By any name–knitting for others, knit it forward, service projects, charity knitting, gifts for humanity—our Guild cares by knitting.

Here’s how you can help:Hats1

  • Knit hats, scarves, shawls, mittens and slippers.
  • Bring knitted donations to any monthly Guild meeting.
  • Add a Philanthropy Hang Tag to your project to include a message to the recipient, to list fiber content, to note laundering instructions or just to say hello.
  • Contact Philanthropy Coordinator Arlene Shaposhnick at with questions, comments and suggestions.

Our 2015 Philanthropy Organizations

Handmade Especially For You distributes “comfort” scarves to shelters for abused women. Knitted and crocheted scarves are donated to more than 60 shelters in California including Becky’s House and Rachel’s House, both in San Diego, and the Women’s Resource Center in Oceanside. Knit any scarf pattern or try one of these: Scarf Made From Two Different Yarns or Horizontal Scrap Scarf On Circular Needles or Diagonal Comfort Scarf.  Learn more at

Oz San Diego serves teens who are experiencing school and family difficulties, and those who have run away from abusive homes and are homeless. Located in Oceanside, Oz focuses on youth strengths, and the development of coping, communication and life skills. Donated knitted hats and scarves become treasured gifts for some of the 350 to 500 homeless teens in San Diego County. Learn more at Oz Shelter.

Tête-à-Tête Hats distributes hats nationwide to chemotherapy patients, hospitalized infants and children, and others in need of head coverings. Knitted hats, caps, cloches, tams, beanies and berets in all sizes for girls, boys, women and men are welcome. Learn more at Têtê-à-Tête Hats.

Operation Gratitude sends care packages to U.S. service members deployed overseas to lift their spirits. Knitted hats and scarves for men and women are included in every package. Learn more at Operation GratitudeWe will be sending a shipment of hats and scarves to Operation Gratitude in mid-September; please bring your donations for this wonderful  organization to the September meeting.

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Jeanette Ollivier and Arlene Shaposhnick collecting knitted donations at a Guild meeting. An unnamed guest models a colorful hat and soft scarf.