CRAFT FOR A CAUSE
Spotlight is proud to support a number of national and local charities through the Craft for a Cause initiative. The program connects customers with charitable craft organisations around the country and enables them to make, share and donate their creations to those who need them the most.
Red Nose 'Treasured Babies' - Australia
Every year over 3,200 families experience the sudden and unexpected death of a baby or child, through stillbirth, SIDS or fatal sleeping accidents. That’s nine deaths per day. Red Nose are dedicated to saving lives of babies and children and where this is not possible supporting people impacted by the death of a baby or child.
The Red Nose Treasured Babies program donates garments and blankets to families who have been impacted by the death of a child, from 14 weeks to 32 weeks in pregnancy. Through Spotlight’s Craft for A Cause program, we invite you to join us in creating garments to donate to a family in need. For drop off points & to donate, visit the Red Nose website at https://rednose.com.au/donation
Warming Hearts - New Zealand
Spotlight New Zealand is proud to support Warming Hearts NZ Trust, a charity dedicated to ensuring Kiwi babies in desperate need go home warm and stay warm. With the help of passionate volunteers and craft, knitting & community groups, Warming Hearts collects new and used essential clothing and bedding made from wool, merino, cotton and natural fibres. With a very special midwife network, the bundles are delivered exactly where they’re needed in a safe, private and empathetic way.
If you’d like to get involved, check out our simple Warming Hearts patterns. When finished, take your item to your local Spotlight store. Items will be accepted across the full month of June 2018. All donated items will be sent to Warming Hearts who, with the generosity of volunteers, package up and create the baby bundles. Want to do more? Head to www.warminghearts.co.nz to see more ways you can get involved.
Is my local Spotlight store involved?
All Spotlight stores across Australia & New Zealand will be knitting in store for World Knit in Public Day. Sessions will run from 11am to 2pm.
Do I need to register to take part in the in store knitting events, or can I just show up?
You can just show up - the more the merrier!
Do I need to bring my own wool and needles?
While patterns will be provided, it would be great if you could bring (or purchase) your preferred wool, needles and any embellishments (i.e. buttons).
I want to make something that’s not one of the suggested patterns. Will this be helpful?
Ideally we want to create high needs items that have been requested from the charities, however if you would like to create a knitted toy (for example) or knit from a pattern of your own we will gladly accept this.
Where will my garment end up?
All garments created, and dropped off, in store will be sent directly to Warming Hearts HQ in Auckland or Red Nose HQ in Port Melbourne. From here volunteers will sort the items and package into bundles, ready to be sent to families in need via their confidential midwife and support networks.
CRAFT FOR A CAUSE DIRECTORY
Are you a passionate crafter that wants to make to give? Connect with local charitable groups in your area and find out how you can get involved! Want to add your cause to the listing? It’s free – email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Knit One Give One – supports over 250 community groups with hand knitted and crocheted items.
The Snuggles Project – make a blanket for an animal shelter.
Wildlife Victoria – Make a pouch or nest box for injured wildlife.
Royal Children’s Hospital – all kinds of handmade donations (within their guidelines) are welcomed. Check the link.
Knitted Knockers – Knit a cotton breast prosthesis for a woman who’s survived breast cancer and undergone a mastectomy.
Knit baby items for indigenous babies supported by the Malabar Midwives Service – the Royal Hospital For Women(Randwick, NSW) accepts these and will pass them on..
Softies For Mirabel – make a toy for a child who has been abandoned or orphaned due to parental illicit substance abuse
Knitting For Brisbane’s Needy – they’d love all kinds of crocheted or knitted items to distribute to those in need – and other things too. Click the link for more info.
Very Snuggly Quilts and Quilts Of Love – creating and donating quilts to important projects and people. They also work with Wrapped In Love.
Tiny Sparks – knitting and sewing tiny clothes for newborn – usually premature – babies in the neonatal unit.
The Stitched With Love Club (Miracle Babies) – creating clothing and keepsakes for premature and sick babies.
Wrap With Love – handmade knitted, sewn and crocheted items are distributed to a variety of non-denominational and non-political aid groups.
Capes 4 Kids – handmade capes for kids who are in hospital undergoing treatment or experienced challenging situations.
Days for Girls sews reusable sanitary hygiene kits for girls and women in developing countries all around the world.
Wrap With Love (NSW) . They knit and craft beautiful wraps for poor, needy and vulnerable communities locally and overseas.