Where to Donate

This is a list of suggested charities to get you started. Please contact charities in your local area before donating to make sure they are accepting donations and to find out if they have any suggestions as to what type of item they need or restrictions on supplies used (i.e. Operation Write Home has card size recommendations and asks that you not use glitter). If you have a charity you would like to see listed here, please email craftforward@meredith.com

January: Birthday Cards

Suggested Recipients: Youth Shelters, Homeless Shelters, Hospitals, Operation Write Home

February: Lollipop Covers

Suggested Recipients: Youth Shelters, Head-Start Daycares, Domestic Violence Shelters, Hospitals

March: Banners

Suggested Recipients: Hospitals, Hospices, Assisted Living Facilities

April: Baskets

Suggested Recipients: Homeless and Youth Shelters, Women’s Shelters, Assisted Living Facilities

May: Floral Topiaries

Suggested Recipients: Women’s Shelters, Hospitals, Intensive Care Units, and Hospices

June: Patriotic Cards

Suggested Recipients: Cards for Soldiers, Operation Write Home

July: Bookmarks

Suggested Recipients: Literacy Programs, Elementary Schools, Operation Kid Equip

August: All-Purpose Cards

Suggested Recipients: Hospitals, Hospice, Operation Write Home, Cards for Soldiers

September: Door Décor

Suggested Recipients: Assisted Living Facilities, Hospices, Retirement Communities, Schools

October: Treat Buckets

Suggested Recipients: Children’s Hospitals, Family Assistance Facilities

November: Placemats

Suggested Recipients: Soup Kitchens, Meal Delivery Programs, Assisted Living Facilities

December: Paper Trees

Suggested Recipients: Assisted Living Facilities, Transitional Living Facilities, Domestic Violence Shelters.

More information under “Charitable Crafting Groups” below.

Charitable Crafting Groups

  • Cards for Soldiers

    See website for specific size and theme requests.

    Send cards to:
    Cards for Soldiers
    5 Spicebush Circle
    Litchfield, NH 03052

  • Love Letters: Random Cards of Kindness
    Founded and run by a Florida teenager, Love Letters “creates positive and inspirational homemade cards
    for children with life-threatening illnesses.”
  • Life Books
    General effort to create scrapbooks for kids in foster homes.
  • Needle and ThREAD: Stitching for Literacy
  • Operation: Kid Equip
    Provides free school supplies, books, hygiene items, food and clothing to students in need across metro Detroit. They would love handmade bookmarks to place inside donated books.

  • Operation Write Home
    OWH receives handmade cards donated by crafters across America, then send them out to soldiers
    to help them keep in touch with loved ones at home.

  • Rose of Durham – Ontario, Canada

    Works with young parents in Durham Region by providing supportive programming so they may build a better future for themselves and for their children.

    Would like Birthday Cards, Mother’s Day Cards and Christmas Cards.

Additional charitable ideas

  • Donate your extra supplies to women’s shelters, children’s hospitals, and schools.
  • Create projects to be sold in charitable auctions.
  • Volunteer to teach crafting classes at retirement communities and women’s shelters.

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