To help make the holidays a little brighter for kids at Philadelphia’s Covenant House, we’ll be knitting and crocheting them hats, mittens, scarves, and baby blankets. If you’d like to help us, you can join us at Knitting Circle on Sundays from 3-5pm to work on your donation or drop them off any time during store hours.
Covenant House has been helping homeless youth in Philadelphia since 1999. They “work to help homeless, runaway, trafficked and at-risk youth escape the streets forever and transition to a life with stable housing, a solid educational foundation, and sustained employment.” You can read more about Covenant House and their work on their website.
Most of Covenant House’s clients are 18-21 years old, so please size your knits accordingly. You’re welcome to use any pattern you like – pick an old favorite or try something new! You can also use any yarn you have, although yarn that’s machine washable will be easier to care for.
For every item you donate, you’ll get a chance to win a $25 gift card to Loop. Hats and mittens earn you 1 chance, scarves earn you 3 chances, and baby blankets earn you 5. We’ll draw one winner at the end of November and one at the end of December, so you’ll have plenty of time to participate.
We’re also collecting items from Covenant House’s wishlist, so even if you don’t have time to knit, you can still participate. Here’s a list of things you can donate:
for Boys and Girls
Gift Cards for Movie Theater, Target, Walmart, Grocery Stores, $5 McDonalds
Soap (sensitive skin)
Hygiene gift sets (Axe, Old Spice, etc.)
*Clothes Can range in size from S-XL But mainly M and L and should be in Black/Blue/Gray*
Bath & Body Works
Hair Care Products
Toys (Ages Infant through 12)
Infant Seat Covers
Please note that they are asking for new items only, nothing used, at this time. For every non-knit item you donate, you’ll receive a chance to win a gift card too!
We all know how good it feels to wear something you knit and to receive a hand knit gift. Just imagine how good it will feel if no one’s ever made something for you. That’s what we can give these kids by doing something we already love to do.