Knitting a Difference in our Community
The Greater Boston Knitting Guild (GBKG) is recognized as a philanthropic force in the Boston community. We are happy to put our needles to work for others as well as ourselves. Our first effort in 1993 was The Love Sweater, designed by a Guild member and knit by others to benefit the Children’s AIDS Program. And our efforts have never stopped. Guild members, along with their friends and family and local yarn shops, have been very generous in donating their time and craft. In 2020, a total of 2,791 knitted items, such as hats, scarves, shawls, cowls, and mittens, were donated. Today, we partner with The Knitting Connection, The Newborn Baby Unit at Boston Medical Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Plimoth Patuxet Museums.
Note: We have 3 yarn stores who accept the hats, scarfs, shawls, cowls, headbands, etc. as well as baby items for donations. You don’t have to be a member of the Guild to participate. The Greater Boston Knitting Guild (GBKG) then will take care of the distribution into the community.
15 Cambridge St (across from the Cafe Escadrille)
Plymouth Harbor Knits
Village Landing Marketplace
170 Water St.
Plymouth, MA 02360
846 Dorchester Ave
Dorchester, MA 02125
The Knitting Connection
Partnering with The Knitting Connection, we make hats, scarves, cowls, and mittens for ages toddler to teen. They give these items to organizations such as schools and health care centers for children who are homeless, or in need.
Newborn Baby Unit at Boston Medical Center
Serving the underserved and the uninsured, The Newborn Baby Unit at Boston Medical Center takes hats for preemies and newborns, sweater sets, booties, and buntings. Note: They do not encourage/use blankets for the infant units.
Plimoth Patuxet Museums
Plimoth Patuxet Museums is a nonprofit organization that seeks to educate the public on the Wampanoag people and the Colonial English community of the 1600s. GBKG members knit period clothing such as caps, mittens, stockings, and waistcoats for the interpreters.
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Brigham Women's Hospital sends out a request, to Knitters and Crocheters from the Boston Area community, for much needed and appreciated Prayer/Comfort
Shawls. Shawls provide comfort and a hug in every stitch to the recipient.
For more info on this "gift from the heart"
Click on the below.
A small sampling of Recent Contributions
Here's how to participate in GBKG's Community Outreach Program
HOW TO BEGIN HELPING
We can supply the yarn, a pattern, and sometimes even needles for your project.
WHAT YOU CAN HELP WITH
Currently, we are making infant hats, and for two to 18-year-olds: scarves, hats, cowls, and mittens.