Philanthropy

Due to COVID-19, The Toronto Knitters Guild regrets that it is currently unable to collect members’ knitted items for donation to charitable agencies. We are currently exploring alternative drop off options for you. Please check back here for updates.

Won’t you pull out a neglected skein from your stash and knit something to keep someone warm or make them feel special?

Charities we are linked with include:

Needlework Guild of Canada

Do you enjoy making items for donation to charity? Are you worried that without regular in-person Guild meetings it will be difficult to pass them on? Susan Loube is forming a new group within the Needlework Guild of Canada and is inviting any TKG members who are interested to join her. To become a member of the Needlework Guild, all you need to do is contribute at least 2 knitted articles per year or provide a cash donation.

The NGC – Toronto Branch will collect and distribute the items to the agencies that can use them. They are committed to finding a way to do this safely – the need continues despite COVID-19. For more information about the NGC and the kinds of items required, please contact Susan directly.

Mount Sinai Hospital

Mount Sinai Hospital has indicated a need for neonatal items including Bereavement (Tiny Angel) Gowns and 5″x5″ flannel squares. These squares allow parents of babies in the NICU to bond with their child when they cannot be there. Parents hold the cloth against their skin so it absorbs their personal scent, then the cloths are placed inside the incubator so the child can become familiar with their parents’ scent.

They have provided some suggested patterns. Due to limited storage space they are unable to accept other knitted and crocheted items at this time.

  • Accepts:
    • Neonatal bereavement (Tiny Angel) gowns in solid white or a pale pastel colour and must be made from baby yarn or soft fabric only please (no crochet, no thick material).
    • Flannel squares (5″ x 5″, no pattern)
      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: Please mail your item(s) directly to Mt. Sinai at the following address: 

Attention Susan Carty
Social Work Office 245
Mount Sinai Hospital
600 University Avenue
Toronto, ON   M5G 1X5

 

Fidget Muffs for Copernicus Lodge

Copernicus Lodge (a long-term care home located across the street from The Knit Cafe) has asked for help in creating fidget muffs to calm and soothe residents who are suffering from dementia.  The muff provides a source of visual, tactile and sensory stimulation at the same time as keeping hands snug and warm.

  • Accepts: Knitted fidget muffs, using an eclectic mix of yarns with sensory items attached inside.  Please review these guidelines for creating stimulating muffs.
  • Drop off: Donations can be dropped off at The Knit Cafe. Please ensure items are cleaned/sterilized prior to donation.

 

Knitted Knockers

Ravelry, Facebook

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.

 

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

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: Due to a current reduction in volunteers and storage  space, PMCC regrets that it is unable to accept knitted donations at this time.

 

Street Knit Toronto

Ravelry, Facebook, Twitter

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. However, Street Knit’s meetings are currently on hold due to COVID.