I don’t normally write about charities that concentrate on crochet, but I happened to find a charity that was too compelling for me to ignore. It’s called “Granny Squares of Love.” It does help that granny squares are the one kind of crochet I’ve become reasonably decent at (as well as being the kind of project that once I start, it’s very difficult for me to stop). It also helps that its mission is wide-reaching; this charity is always on the lookout for ways to care for the needy through the warmth of handmade items. Recognizing that most of the people who read Knitting for Charity are, well, knitters, I was curious if Granny Squares of Love had any use for knitting. I posted a question asking about this to the charity’s “About Us” page on its website, and I received the following response: “Thank you so much for reaching out to us! We also accept knitting items, but it would be best if the knitted items were already made into a blanket, hat, or scarf, as we do not know how to put the knitted squares together. I have tried in the past and I don’t seem to do it right. Hopefully, I will eventually have someone attend one of our local meetings that also knows how to knit and they can show me the best way to put knitted squares together. Thank you again!” So if you would prefer to stick with knitting, never fear: this charity still has a place for you!
How You Can Help
As you can see, Granny Squares of Love is not simply about granny squares. However, if you enjoy crocheting granny squares like I do (and maybe even have wondered if there was a charity use for them), this is the perfect opportunity for you. Be sure to check their Granny Square Donation Guidelines page to ensure that your squares meet their needs. If you want to stick with knitting, you can create full blankets, hats, and scarves. And, if you happen to have excess acrylic yarn that you don’t need or want for any reason, feel free to pass them on to Granny Squares of Love — they always appreciate yarn gifts. You can send any of your donations to the mailing address that is displayed on nearly every page of the GSOL website. Finally, if you’d like some inspiration, be sure to pour over the site’s home page, which is where GSOL keeps a running blog. This blog not only shows off photos of the beautiful donations made, but it also lets readers know where donations are going. This is a varied group that includes homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, needy mothers and their newborns, and nursing homes. Wherever there is need, GSOL offers help. This is such a fantastic group that’s been in existence since 2011 and continues to grow. Whether you prefer knitting or crochet, you can touch the lives of needy folks!