Rounding out Sewing for Charity month, I’ve gathered links from around the internet for you to get involved in charity sewing. Please note that I have not personally donated to or investigated many of these organizations (I’ll tell you about the ones I have personal experience with); do your own due diligence so that you feel good about giving where there is need.
The Angel Gown Program – this program makes bereavement gowns for babies, many of whom were stillborn or premature. Volunteers sew the gowns from donated wedding dresses (so if you want to donate a wedding dress, you can help that way too).
Days for Girls – mission is to get sanitary supplies to girls in underprivileged countries to help keep those girls at school instead of missing days monthly.
Dress for Success – this organization dresses disadvantaged women to succeed at job interviews and in jobs. I have participated in sewing clothing for our local chapter and donating it; if you have a local chapter you may see about their needs – ours loved the simple, professional knit skirts we made and has already requested more. I’m linking to my local chapter but there’s a locator that you can use to find your local chapter.
Head Huggers – this group sews, knits and crochets hats for others undergoing chemotherapy treatment
Little Dresses for Africa and Britches for Boys – this site sends handmade clothing to children in Africa
Project Linus – this organization gives handmade blankets to seriously ill or traumatized children.
Quilts of Valor – this organization, which I am a member of (you don’t have to be a quilter), presents combat veterans with quilts honoring their service.
Sew Much Comfort – this organization makes adaptive clothing and comfort items for wounded military service members
Skirting the Issue – this event is hosted each July by Simple Simon & Co. They ask you to sew skirts for girls in foster care. You don’t have to send skirts to them; you’re welcome to donate yours locally too. I’ve participated in this one for the last 3 years and I think it’s a great way to reach out.
More ideas – local nursing homes and rehab facilities might appreciate wheelchair and walker caddies, military and hospitals appreciate comfort items, women and children’s shelters may need clothing and household items, you can sew up drawstring bags and call your local homeless shelter to ask what to put in them to donate for them to pass out.
Know of any more charities to sew for? Please leave comments and I’ll update the list periodically.