Why not make charity amigurumi, and crochet for a cause!
Below is a list of groups and charities I’ve come across who accept crochet/knit charity amigurumi donations.
The list is currently quite small, and will hopefully grow as I come across more groups. If you have any suggestions (I’d love to list groups from all over the world), please let me know in the comments section below.
A group for people to knit/crochet “trauma teddies” the New South Wales Police Force to give to children during traumatic jobs. This group accepts all handmade toys, so long as they are squishy/huggable, child-friendly, safe for children to play with, and from a smoke-free home.
> Read more about the group in a news article here.
Knit4Charities Inc. is an Australian Internet-based association of dedicated knitters, crocheters, sewers and other crafters. They primarily focus on giving warm clothing and comforting items such as blankets and toys to needy people throughout Australia.
If you’d like to get involved in charity activities, this is THE place to go for all the latest news on crafting charity groups within the country.
This project is looking for generous and creative people who would like to make and donate tiny teddy bears to the major hospitals in Australia for stillborns.
Please note, before sending your bears, please first post a picture of your completed bears to the group’s Facebook page. You will then be contacted with the details of a local Australian hospital most in need.
> Read more about the project, plus get the FREE pattern here.
Founded in 1981, RMHC creates, finds and supports programs that help seriously ill children and their families across Australia.
Currently, Ronald McDonald House Canberra (an accommodation facility built within a wing of the Canberra Centenary Women & Children’s Hospital), are accepting soft toys. These are then given to sick children within the hospital.
Most needed items are Premmie Baby Blankets. These can be 50cm to 60cm in size, and can be knit, crocheted or sewn (please don’t use thick, bulky, heavy or scratchy yarn, or stiff/padded fabric).
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> Please contact Knit4Charities for more information on how to send your items.
The Little Yellow Duck Project creates and distributes handcrafted gifts to raise global awareness of blood, bone marrow, organ and tissue donation.
Little yellow ducks are hidden around the community as gifts for others to find to brighten their day. A special tag on each duck invites the finder to take his or her gift home and to visit the LYD Project website to register where they found their gift.
> Click here for the FREE crochet pattern on Ravelry.
The Secret Toy Society is a world-wide collective of toy makers (of varying skill levels) who make toys and leave them as gifts for perfect strangers.
I strongly encourage you to take the time to search for groups in your area who accept handmade toys (Ravelry is an excellent place to start). You could also make inquiries to local hospitals and shelters, or even start your own charity amigurumi group to support a cause of your choice.