The Warmth for All Project and Drop Off Sites



The Challenge: Create handmade items to provide warmth for the homeless or others needing some extra warmth. Hats will certainly be welcome but if you’d prefer to make a scarf or you just love to make socks, gloves, mittens, fingerless gloves, cowls, etc.  that’s fine too. Any item that will make for a warmer winter will be appreciated.

The Goal: Collect items for the men & women at Transition Projects shelters. In 2010, we received 500+ items, in 2011 there were 300+ items, in 2015 more than 1800 items were received!

No Deadline: Drop off your hand made items - or any yarn you would like to donate - year round. Items dropped off after early December will be held for next winter.  Please label the bag or box of donations as "Warmth For All - Transition Projects".  Yarn shops are often working with a number of charities and labeling them makes it easier to sort them.

Drop off points are:

   * Twisted at 2310 NE Broadway, Portland  

If you have a LOT of items to drop off - or you find it more convenient - you can drop them directly at Transition Projects at 665 NW Hoyt, Portland, OR, 97209.  They accept donations 24/7.  However, if you drop your items there, please label the bags or boxes
                      Attn: Tamara Chacon 
                      Warmth for All
That will ensure that they get to the correct person for distribution.
(If you do drop them off at Transition Projects, they will not be included in Warmth for All's yearly count or photographed to appear on the Warmth for All site.  You can get them included by sending counts and photos to

If you can't make it to either drop off point, contact and we will see if a pick up is possible.

The Details for Transition Projects:

Sizes: Adult sizes for both men and women.
Patterns: Whatever you like! If you need inspiration, check out our patterns page.
Colors: Your choice. You may want something colorful for women but more subdued for men.
Comment from one of the WFA crafters:
  "Darker colored hats and accessories are worn mostly by the homeless.  They do not want to stand out, only to blend in to their surroundings and be left alone.  When you are in a group and you are wearing a shocking pink and bright yellow hat and scarf and the others are in black, brown, navy and dark greens, who is the one to more than likely be singled out?  I know, I have been there. . .  you do not want to draw attention to yourself."     

Adult-sized donations will be given to Transition Projects for distribution to those in need this winter.  Sizes for children will be given to appropriate groups in Portland via Transition Projects.

Any questions? Want to donate yarn? Want to set up a chapter of Warmth For All in your home town? Send an email to or


Note on tax deductions:  Here is the IRS link for charitable donations:

It states that time and service costs cannot be deducted but material cost can be deducted.  Keep track of the yarn cost for the items you donate to Warmth for All and when you list them on your taxes, list them to Transition Projects