Knit for Kids is a nationwide program that unites thousands of volunteer knitters to fight poverty with our knitting needles.
With every stitch, together we give hope and warmth to vulnerable children living inpoverty or other difficult situations around the globe. For millions of children, a hand-made item isn't just a sweater, capor blanket. It's a chance at better health. It's protection and warmth from freezing temperatures. And it's a symbol of support for a better future.
For any child to achieve his or her full potential, the foundation of good health and hygiene must be established. Yet, millions of children live in tattered clothes because they can't afford decent clothing to protect them from the elements. This is why we do what we do.
Sixty percent of the items World Vision receives are distributed as far away as Armenia, Nicaragua, Swaziland, and Tanzania. Forty percent go to destinations as close as Appalachia, New Orleans, and the Bronx. Sometimes these creations are shipped to an area that experienced a recent natural disaster.
The hub of Knit for Kids is our global distribution center in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, which delivers every donated hand-knitted item we collect.
the story of a Sweater
Knit for Kids began in 1996 by Guideposts magazine as a way to send hand-knit or crocheted sweaters to children in need. Thanks to volunteer knitters, over half a million children have received something new for the first time in their lives. As children grow out of their sweaters, they often become cherished hand-me-downs to other children.
In 2009, Guideposts magazine turned the Knit for Kids program over to long-time partner World Vision in order to help even more children in need.
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.
Working in nearly 100 countries around the world including the United States, World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. World Vision is driven by the belief that every child deserves to live life to its fullest potential, and the knowledge that healthy, educated children have a better chance of improving the future of their entire communities.
Hope and joy through the smile of a child.
Along with other World Vision items that are meeting the critical needs of children, the sweater makes its way into the arms of a child living in poverty - bringing warmth, comfort, and a ray of excitement over the special gift! The hand-made item is a beacon of hope to that child and the child's family. It tells them that someone across the world cares about them... that they are not alone in their fight to thrive.
Knitted/crocheted items most recently distributed to children in:
Albania, Bosnia, Romania, Chile, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Rwanda, and El Salvador.
World Vision's dedicated field staff works diligently and efficiently to meet the critical needs of as many people as possible. How they do this varies by each community, but Knit for Kids items are delivered to families and children along with other supplies such as medicines, food provisions, bed nets, school supplies, survival tools, and much more. To maintain efficiency and keep our staff focused on meeting these critical needs, we are unable to report specific details of your donated item at this time.
Once you sponsor a child, you will learn how you can send special packages directly to him or her!
You may not be able to send large knitted items due to size restrictions, but small caps and other knitted or crocheted treasures could be your way of sending joy and love to your chosen sponsored child.
Due to high import duties and restrictions by foreign governments, many local World Vision offices cannot receive packages larger than a 6"x9" envelope for sponsored children. You will send your envelopes to your child's World Vision national country office — details which will be mailed to you and can be found online once you sponsor.