This month our Featured Charity, Hats for the Homeless is being presented by Amy Ramnarine of The Stitchin’ Mommy. This is a Charity near and dear to her heart and although it may not be a local charity for all of us, we hope by sharing it with our friends and family Hat’s for the Homeless will receive the support it needs!
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Please read on to learn more about Hats for the Homeless and how we can help.
If you are unable to help personally, please share this with your friends online – you never know – you may reach someone who is able to make a difference locally! If you would like to contribute too, we encourage you to crochet the featured free pattern this month and donate it to a local charity of your own. ♥ Rhondda
Hi everyone! I’m Amy from The Stitchin’ Mommy and I am so glad to be able to share this amazing charity with all of you!
This month’s featured organization is Hats for the Homeless.
Hats for the Homeless was founded by John Carroll through his love for and dedication to helping people that are less fortunate. Every year, during the holiday season, John and his friends would travel through the streets of New York City giving hats, scarves, and gloves to the homeless. When John suddenly passed away in 1998, his friends and family wanted to keep his memory alive by continuing the tradition that he started. Each year, John’s friends and family crochet, knit, and collect winter wearables to distribute to the homeless in New York City, just as he did years prior.
Mission: Provide some holiday cheer for the homeless and help them stay warm during the cold NYC winters with handmade hats, scarves, and gloves.
“We ask that you make Hats for the Homeless part of your Holiday Traditions. If you know how to crochet or knit or would like to just donate a hat, scarf or pair of gloves, then send them to the address below. Please do not send money. The warm gift-giving feeling that comes with giving this gift will surpass any other gift you give this Holiday season.”
How to Donate
Hats for the Homeless, does not accept monetary donations. Instead, they ask that you create a warm and cozy hat, scarf, or pair of gloves for a homeless person in need and send it along to them for distribution. Hats for the Homeless collects items throughout the year and distributes them to the homeless that pass through St. Francis Xavier’s Soup Kitchen in New York City the weekend before Christmas. They accept both crochet and knit items.
If you are part of a church, school, or other organization that would like to help, Hats for the Homeless has a fun collection box idea that you can read more about here.
For more information about about Hats for the Homeless and where to send your donations, check out their About page.
If you are looking for a crochet hat that is great for donating, try My Favorite Beanie! It has a great knit-look to it and is available in sizes Preemie to Adult Large. You can easily substitute for a more affordable yarn and even leave the pom pom off if you wish. Here are some possible substitutions:
If scarves are more your thing, I have a plethora of free crochet scarf patterns to choose from as well! You can find them all here.
Thank you for visiting! Would you like to learn about some of our other Featured Charities?
Here are a few of our past features: