Sunday, June 10, 2012

Crocheting for HAP, my fave charity!

I crochet for various charities, but my favorite charity is HAP:
The Handmade Afghans to Thank Our Armed Forces Project. 
HAP is a 100% volunteer organization and our mission is to thank those wounded in service to our country by creating handmade afghans. Volunteers knit or crochet 6" x 9" rectangles and the rectangles are combined into sets of 49, which are then crocheted together into hospital bed-sized afghans that show the work of as many people as possible. The afghans are then sent to military hospitals in Afghanistan, Germany and all over the United States.

Last year, GAC showed a special called "Stars for Stripes" and a HAP blanket was seen "in action" at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany:

(The photo isn't very good because I took it off my low-definition tv, but I was very excited to see it and share it with the group!)

 Here's one of many blankets that I've assembled for HAP:

So far, HAP has given out 8,261 handmade afghans with more going out every week!

And here's a batch of rectangles that I just completed:

For more info and more photos, visit our website:

Please note: HAP is different from other volunteer organizations in that it limits its membership. It is at full capacity and membership is currently full. Per our director, HAP only accepts rectangles made by current members.


  1. Wauv those blankets are wonderful and a great support to your army people

  2. I bet the yarn should be machine washable and dryable, huh? I can knit some 6x9s! I will send you a convo!

  3. Lovely to see good charities like this show love to our soldiers.!!

  4. Thanks, everybody, for your support!

  5. Love this post and it is a perfect day for it! Thanks to you, Virginia, and all the others who crochet for HAP!