Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1. What year
were you founded? How did you start?
Warm Hands Network was started in 2007. At
that time we (Amy and Anita) were looking for a way
to turn our 40th birthday celebration into something
meaningful. We decided to build on the long
tradition of charity knitting and start a campaign
to collect 50 items to send to the Innu in
Labrador. Thanks to our generous donors, we
far exceeded that. We were encouraged to
continue and have now completed multiple
campaigns. Over 5000 items have been shipped
2. Who have
you shipped to?
In the past Warm Hands Network has sent items to
Afghanistan, Mongolia, Northern Labrador (Canada),
Rankin Inlet (Canada), Gjoa Haven (Canada), Pond
Inlet (Canada), Innuvik (Canada), Iqualuit (Canada),
Cape Dorset (Canada), Arviat (Canada), Moosonee
(Canada) and Resolute Bay (Canada). For details
about our current campaign, see the Campaigns page.
3. What are
your collection dates?
We currently ship about 4 times per year. However,
if free shipping opportunities arise, we will ship
4. What do
We send hand knit and crochet items. Please
see the Guidelines
pages for more details (size, fiber, washability,
etc). We also collect small toiletries (for
the northern shelters), craft supplies (beads, yarn,
thread, needles, scissors, needles, hooks,
etc). Fur coats are repurposed into mitten
liners, kamik (boot) liners and hood fringe by
ladies in the north.
5. How are items
We work through local health organizations in the
communities we ship to. As clients come into
the clinic for health services, items are
distributed. Having items to share, such as
baby blankets and boots, can provide a significant
incentive to draw people into the health
clinic. This gives the staff at the clinic an
opportunity to assess the health of the
patients. As well, we like that our grassroots
organization is working through similar grassroots
organizations on the ground in these
communities. Person to person we are working
to make a difference.
6. Where do your donations come from?
Approximately 50% of our items come from Canada the
rest are from International donors. We have
many donors from the USA and have also received
parcels from Australia, Japan and Germany.
7. How can I help?
We are delighted to have a core of long term donors
who create lovely items for us towards each
campaign. However, we can always use more
knitters and crocheters to help us. Please
consider making items for us. And also invite
your friends to join you in crafting items for
us. The more the merrier! We have print
at home business cards and a print
at home Poster you can use to help spread the
word. Finally, if you are in the Ottawa area,
we can always use a few more hands to help with
sorting items, etc. Please contact us if you are
local and available to help out.
8. I can't knit or crochet, but I want to get
involved. Can we make it work?
You bet we can! Email us
and we'll find a way. If you are a school or a
community group, let's talk. If you're an
individual who would like to make an "in-kind"
donation, you're someone we want to get to