About Knit for Kids 

Knit for Kids began in 1996 by Guideposts magazine as a way to send hand-knit or crocheted sweaters to children in need. Thanks to volunteer knitters, over half a million children have received something new for the first time in their lives. As children grow out of their sweaters, they often become cherished hand-me-downs to other children.

In 2009, Guideposts magazine turned the Knit for Kids program over to long-time partner World Vision in order to help even more children in need.



Today, Knit for Kids is a nationwide program that unites thousands of volunteer knitters to fight poverty with our knitting needles.

With every stitch, together we give hope and warmth to vulnerable children living in poverty or other difficult situations around the globe. For millions of children, a hand-made item isn't just a sweater or a blanket. It's a chance at better health. It's protection and warmth from freezing temperatures. And it's a symbol of support for a better future.

The hub of Knit for Kids is our global distribution center in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, which delivers every donated hand-knitted item we collect. 

Sixty percent of the items World Vision receives are distributed as far away as Armenia, Nicaragua, Swaziland, and Tanzania. Forty percent go to destinations as close as Appalachia, New Orleans, and the Bronx. Sometimes these creations are shipped to an area that experienced a recent natural disaster.