I feel like only recently I began an article with “I don’t normally feature primarily crochet charities, but…” And here I go again! The thing is, even though this website is called Knitting for Charity, I know that many of my readers also crochet. Or perhaps you’re still learning and need a little added motivation to keep crocheting and to improve. Also, sometimes I find charities with such great ideas that I can’t help but feature them, even if they’re primarily for crocheters! All this is to say: introducing the crochet charity Feel Better Friends! This is a lovely organization with a beautiful mission: to help give a sick child a friend to love while s/he recovers from a serious illness. The friends are dolls designed to resemble the children they are given to. Most of these children have cancer, and they often lose their hair following chemotherapy. Besides their resemblance to the children they are given to, the “hair loss” is the other outstanding feature of these Friends. They come with detachable hair so that the doll’s hair can be removed while the child is also hairless. What a lovely way to make a sick child feel less alone!
How You Can Help
If you crochet, this is a fantastic charity effort to join! Feel Better Friends currently has over 300 volunteers all over the United States (and even in other countries!), but they can always use more! Those interested in volunteering will be asked to first crochet a “test doll.” The program wants to be sure that each volunteer will be able to create dolls that looks like the children they are crocheting for. For all the details on volunteering and creating the “test doll,” visit their Volunteer page here. You can either join their Facebook group page (to receive instructions as well as valuable support and encouragement from other volunteers) or email your request to the group. If you are strictly a knitter with no desire to crochet, do note that while the program currently does not have a knitting pattern available for the dolls, this is something they are very interested in having available in the near future. I personally will keep this group on my radar and let readers know when a knitting pattern becomes available. Director Shannon Fouquet told me they really would like to make a knitting pattern available, because they would love to have a greater pool of volunteers! So if you’re a knitter who also loves to crochet, or a diehard crocheter, I hope you’ll consider lending your efforts and skills to Feel Better Friends and give a sick child a loving friend!