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Many of my friends know that Fall is my favorite time of the year. But as the weather cools the need for warm hats, mittens, and scarves grows among those who are struggling and underserved. For years I've joined local groups that crochet for the homeless no matter what state I've lived in. But these groups weren't always easy to find.

If you like to knit or crochet and haven't made the connection in your area here's some help:
Lion Brand Yarns Charitable Connection. Just enter your city or state and let the charity registry doing the searching for you.

Not a group person? Contact your local homeless shelter and discover just how great the need can be. Even one person, crocheting or knitting over the course of a year can make a huge difference.

Interested in starting your own group, but not sure how to go about it? Take a look at these project sites: The Humble Stitch and Scarves with a Purpose for excellent examples of a well-organized endeavor. Let them inspire you or just join in.

For those on the un-crafty/out-of-time side of things remember that nothing tops a new, un-opened, multi-pack of socks or underwear as a donation to your local shelter.