Won’t you pull a neglected skein out of the bottom of your stash and knit something to keep someone warm or make them feel special?
Charities we are linked with include:
Knitted Knockers are soft, comfortable handcrafted breast forms, made with love by volunteer knitters and crocheters, for women who have had mastectomies or surgery to the breast. Placed into most regular bras, they can provide a suitable alternative to traditional prostheses. They are soft, beautiful, light, huggable, and free to anyone who requests them.
Knitted Knockers of Canada is an organization dedicated to providing FREE Knitted Knockers to women in need across Canada. We are funded by donations only and run by volunteers.
- Accepts: Handcrafted breast prostheses for breast cancer survivors. You can find patterns, videos, as well as helpful FAQs at www.knittedknockerscanada.com.
- Drop off: In Toronto, Knockers can be dropped off at any Guild meeting, or at the following yarn shops: Knitomatic, The Purple Purl, PassionKnit, Romni Wools, and The Yarn Guy.
Mount Sinai Hospital gratefully accepts a variety of knitted or crocheted items, including Neonatal Bereavement (Tiny Angel) Gowns, PICC Line Covers, and Chemo Caps. Their Geriatric program also welcomes Shrugs/Shoulderettes & Shawls, and Lap Blankets. They have provided us with some suggested patterns, but feel free to use your own or another pattern.
- Accepts: Shrugs/shoulderettes, shawls, and lap blankets, neonatal bereavement (Tiny Angel) gowns, PICC line covers, and chemo caps. Please include the following details: number of items being donated in addition to your name, address, and email so Mount Sinai can send you a thank you and keep track of your donations.
- Drop off: Items may be dropped off at any Guild meeting or directly to the Mount Sinai Hospital Volunteer Services Office at 600 University Avenue, Room 204 – one floor below the main floor.
Princess Margaret is one of the largest cancer centres in the world, providing invaluable services to individuals and families dealing with cancer. Consider donating knitted items to help to keep inpatients warm and remind them that someone is thinking about them.
- Accepts: Fingerless mitts, bed slippers, lap blankets, chemo caps, scarves & shawls.
- Drop off: Drop off your donated items at any Toronto Knitters Guild meeting. The Guild delivers collected items in bulk to the PMCC.
We can’t knit shelter, but we can do the next best thing. Street Knit Toronto is asking you to put your needles together and spend some time knitting some warmth into garments to keep someone warm during the winter. All items will be donated to homeless outreach programs.
- Accepts: Warm hats, mitts, scarves, and socks, with the highest demand for men’s items, although women and children also end up in shelters. Street Knit also donates handmade toys at Christmas.
- Drop off: Donations can be dropped off at Knitomatic or The Purple Purl. You can also stop by any of Street Knit’s meetings at the Annette Public Library on the last Tuesday of each month, from 6:15-8:15pm.
Street Knit also supports the Street Health Nursing Program. This organization provides client-centred health services and education to homeless and impoverished individuals.
- Accepts: Warm hats, mitts, scarves, and socks, with the highest demand for men’s items.
- Drop off: Porch Swing Yarnsomniacs accepts donations for the Street Health Nursing Project.
Do you have extra knitting needles and/or good, clean wool you’re looking to purge from your stash? The WINK drop-in at Sherbourne Health Centre is looking for donations of knitting supplies for their weekly women’s drop-in. WINK (Women In Need Klinic) is a drop-in program with low barrier access clinical services for low-income, homeless, marginally housed and street-involved women and trans women.
- Accepts: Our preference is for large needles and bulkier wool, so we can make quick knit projects over the winter (like scarves and hats), but any donations of any size would be greatly appreciated!
- Drop off: Drop off your donated items at any Toronto Knitters Guild meeting.