quite often they have something they made (purse, shirt decorations, badges). The caregivers tell me they make lots of things and donations are welcomed.

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June 3, 20091 found this helpful
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I worked at an elementary school for many years and I know the art lady appreciated donations of yarn. We also had a teacher who started a knitting/crochet club and she needed supplies. I know my local senior center also has a club that would take the donations. Many of the charities that make hats for preemies or for soldiers would take it. AND many of the homeless shelters or the safe houses for abused women also appreciate this kind of thing.

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June 4, 20090 found this helpful
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Many high schools nowadays have what's called a 'knit in' program, where students knit and donate squares that are then sewn into blankets, and given out to refugees, the homeless, etc. Any school with this program would love a donation of wool.

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June 4, 20092 found this helpful
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Angels for hope would love to have your yarn. We are all volunteer's and spend our own money on yarn and thread to crochet angels and butterflies for those in need of hope.

These little angels and butterflies are sent FREE of charge to anyone who requests one. You can contact Cindy at angelsforhope.org

This is a wonderful organization. And anyone who reads this and would like more information go to angelsforhope.com and request an angel or butterfly for someone you know who is ill and needs some cheering up. The butterflies can be requested for anyone reaching a 100th birthday!

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October 18, 2014

I live in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area and am in the process of purging my yarn stash. I have quite a bit of sock weight yarn (leftovers from previous projects) as well as other weight yarns. I would like to donate this yarn to someone who will put it to good use; teaching knitting or crochet, or making items for this who in need to be given away free of charge. Anyone interested?

P.S. The yarn in the photo is just part of the stash.

By Pam M.

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October 19, 20141 found this helpful
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Here is a link to an article about prisoners who knit for charity and their families to learn re-socialization and patience. Maybe, if you are inclined you could donate there. www.washingtonpost.com/.../a814362a-ae0e-11e3-a49e-76adc9210f19_story...

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October 20, 20140 found this helpful
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Contact your local Senior Citizen's group. Ours has several 'clubs' inside there that do group crafts. They have a small store inside the center where they sell their merchandise.

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August 13, 2020

I have free yarn I need to give away! I have no more space for it! I moved from a house to apartment. I live in Philadelphia, Pa. Where can I take it?


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August 13, 20200 found this helpful
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You can donate it to a residential home for seniors or for mentally challenged people, a church or community knitting/crocheting guild, or even the art teacher at your local school. If you have the time and desire, you could check with an animal shelter to make comfy dog or cat blankets for cages. You can also advertise it on Craig's List under FREE STUFF. Good luck and report back here who was blessed by your donation.

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August 15, 20200 found this helpful
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There are so many places right now that are not accepting anything due to the conditions of spreading this virus so this may narrow the list of suitable places.
You should probably call any of the places suggested to see if they are open and accepting items like this.
Churches in your area may welcome free stuff as so many are already involved in making Christmas gifts to be sent to missionaries in foreign countries so you might want to call some in your area.

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June 18, 2017

Where can I donate latch hook yarn?


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June 19, 20170 found this helpful
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Put an ad on Freecycle or Craigslist. You could also donate to a hospital or nursing home.

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June 19, 20170 found this helpful
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I generally recommend calling your local church or Habitat for Humanity thrift stores to see if they can use yarn as I feel the money raised may be used to help someone in need of clothes or furniture.

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December 28, 2020

My wife was very into crocheting until medical issues made it impossible. I want to donate all her yarn and hooks, but do not know the value. How much is reasonable?


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December 28, 20200 found this helpful
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I'm sorry that your wife had to give up on her love of crocheting but it's nice that you wish to donate it so someone else can enjoy using her supply.
Since we have no idea of the amount of yarn etc. that you have it would be difficult to provide a value.
I do remember when working in a Hospice thrift store years ago a small/medium box or Rubbermaid container of items like this was usually valued at about $50 but I believe this has increased in value since then (the container would not be 'stuffed' - just loosely packed).
Some of the church and charity stores will have someone to help you evaluate what you take to them but most want a sheet with 'loosely' itemized lists of the contents. They will then either stamp the sheet and sign/date it or they will give you a letter with their letterhead showing the donation information.

Here is a link to information from IRS.
www.thebalance.com/donation-value-guide-4172778

In past years families had to itemize expenses on their income taxes to be able to receive credit for their donations so it was usually a waste of time to ask for a letter because so many people no longer itemize (either renting or no mortgage to claim on tax return).
However; this year will be different as everyone will be able to claim up to $300 of charitable donations on their tax return.
just be sure to follow IRS rules:

www.irs.gov/.../special-300-tax-deduction-helps-most...

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October 25, 2015

I have a ton of yarn (various colors, types, sizes) that I am willing to give to a worthy local charity. Please contact me with a brief description of your need, who your charity benefits and where you are located.

Thanks.

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October 26, 20150 found this helpful
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If you don't hear from anyone, please go online and look for the local chapter of Project Linus. They make blankets for children in need (our chapter makes blankets for homeless children) children in disaster situations and hospitals. They are always willing to accept donated yarn or fabric. I personally crochet my donations and love knowing it goes to a child who may need a little comfort at a difficult time. This is one of the baby afghans I made recently with all donated yarn.

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