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Community Outreach

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, Women's Lunch Place and the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition.

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.

Another Yarn

15 Cambridge St (across from the Cafe Escadrille)   

Burlington, MA 


Stitch House

846 Dorchester Ave

Dorchester, MA  02125


Plymouth Harbor Knits

170 Water Street

Plymouth, Massachusetts




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.

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Women's Lunch Place, 
Boston MA

Healthy meals, essentials, and one-on-one assistance from a daytime shelter and advocacy center in Boston dedicated to helping women experiencing homelessness, hunger and poverty.


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.

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Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition

Our vision is a Commonwealth – and a nation – where all can thrive, no matter where they came from or how they got here, and all can fully participate in their community’s social, economic, and civic life.

A small sampling of Recent Contributions

Here's how to participate in GBKG's Community Outreach Program


We can supply the yarn, a pattern, and sometimes even needles for your project.


Currently, we are making infant hats, and for two to 18-year-olds: scarves, hats, cowls, and mittens.


If you need more info on our program, please contact us

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