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Jan 1, 2018 10:00:00   #
pjcoldren
 
I know that Canadians at times have struggled to find a place to donate the items they create for charity. That makes Casting Off the Cold a perfect choice for those who wish to help their fellow Canadians in need.

this can be checked out at Knitting Nuggets, a blog by NHaschke@knittingforcharity.org
 
Jan 1, 2018 10:32:48   #
Joy Marshall (a regular here)
 
I couldn't get into this website without giving me email address, etc., so that's out. Also, I don't know where the articles are to be sent. Wherever it is, if it being mailed, postage in Canada is horrendous.
Jan 1, 2018 15:10:07   #
Jessica-Jean (a regular here)
 
pjcoldren wrote:
I know that Canadians at times have struggled to find a place to donate the items they create for charity. That makes Casting Off the Cold a perfect choice for those who wish to help their fellow Canadians in need.

this can be checked out at Knitting Nuggets, a blog by NHaschke@knittingforcharity.org
Giving someone's e-mail address isn't the right way to do it. Link to the blog: http://castingoffthecold.blogspot.ca/

I second Joy's remark about postage. It sucks big-time!
As the daughter of a retired USPS employee and the sister to another, it may seem like heresy, but I spend as little as possible for postal services. Packages are cheaper to mail from the US to Canada than to mail across Canada. That's insane!

My charity knits get handed over to various local organizations. It may not be the most efficient means, but it works for me.
Jan 1, 2018 18:26:10   #
misszzzzz
 
Many places here to donate.
Jan 1, 2018 22:24:04   #
lobsterlice
 
I am knitting for the local homeless shelter here in Ottawa, I do this throughout the year in between knitting toys for orphanages in the Philippines and India. There seems to be more and more homeless each year. I love donating the items to the people because I know the things I knit are well appreciated and used
Jan 1, 2018 23:42:44   #
Bonnie7591 (a regular here)
 
I donate hats & mitts to the local school, the Reserve day care & Bags of Love, all of which can be donated locally without mailing. I agree, postage has gotten insane
 
Jan 1, 2018 23:43:58   #
nittineedles
 
Like Jessica-Jean I give locally. Every year I knit 62 toques for the local Rotary Club to put in shoe boxes with other essentials. They then wrap them in Christmas wrap and deliver them to a local shelter.
Jan 2, 2018 12:35:25   #
deexer
 
It is really sad that we make things for charity and can't send them off because postage is too high. My sister does quilts for babies and it costs her $35.00 to mail them.
Jan 3, 2018 01:10:17   #
Jessica-Jean (a regular here)
 
deexer wrote:
It is really sad that we make things for charity and can't send them off because postage is too high. My sister does quilts for babies and it costs her $35.00 to mail them.
Is she so lucky as to live in a place that has a post office but no needy?
Jan 3, 2018 11:02:15   #
deexer
 
[quote=Jessica-Jean]Is she so lucky as to live in a place that has a post office but no needy?[/quote
I don't think there is such a place but her quilts are for sick kids and the quilt is about what the kids are interested in. It's kind of like the make a wish foundation.
Jan 3, 2018 16:05:36   #
Jessica-Jean (a regular here)
 
deexer wrote:
Jessica-Jean wrote:
Is she so lucky as to live in a place that has a post office but no needy?

I don't think there is such a place but her quilts are for sick kids and the quilt is about what the kids are interested in. It's kind of like the Make a Wish Foundation.
Great cause! It's too bad Canada Post does't have a charitable donation rate. Maybe she could ask at FedEx or UPS if they would consider transporting her quilts at a reduced rate - or even free as their charitable contribution to the cause?? Can't hurt to ask. Maybe publicize it on local radio/TV? I'll bet folks would love to chip in for the shipping, since not everyone can produce gorgeous quilts.
 
Jan 3, 2018 17:46:10   #
deexer
 
That's a great idea. She makes a lot of them along with a bunch of other quilters. Canada post just charged her $36.00 for one quilt.
 
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