A few weeks ago, reader Kathy sent me an email asking me to add “Methodist Children’s Home” to our list of children’s charities. She added, “It is located in west Texas, and unlike the coast, where I live, they are subject to snow. They provide homes to foster children, wards of the State, and all kinds of children until they are of age. I try to send something myself every year.” I happen to be Methodist myself, which added to my interest. While Kathy was writing from Texas, a quick online search discovered that Methodist Children’s Homes are located all over the United States. While not all Methodist Children’s Homes are the same, they often have the same qualities. All of them are devoted to helping children recover from traumatic situations, including homelessness, parental death or incarceration, abuse, neglect, or abandonment, to name a few. Some of the services provided by Methodist Children’s Homes include foster care, residential care, transitional housing, parental support and education, literacy services, and more. Methodist Children’s Homes are usually funded partially through government support and partially through donations. As such, they are usually on very tight budgets and can cover only the necessities. As charity knitters, this is where we come in!
How You Can Help
I asked Kathy what sort of items would be accepted by the children’s home in Waco, TX. Her response: “I’m sure they would take anything from hats to twin afghans. The children are from very young to eighteen years. I’m sure just about anything would be appreciated. The children as always generally appreciate any gift they receive.” In other words, just about anything you would enjoy making would undoubtedly be appreciated. My suggestion would be to contact a United Methodist church in your area. That would be the best way to find the nearest Children’s Home, which you can then contact to find out what sort of needs they would appreciate having met through your knitting. You can find a local Methodist church either in the phone book or by using the Find-a-Church function on the United Methodist Church’s official website. So if you would like to reach the needest young people in your area, finding a nearby Methodist Children’s Home may well be a great place to offer your charity knitting.