This box was sent off today to The Komi Kids Yarn Project. I had some yarn of my own, plus needles and yarn from my mom and some friends, plenty to fill a box and send it off to Sandra at Thisle Cove Farm.
She will be putting together a shipment this Spring to send off to Russian children. It just warms my heart to know those needles and yarn will be of use to a child so far away.
There are many places to donate yarn and needles. Most churches and senior centers have craft or knitting groups that knit for charity. My daughter's philanthropy organization partners with many outreach groups such as women's shelters and after-school programs for kids where they are happy to accept craft materials for their activities.
It's pretty easy to fill a box and drop it off at the post office. I'm always so amazed at the knitters who spend their own time knitting for charity. Hats and blankets and mittens and so on. I did some knitting for the Dulaan project a while back and it just felt amazing to send off a few hats. For now, I have so little time, that I look at my teaching as a form of giving. Why is it, though, that I always feel like I got more than the students did after each class?