Craftivism Warm Up America

Published on April 3rd, 2017 | by Julie Finn


Crafting for Good: Warm Up America!

Warm Up America! distributes knitted and crocheted items to non-profits and needy individuals all over the country, but their real claim to fame is their afghan project.

Warm Up America

If you like to knit or crochet but don’t feel like you ever have the time to make a finished piece, so how can you possibly craft for charity, then I have the perfect organization for you:

Warm Up America!

Warm Up America! distributes knitted and crocheted items to non-profits and needy individuals all over the country, but their real claim to fame is their afghan project. Instead of knitting or crocheting an entire afghan, all you really have to do is knit or crochet one 7″x 9″ rectangle (here’s one pattern, although you’re welcome to use your own). Have time to make another? Great! Don’t have time to make another? Totally fine!

Your 7″x 9″ rectangle will be joined with everyone else’s 7″x 9″ rectangle until it’s afghan-sized, and then it will be donated. Do that over and over and over again, and you can see how even your one piece makes a real difference.

One of the things that I really like about Warm Up America! is that crafters are encouraged to donate within their own community. If you knit or crochet, you probably know someone else who does, as well. And they probably know someone else. Find a group, work together, and you can rack up a sizable donation right into the place where you live. If you don’t have the time or desire to do that, though, the Warm Up America! Foundation does accept your knitted or crocheted pieces; volunteers at the foundation can get them joined and send where they’re needed.

Another thing that I really love is Warm Up America’s emphasis on encouraging kids to craft and donate. Knitting and crocheting are skills that many children–many of whom would LOVE it!–simply aren’t being taught, and the skill of giving back isn’t always being taught either, frankly. Teaching kids to knit and crochet while teaching them how to give back are valuable skills that will enrich their lives for their lifetime–and beyond, if they, too, pass on their skills.

Image credit: Warm Up America image via Warm Up America and Joanna

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I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

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