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Do something good with your stash

One of my many New Year's resolutions is to give more to charity, especially in the handmade crafts department. I did a few projects last year like this one, but I would really like to do more. So, I've decided to use this destash-along to give myself a little nudge toward charity crafts.

Below are a few charities to help get me started. I hope some of these will inspire you to use your stash to make a craft or two for those in need!


Craft Hope Spreading seeds of hope one stitch at a time

Craft Hope is "a faith-based, love inspired project designed to share handmade crafts with those less fortunate." A new project and charity is chosen every couple of months. The latest project is Project #6 - Foster Care Kids.

My Baby's Bling collects eye masks for NICU babies diagnosed with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH). Please read Chanda's touching story and download a free eye mask pattern, here.

Adopt a Navy Ship was started by a mother and daughter team wanting to give a little back to the men and women serving overseas. The goal is to send each and every person serving on the Navy ship a crocheted or knitted Christmas stocking, all 3000 of them! Find more info about the project on Ravelry groups.

Snuggles Project collects "snuggies" or handmade blankets for homeless and abandoned animals in shelters. Visit the website for a list of free patterns and more information.
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These are just a few of the charities that collect handmade items. You can find many more here, and here, or by searching "handmade charities" or "craft charities" on Google.

You can also contact your local charities to see if they would be interested in your crafty goodness. I'm working on something for my Etsy shop that will help my local no-kill cat shelter, Safe Haven for Cats. I have a lot of love for the shelter since that is where I got Daphne!

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  1. Thank-you for this post, such a great idea I'm going to look into these charitites and see if i can put some of my stash to good use.

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  2. Fabulous ideas! I'm planning a few pillowcases for the troops!

    http://operationpillowcase.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2010-01-15T09%3A52%3A00-06%3A00&max-results=7

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  3. That is a wonderful idea!
    Thanks for all the great links.

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  4. A wonderful and satisfying way to use your stash! I made 20 crocheted scarves last year for a charity here. How great to be able to help your local cat shelter. Good luck with all your projects. Blessings! Tammy

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  5. What great ideas! Thanks for posting!

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