Caps For Kids
For knitters with a big heart and some left-over yarn, here
is a great way to reach out and help those who are less fortunate.
Caps For Kids is a national, non-profit foundation that collects
handmade caps for under-privileged children. Founded in 1984 by Bonnie Greene and Nancy La Framboise, over 1,000,000
caps plus other articles of crochet and knit clothing and toys have been donated to underprivileged children across the United
The program is carried out through yarn shops across the country
who have registered with CFK. Participating shops collect the caps which are distributed in the community of the registered
stores. The hats are given to local, non-profit, non-denominational agencies to be given out.
There are about 280 stores across the United States that are
participating in the Caps For Kids program. An estimated 15,000 individuals are making not only crocheted and knitted
caps, but gloves and mittens, slippers, scarfs, sweaters, baby blankets, booties, toys, etc. The Pittsburgh East Knitting
guild collects donations though out the year and delivers them in December to various organizations in the Pittsburgh area
where they are distributed to children in need.
Warm Up America
In 1991, a knitting yarn retailer in Wausau, Wisconsin, Evie
Rosen, decided there had to be a way she could help the homeless. Her simple concept of asking customers, friends and the
community to knit and crochet 7" X 9" sections that would be joined into afghans grew into a nationwide program that has produced
more than 80,000 afghans. These afghans have been donated to victims of natural disasters, battered women's shelters, the
homeless, and others less fortunate than ourselves.
In 1994, the Craft Yarn Council of America, a non-profit association
of American yarn spinners, distributors and publishers, took the program under its wing, broadening awareness by initiating
links with national organizations such as the American Red Cross and the Cooperative Extension Service. In 2002, Warm Up America!
was incorporated as a 501C3 tax exempt, charitable organization.
Charity Knitting Links
Caps for Kids
Other Charity Knitting
This is a 100% volunteer non-profit organization. It
is our mission to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or
otherwise in need through the gifts of NEW, HOMEMADE, WASHABLE blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer blanketeers.