Uniting Knitters Across America
Knit for Kids is a nationwide program that unites thousands of volunteer knitters to fight poverty with their knitting needles.
With every stitch, together we give hope and warmth to vulnerable children living in poverty or other difficult situations around the globe.
For millions of children, a hand-made item isn’t just a sweater, cap or 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.
The hub of Knit for Kids is our global distribution center in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, which delivers every donated hand-knitted item we collect. Once the center receives enough items to fill a pallet for shipping, they are packed and shipped wherever the need is the greatest. Sixty percent of the items World Vision receives are distributed as far away as Armenia, Nicaragua, Swaziland, and Tanzania, while forty percent go to destinations as close as Appalachia, New Orleans, and the Bronx. Sometimes these creations are even shipped to an area that experienced a recent natural disaster.
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.
Why we do what we do
According to UNICEF, nearly 19,000 children under age 5 die every day mainly due to unmet basic survival needs.* 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.
*Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed, Progress Report 2012
About World Vision
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.
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In 2012, 85 percent of World Vision’s total operating expenses were used for programs that benefit children, families, and communities in need.