KnitHope's History and Mission
KnitHope began in 2008 when Dana Getz, a novice knitter, wished to do something useful with the scarves that she had made. She began by reaching out to friends and family to help her collect handmade scarves for those in need in their local community. Together, they were able to collect and distribute 100 handmade scarves in time for that first Pittsburgh winter. Since then, participation has expanded throughout the community with well over 2,850 scarves and hats reaching those in need. Recipients have included homebound senior citizens, the homeless in need of medical care, and previously homeless women and children in recovery programs and shelters.
Our handmade donations are unique because of what it can mean to the giver and recipient. Someone receiving a handmade item receives much more than a hat. They receive someone’s time, effort and care. We at KnitHope believe that this is incredibly empowering to our recipients because it sends the message that they are important enough for someone to give of their time to craft something for them. This is the true gift that these scarves can give, and this can do much for one’s spirit.
KnitHope’s focus has begun to turn to the knitters themselves and how this act can benefit many groups. Knitting a simple hat or scarf requires basic, beginner level skills and only inexpensive materials. It is something that can be accomplished from home in one’s own time. It is also an activity in which many people from children through the elderly can participate.