There are many wonderful charities listed in Craft Hope that use your handmade items to bring comfort and joy to those in need. I wanted to tell you about a cool organization—Krochet Kids International—that was featured in another one of our recent books. Here’s what AwareKnits authors Vickie Howell and Adrienne Armstrong had to say about this group:
Krochet Kids International was founded by three college students/friends/skaters/surfers/crocheters who discovered the extreme poverty in Uganda during a study trip abroad. Inspired to help those less fortunate, the guys recruited more of their friends to band together to create a cooperative with the goal of providing Africans with the skills to produce merchandise to sell, and subsequently nourish the community’s economic growth.
Sounds like a worthy cause, doesn’t it? It’s so easy to help, too, because all you do is buy an awesome hat made in Northern Uganda and you’ve helped one crafter earn a reliable income; the program also provides life-skills training so the participants learn how to manage their incomes and prepare for their futures. It’s a big time for KKI, as they just gathered their largest shipment of goods ever—over 3,000 pounds of hats!
In addition to national and international charities, don’t overlook the organizations in your own community that could use your gifts from the heart—places such as women’s and children’s shelters, the pediatric or oncology units of your local hospital, and foster care programs. And in case you missed it, read this beautiful interview with Craft Hope author Jade Sims that kicked off our Month of Hope celebration.