Where to donate a quilt? 6 caring ways to share the warmth ❤️

Quilting is often a shared affair. Guilds, groups, get-togethers, swaps, round-robins, quilt-alongs, and more provide a place for us to show and tell. Not to mention those trips to the local quilt shop, where we love to congregate too!

Whenever quilters gather, there’s a power surge. Frequently, quilters are known to use that power for a good cause. And with the holidays on the horizon, it’s the perfect time of year to use our skills to help others.

Below you’ll find a list of quilt charities that need your help. Read on for details about each organization; then get involved! Your good deeds—in quilt form—will help make someone’s life special.

Where to Give

The mission of Quilts of Valor is “to cover all combat service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing quilts.” Since 2003, quilters have donated more than 195,000 quilts through Quilts of Valor. Click here for a map that will help you locate an active Quilts of Valor group or quilt shop in your area.

Project Linus provides comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need by giving them new handmade quilts and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.” They’ve delivered more than seven million quilts and blankets to children since 1995.

Binky Patrol distributes quilts to children who are born HIV-positive, drug-addicted, or infected with chronic and terminal illnesses, as well as to children who are abused, in foster care, or experiencing trauma. The organization has more than 50 chapters across the U.S. Join a local chapter or start your own!

Quilts for Kids needs volunteer quilters who will transform fabrics into quilts to comfort children in need. Visit their site to download a quilt pattern, find a local Quilts for Kids chapter, or learn how to create your own chapter where you live.

The One Million Pillowcase Challenge, created by our friends at American Patchwork & Quilting magazine, challenges those who quilt and sew to help reach a goal of donating one million pillowcases to charity. Find more than 70 free pillowcase patterns, lists of charities, and more at their site.

Quilts Beyond Borders is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that provides quilts to underserved children, mainly orphans, across the world. Since 2007, the organization has donated thousands of quilts to children in 25 countries, including Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Honduras, Guatemala, and Uganda. Currently their priorities include Syrian refugees and children and elders living in the Navajo Nation.

If you’re interested in donating quilts locally, consider contacting your local quilt guild to ask about their charitable programs. You can search for local quilt guilds here and local modern quilt guilds here.

What to Give

When choosing charity quilts to make, be sure to follow the requirements of the organization to which you’re donating, as some charities have size requirements and other specific needs (for instance, quilts donated to hospitals should be machine pieced and quilted to stand up to multiple washes). Need some pattern ideas? Check out our Quick and Easy category of books at our website.

Are you planning to make a charity quilt this year? Tell us about your plans in the comments!

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