Thanks for posting this link! This is right across the river from me. I don't knit for just one charity, usually I am asked to knit for someone and I do. I've knit mostly prayer shawls or squares for Warm Up America. I see myself knitting a lot for The Preemie Project. Though I will still knit for anyone.
We have a ministry at church which we are knitting lapghans for one of the local hospitals for patients under Hospice Care. We are almost ready to turn 22 in - we have a group of appx 25 ladies... Lots of fun and fellowship!
There is another organization calleds Stitches from the Heart: http://www.stitchesfromtheheart.org/
The website is still up but I haven't been able to find any information on it beyond 2007. It appears to be for premature babies throughout the US. And also asks for supplies for seniors on fixed incomes or in nursing homes to be able to knit, crochet, quilt, etc. I'll try to check it out further.
And our local guild collects baby items for preemies and bereavement blankets for still borns. And one year we donated washclothes and soaps to the women's shelter.
Okay, I sent an email to Stitches from the Heart. It is still a viable organization. Kathy is sending me information about the organization and I will pass this info on to you once it gets to me. It's coming by snail mail so it may be a few days before I get it.
I have a ton of yarn that was given to me by a friend of my Mom's and which I don't really want to use because it's not the nicest quality. There's a bunch of acrylic (Lyon Brand "Jamie Pompadour" with 85% acrylic and 15% rayon) which looks to be about a sport weight in pink and white (white skeins and pink skeins, not mixed skeins) and a bunch of worsted weight gray wool from Sears--as in Sears brand yarn. I wonder when Sears last sold their own branded yarn? It's marked "moth proof" so you gotta wonder what they did to it. I haven't been able to figure out what to do with it, so it sits in my garage. There are maybe 10-15 skeins of each. Do you think an organization like Stitches from the Heart would like it?
Wow, just went to count and found 17 4-ounce skeins of gray "100% American" "French combed" Sears wool. From the 60s do you think? Or 70s? Maybe I could sell it on Ebay as "vintage" and turn around and buy some nice KnitPicks yarn with the profits. ;-)
I am making a bear dress for Washington County ( a county here in Oregon). My LYS has bears that we knit a sweater or whatever for and they give all the bears to the Sheriffs and when there is a child in need at a call or whatever they give them a bear. The mother bear project is great one. I have a whole book on knitted bears. I may just have to make one.
I have the book "Knitting for Peace". It has a lot of simple patterns and charity specific patterns like the Mother Bear Project, Linus and several knitting for our troops. The knitting for our troops programs request hats and slippers or socks. I thing that one in particular would be great for Christmas. All of these causes are so wonderful, it really is hard to choose just one.