You can donate craft supplies to one of the numerous organizations
which regularly utilize such items as part of their program.
Have you got a surplus of buttons, beads, fabric, craft paint, or yarn cluttering up your closet? Put those items to use helping someone in need. Your donation could help promote the arts and art therapy among underprivileged youth, provide much needed warmth to a newborn, or offer comfort to patients with breast cancer or Alzheimer’s.
Here is a sample of organizations with a continuing need for arts and crafts supplies.
This nationwide network of volunteers provides handmade baby items to hospitals which distribute them for free to infants and their parents. They accept donations of yarn, Fiberfil, quilt batting, narrow white lace, flannel, broadcloth, and other fabrics suitable for children’s toys, apparel, and blankets/quilts. Donated supplies are distributed to volunteers who knit, crochet, or sew items for distribution to hospitals.
Based in Austin, Texas, Charity Craft Center creates handcrafted gifts for hospitalized infants and children as well as Alzheimer's and breast cancer patients. They accept donations of sewing and craft supplies which can be mailed to the address on their website.
The Dreaming Zebra Foundation provides access to art and music supplies for thousands of children, schools, art therapy programs and community organizations throughout the United States. If you live in the Portland, Oregon area, you can donate craft supplies at a drop-off location or arrange for pick up. Otherwise, you can mail your donation. Sample items to donate include old calendars with pictures, paper plates, craft sticks, yarn, fabric, buttons, and beads.
This volunteer force knits or crochets hats, mittens, scarves, sweaters, Afghans, baby booties, layette sets, and Christmas stockings for needy children around the country. They are looking for donations of yarn, knitting needles, and books on knitting.
Made4Aid sells handmade items online at etsy.com. Profits go to support Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières). Donate your own handmade craft items as well as arts & crafts supplies. Email Made4Aid to arrange your donation.
The Mother Bear Project has the very specific goal of providing hand knitted or crocheted bears to children with HIV Aids in developing countries. They accept donations of yarn, knitting needles, and PolyFil.
It can be rewarding to find ways to give within your own community. Look for local preschools, daycare centers, youth centers, Boy Scout or Girl Scout troops, or Boys' and Girls' Clubs who might be interested in your excess arts and crafts supplies. You might also donate craft supplies to your own child’s classroom or a local church’s nursery.
If you have a surplus of stuff any one of the organizations listed here will be happy to have you donate craft supplies in support of their cause. If you are a crafty person, you might even become a volunteer and donate completed craft items. Either way, I know your donation will be greatly appreciated, and you can have the doubly satisfying experience of donating and decluttering at the same time!
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