Knit Michigan, a registered Michigan corporation, is a 501(c)3 charitable non-profit.
Knit Michigan is an independent organization dedicated to supporting cancer patients and their families by making, collection and donating comfort items such as chemo caps and lap blankets to cancer patients.
Knit Michigan fills a need in the Michigan fiber-arts community for individuals to band together to work toward a common cause that has touched many of our lives. It provides an opportunity to give back and make a difference by doing something we love: creating and providing better situations for those we care about who must deal with cancer.
Simply put, the main purpose of Knit Michigan is to help others. Many of us have been touched by cancer ourselves or by family, friends or coworkers. Knit Michigan makes supporting cancer patients and their families easy, convenient and fun by donating money and comfort items.
Beginning with our inaugural year, 2007, Knit Michigan held nine annual events in donated space at the Academy of the Sacred Heart (www.ashmi.org) in Bloomfield Hills. Over those years we raised more than $240,000 to support selected cancer serving organizations. We have also donated over 15,000 comfort items in the form of chemo caps, breast cancer pillows, Knitted Knockers and pillows and blankets used in the infusion rooms. The comfort items have been gifted to cancer centers around the state, going as far north as Baraga in the Keweenaw Peninsula. While Knit Michigan “the event” has retired, the collection and distribution of comfort items is ongoing.
Individuals are the foundation of Knit Michigan. They are the special people who put their love and hours and materials into making comfort items. These are then forwarded to Collection Centers. Most are then gathered up in our home shop (Heritage Spinning and Weaving in Lake Orion), packaged based on need and delivered or mailed to organizations around the state that serve cancer patients.