Featured Charities that Accept Handmade Items

These charities have been chosen because they accept handmade items and are highly rated by the Charity Navigator. But do your own research to make sure their values align with your own and they are still accepting handmade items.

When every possible, please make a monetary donation when sending your DIY items. Handling and distribution of donated items can be the biggest expense to getting the items to those who need them.


Meals on Wheel

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is a program that delivers meals to individuals at home who are unable to purchase or prepare their own meals. 

What you can make and donate:
Tray Favors, Placemats, Cards


Handmade blanket Donations

The Linus Project

The Linus Project is a non-profit organization which provides blankets for children in need. More than 7 million blankets have been donated since 1995.

What you can make and donate:
Any type of handmade blankets including fleece tie, knitted, crocheted and quilted.


Handmade Items

Cards for Hospitalized Kids

Cards for Hospitalized Kids is an organization that spreads hope, joy & magic to hospitalized kids across America through uplifting, handmade cards.

What you can make and donate:
Handmade cards


Handmade Items

Smiles with Style

Smiles with Style is a friendly, fun and compassionate volunteer organization that provides hospitalized children with small makeovers and a chance to play dress-up.

What you can make and donate:
Dress up costume pieces, superhero capes


Handmade Items

Ryan’s Case for Smiles

Ryan’s Case for Smiles helps with the stress and emotional impact of illness with whimsical pillowcases that give children an emotional boost.

What you can make and donate:
Bright, cheery handmade pillowcases.


Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude provides care packages filled with items donated by people who want to express their support for heroes serving overseas and here at home.

What you can make and donate
Paracord “Survival” Bracelets, Knit or Crochet Hat and Scarfs, Drawstring Bags, Letters, Neck Gainers


Enchanted Makeovers

Enchanted Makeovers provides projects, programs and makeovers of the physical space, women and children in shelters are introduced to a way of life, a way of thinking that helps to shift their outlook about their lives and possibilities for the future. A path is created for creativity, self-expression and worth.

What you can make and donate
Superhero Capes, Pillow Cases, Handmade Dolls


Send a Smile 4 Kids

Send a Smile 4 Kids collects donated handmade cards to be distributed to children while they are inpatient at Children’s Hospitals across the United States.

What you can make and donate
Handmade cards


Make and Donate fleece blankets

Cancer CAREpoint

Cancer CAREpoint provides personalized Counseling, Assistance, Resources & Education to all Silicon Valley cancer patients, survivors, families & caregivers.

What you can make and donate:
Fleece Tied Blankets


The Anti-Cruelty Society

The Anti-Cruelty Society is an animal welfare organization whose mission is to build a community of caring by helping pets and educating people.

What you can make and donate
Dog and Cat Toys, Dog and Cat Beds, Dog Bandannas


Operation Blankets of Love

OBOL is a California-based animal protection organization that provides shelters and other rescue groups with life-saving comfort items, helping homeless animals find forever homes.

What you can make and donate

Dog/Cat Treats, Blankets & Pet Beds, Collars, Leashes & Harnesses, Toys


Giving the Basics

Giving the Basics efficiently tracks the need for personal care items and distributes them to food pantries and schools, making these basic supplies accessible to 250,000 people monthly.

What you can make and donate
Personal Care Kits


Dometic Selters

Dometic Selters makes is a central website that makes finding the right shelter and information easier for woman experiencing domestic abuse. With help from the community, most shelters provide survivors everything they need to start over from bedding and towels to toothbrushes and shampoo. Put in your zip code and find out what is on their wish list or call ahead to ask about other items.

What you can make and donate
Personal Care Kits


Operation Care and Comfort

Operation Care and Comfort provides support and comfort to “adopted” units of deployed U.S. military service members, serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other conflict regions. Working within the community and through donations received the assemble and ship care packages to our adopted units every month until they return home.

What you can make and donate
Personal Care Kits


Ronald McDonald House

 Ronald McDonald House supports sick children throughout their recovery, gives families a comfortable place to stay during a difficult time and offers medical services to children who are without.

What you can make and donate
Personal Care Kits


Foster Care to Success

Foster Care to Success

Foster Care to Success has worked with thousands of foster youth to overcome the challenges, doubts, and fears they face. They have developed many ground-breaking programs to provide children in foster care the skills and support they need to become successful.

What you can make and donate
Personal Care Kits, Red Knitter Scarves


Snuggles are security blankets for shelter animals. They provide physical and psychological comfort to the animals awaiting new homes. In most instances the animals are kept in areas with stainless steel braces or hard plastic flooring. It is the goal of the Snuggles Project that each animal would get a Snuggle to cuddle up with to feel comfort as well as a bit of security during their stay. The Snuggles would allow them to have a little reprieve from the coldness of the cage they are kept in.

What you can make and donate
Kennel Beds


Soldier’s Angels has a global network of volunteers — representing all 50 states and 12 countries abroad — that works tirelessly to ensure that those who serve or have served are supported, uplifted, and remembered through a variety of support programs including making handmade items.

What you can make and donate
Letters, Cards, Coloring Pages