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Published July 2nd 2013
Pick up some yarn, make someone's day
Crafting for charity can make a crucial difference to someone's life.
When the beautiful "Sunshine State" is, in fact, rained out there is a spike in indoorsy productivity. When it's too cold for the beach and too wet for a picnic, it's time to grab the knitting needles and your favourite twine - you just might make someone's day. There's arguably few feelings greater than finishing a beautiful craft project - but what if the blanket you just finished will be sent off to a child in need? What if sitting down with a cup of tea and a new knitting project this Winter will help someone else see it through to Spring? Whatever your favourite craft, there's a way you can use it to help others.
The Australian Red Cross is always looking for new volunteers to knit Trauma Teddies. They supply an easy-to-follow knitting pattern and any colour combinations are welcome, so you still have the freedom to express your own creativity. These cuddly little buddies are sent off to emergency services, so they're handy when a child is in need of something cuddly.
Quilts 4 Kids is an international group of crafters who make quilts for Australian children with life-threatening illnesses. Since 2005, the group has sent over 180 individual quilts to Aussie children. To satiate your crafty desires and help out a great cause, contact Quilts 4 Kids.
Similarly, Knit 4 Charity is a group of Australian knitters and crocheters who bring warmth to people in need across the nation. The group has donated over 50 000 items to various charities since its establishment in 2006.
Classie host a range of craft classes including Knitting for Beginners in the CBD, where you start at the beginning with the very basics. You'll receive materials in a knitting pack, as well as a complimentary tea, coffee or soft drink.
Classie also have Knitting: Beginners Extension classes for those who feel overwhelmed or uncertain about how to begin or finish your project.
These groups are just a few of many charitable crafting organisations. Each of their creations are made with love and serve as a reminder that everyone can make a difference to another individual. So go on, turn some of that morose rainy-day time into charity time.