Quilting for a Cause: Charitable Organizations That Need Your Quilts!

Quilting for a Cause: Charitable Organizations That Need Your Quilts!

Once you catch the quilting bug, you just can’t stop sewing! Soon, every bed in your home is dressed to the nines. Then you start gifting quilts to family and friends. And when all your loved ones have received as many quilts as they can handle, do you stop there? Of course not! You start looking for strangers in need of a beautiful, cozy quilt. After all, there’s just nothing that compares to the comfort of a handmade quilt that has been pieced with love.

Quilting for a Cause: Where to Donate Your Charity Quilts!

Looking for a place to donate your quilts? Here are a few ideas:

Give Quilts to Veterans/Active Military

  • Quilts of Valor // Donate a quilt or even donate your longarm quilting services. You can even choose a specific person to give your QOV to if you like. Just make sure to check on size requirements before you start! (Ideal size: 60”x80”) Review their  guidelines HERE.
  • Quilts of Honor // This organization was created to “honor members of our active military and veterans by showing them how much we appreciate their sacrifice and service with our “Quilted Hugs of Gratitude.” You can contribute by donating finished quilts, fabric and other quilting supplies, or donate monetarily.

Give Quilts to Children in Need

  • Project Linus // Donate blankets (not just quilts) to children in need… there are chapters in all 50 states. You can donate $$ online, but if you want to donate finished blankets and quilts, you can contact your nearest Project Linus Chapter HERE.
  • Snuggled in Hope Quilts // This is a group that provides quilts to Flying Horse Farms Camp for kids with serious illness and they provide a quilt to each member of the camp each summer… over 400 quilts each summer. Donate finished quilts (ideal size 55×65”), complete quilt tops, fabric, other supplies. Find their Wish List HERE.
  • Wrap Them in Love // Accept donated quilts, fabric, batting, or other quilting supplies, so if you don’t have time to make a quilt, but want to share your stash, this is a good one for you. Find the details on how you can help HERE.
  • Quilts for Kids // Quilts are given to children who suffer from abuse or life-threatening illnesses. Send in a complete quilt (ideal size: Approximately 38″- 40″ x 45″- 46″) or request a kit to donate your time (you supply love, time, binding, batting and thread): http://www.quiltsforkids.org/shop.htm Can also donate monetarily.

A quilt is a special gift, one that can spread comfort to those in need. We encourage you to take a look around your own community. Who needs a quilt? Homeless shelters, women’s shelters, and hospitals are always a great place to start. Leave a comment and let us know where you like to donate your quilts. Happy quilting for a cause!

  • Mary D

    Another organization to donate quilts & blamkets to is a local foster care organization. Lots of children are in the foster care system, some waiting on a forever home. My hrother & wife adopted all 3 of their children so I give to the foster care organization.

  • Kay Morris

    Quilter’s Dream Batting also accepts donated lap quilts, etc. for ALS patients.

  • That is a great suggestion! Thank you, Mary!!

  • Wonderful! Thank you, @disqus_RFjOfp9do2:disqus!!

  • Nicol R. Sargent

    My goal in the near future is taking my scraps and making fidget quilts for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients and donating them to a local nursing home.

  • Jeanne

    Also consider Children’s Hospitals. I donate to American Family Children’s Hospital at University of Wisconsin. They love getting quilts and try to give one to every child admitted.

  • Janet Swift

    Thank you, thank you. I cannot tell you how much these are appreciated by staff as well as the resident!

  • Karen

    I have a group of friends in Syracuse, NY and we are making quilts for refugees as they come into our city. Cold weather is such a surprise for them so a lovely bit of warmth to take the edge off the shivers is a warm hearted response from our community. Anyone in the Central New York area would be welcome to donate a quilt to our New Americans! InterFaith Works of CNY. Join us!

  • DickeyandPam Tinkle

    I am fairly new at quilting and don’t know what a fidget quilt is.

  • Nicol R. Sargent

    Basically, lap size quilts with buttons, ties, zippers, etc attached. Dementia patients gets agitated very easy and the staff lay these on their laps and they “fidget” with the buttons, zippers, etc. It helps them refocus on something else and calm down. Pinterest has lots of ideas. You can sew pockets on them, clear envelops to insert photos, yarn for braiding, ribbon for tying. Lots of ideas!!!!!

  • Jeannie Cordum Edwards

    Binky Patrol is another organization that supplies quilts for children in need.

  • Sharon Bethel

    The Children’s Hospital at St. Francis in Tulsa, Oklahoma is an award winning facility specializing in various childhood diseases, including cancer, and partners with other hospitals around the country to provide the best care possible for their young patients. The Oklahoma based nonprofit organization, Tulsa Quilts for Kids, donate quilts of all sizes to the children being served by this facility with workshops held on a quarterly basis.

  • Marilyn Nixon

    Please put a permanent link to this information (and keep updating it) on your 1st page. Or, maybe have a place on one of your drop down boxes. I can’t participate now but would love to have the option later – great information

  • Barb Reinert

    The Sacred Shawl Society, the only women’s shelter on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in Martin, SD is always in need of quilts and blankets. Many of the women and children have next to nothing when they arrive. A warm quilt for a traumatized child goes a long way to helping them feel safe again. Pine Ridge is one of the poorest communities in the entire US with extremely substandard housing conditions. Many homes lack heat. A warm quilt might even make the difference between life and death during a bitter South Dakota winter.

  • Karen, that is wonderful! Thank you for sharing your suggestion!!

  • Thanks Jeannie!

  • Thanks Sharon!

  • Thanks for the suggestion, Marilyn! We will definitely be updating this post periodically and will try to make sure it stays accessible!

  • Thank you, Barb!!

  • What a wonderful suggestion! Thank you, Nicol!

  • Lisa Bresnan Zafar

    Hi Nicol. I am not sure what a fidget quilt is. I would love to make quilts for our local nursing home and the one one grandmother is in who is 101 years young by the way!

    Sorry- just saw your reply to the same question below. 🙂

  • Geri schick

    The Women of Hope from Vistation church, Eaton, Oh donated quilts, knitted scarves, hats and gloves to the local Glenmary Missionaries. We donated over a hundred items last year. We work all year then in early December we gather our items and take them to a different needy group. We’ve give to the local abuse centers, homeless, and St. VIncent de Paul Centers.

  • Deb Cosby

    My church, Mesa Community Fellowship in Pueblo, CO does an annual mission for the Pine Ridge Reservation. This year a group of the women are making baby quilts for them. The bin is filling up quickly!

  • Sandy Maricevich

    can you explain a “fidget quilt” please? I have and idea what it is but would like the true explanation

  • Nicol R. Sargent

    Scroll further down to see my prior explanation.

  • Annabelle Hammer

    Thank you for mentioning Project Linus, Jenny. When I retired last summer, I decided this was the charity quilting project to which I would devote myself. I have met many wonderful ladies from around my area and kids from middle schools and high schools who are “blankeeters”. I heard about a local church quilting group working on Project Linus and went to visit them and ended up joining the church because everyone, not only the quilters, are so warm and welcoming. Our chapter in Fairfax County Virginia also accepts quilt tops–which I finish on my longarm–and cotton and flannel fabric, batting and thread donations. Overall, my involvement with Project Linus has been a very positive experience for me and I’m glad I retired when I did in order to volunteer for this wonderful cause.

  • Harriet Wetherell

    Prayers and squares is a national group, my plano, Tx group of ten years has made over two thousand lap size quilts. We send when there is a disaster, when people need our prayers. The ties on the quilts are knotted , each with a prayer for the recipient. I sew everyday, it takes your mind off of yourself and gives you a way to contribute. Money is never a consideration, we have the tools and give lessons, fabric and above all a sisterhood. One lady only irons, then we have lunch and for retired persons this is a lifeline. Try looking for a group in your state. I also sew for putting prayers to action in Big Clifty, KY in Applachia. Love Jenny.

  • Marilyn

    Is there any group that will finish a quilt if I send them just finished tops?

  • Lynn Parr

    Above it says that Snuggled In Hope Quilts takes completed tops, check them out…..

  • Sue Wagner

    I donated a bunny snuggly quilt to the Summit County Sheriff’s Department in Utah for a child who was in a less-than-good situation. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0c6dc5cc887112f0efe1e48d88e3908947c8c792f63f56d5468a49de1743d483.jpg

  • Lora Rodgers Whitfield

    I just saw this and live in Broken Arrow! I will be looking into this…I would love to make quilts to donate for this wonderful organization!!

  • Margarita Sharp

    Our quilt guild has mini groups, quilts4kids for fire,police,fire department and abused kids. Hospice quilts and baby quilts for low income babies at hospital. We also have geared up and sent many quilts to 911, Katrina and many fire quilts. We have fun and fellowship while doing these quilts.

  • Jenny Cain

    The Dodge County Humane Society in Fremont Ne is in need of mini quilts 24×28 to be used in their kitty kennels. I’ve made a few but they need 32 that’s a lot of mini quilts for one person to make. I would appreciate any help to help my local shelter : )

  • Susie Cambria

    For the Project Linus description, please edit “all 50 states” to “all 50 states and the District of Columbia.” DC might not be a state but it’s got a chapter and now 700,000 residents, more than a state or two (or more, I’ve stopped counting!).