The crochet group I meet up with every couple weeks have been crocheting dog blankets that goes to local pet shelters. Here’s mine:
It is made with leftover acrylic yarn, and the pattern is courtesy of the Snuggles Project. The pattern, used with 2 strands of yarn, makes for a really thick snuggly blanket. Here’s a close-up of the stitches.
I also decided to get a head start with the Special Olympics Scarf Project. You make and donate your handmade scarfs in the official colors chosen for that year. These are then given to the athletes as a welcome gift. For more information click on the picture below.
At the bottom of the page you can select your state, and get more information on the how’s, where’s and when’s. It seems that unfortunately not all the states have resources and volunteers available to run this project, but I’m sure the other ones won’t mind your support. 😉