Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What kind of yarn should I use?
A. Yarn must be machine washable and dryable. You can use any thickness yarn or size needle and hook, however, most donations we receive are crocheted or knitted with medium-weight (on the yarn label).
Q. Do you accept sections as well as completed afghans?
A. Yes, we accept 7” by 9” sections and completed afghans.
Q. If I want to make an entire afghan to donate to Warm Up America!, do I have to make individual sections and sew them together?
A. No, if you would like to make an entire afghan, it can be any pattern and size appropriate for a baby, teen or adult. We also have need for lap robs. (See sizing chart on our Current Needs page.)
Q. Why are the pieces for the afghans 7" by 9" and not square?
A. Evie Rosen, the woman who started Warm Up America!, came up with the original template. Her reasoning was that you could combine 7" by 9" sections in a variety of ways to create different sized afghans and throws. We have a handy chart on our Current Needs page, which explains how the 7” by 9” sections can be easily assembled into varying sized blankets.
Q. Do the 7" by 9" sections have to be the same color?
A. No, you can use any color or pattern to complete the section.
Q. Do I need to weave in the ends on my 7" by 9" sections?
A. Yes, we ask that you weave in the ends on your sections before sending them to us. If you are unable to do so, please leave a tail that is several inches long so that it is easier for section joiners to weave in the ends or use the tails to join the sections together.
Q. Do the afghan sections need to be EXACTLY 7" by 9"?
A. Generally, the answer is yes. We certainly understand there will be slight differences in tension, but if we do not have uniformity of size it’s extremely difficult to assemble sections into finished blankets. The exception to this rule is if you have enough sections of a specific size other than 7” by 9” which could easily be joined into an afghan, e.g., enough granny squares to make a blanket.
Q. Will WUA! accept other items besides sections and afghans?
A. Yes, we will accept any knitted or crocheted items that will keep a person warm, including hats, mittens, scarves, gloves, etc.
Q. Is there a deadline to send in sections/afghans?
A. Warm Up America! is an ongoing, year-round charity so we generally do not have deadlines. The only exceptions are when we engage in specific campaigns, which have deadlines for submissions. Special campaigns are posted at our Current Needs page.
Q. What is the address to send items?
A. Warm Up America!
3740 N. Josey Lane, Suite 126
Carrollton, TX 75007
Q. Who receives the afghans and accessories sent to Warm Up America!?
A. The foundation receives requests for afghans and accessories from a variety of social service agencies, including homeless shelters, battered women’s shelters, American Red Cross chapters, veterans homes, senior centers, hospices and religious organizations serving families and individuals in communities around the country. It maintains a database of these requests and fulfills them on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Q. Do you have drop off locations near me?
A. Unfortunately, Warm Up America! does not have regular drop-off locations around the country. Periodically, craft chains like Pat Catan and Michaels will sponsor a Warm Up America! drive. For instance, for the past several years, Pat Catan stores have sponsored a Warm Up America! campaign beginning in January and ending in mid-February.
Q. Can I drop off my donations at the Warm Up America! office?
A. We gladly accept donations at our office. However, we request that you call ahead to make sure someone is here as our hours have slightly changed due to Covid-19. Our general office hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. central time. We are not open on weekends. Please knock and leave your items at the door as drop offs are contactless right now.
Q. Do I have to send completed afghans to Warm Up America!’s office?
A. Evie Rosen always envisioned Warm Up America! as a program of neighbors helping neighbors. If there is a need in your community for an afghan(s), we always encourage that you donate locally. We’d just like you to let us know where the afghan has been donated so we can add it to our yearly donation count by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. Can you help with the cost of shipping?
A. Currently, we are unable to assist with providing yarn for sections or helping with shipping costs.
Q. Can I get a tax receipt for items that I donate?
A. Per our 501c3 charitable status, WUA! is not able to provide tax receipts for items donated because we are unable to put a cost for the labor incurred in making the item. We can only offer tax receipts for monetary donations.
Q. Do you have any patterns or videos for your 7" by 9" sections?
A. There are several crochet and knit patterns at the Warm Up America! website but you can use any stitch pattern that you like to make the 7” by 9” sections. (It’s a great way to practice a new stitch!) At this time we do not have any videos on how to make a 7" by 9" sections.
Q. How can I help?
A. There are no "formal" requirements to volunteer for Warm Up America! We accept donations of 7" by 9" knitted or crocheted sections year-round as well as completed afghans and any size hats and scarves! You can stay up to date on our current campaigns by visiting our Current Needs page or liking us on Facebook.
Q. Do you have a WUA! chapter in my area?
A. Because of the way our charitable foundation is organized, Warm Up America! does not have official branches or chapters. Groups involved with collecting and assembling afghans or clothing in their communities are referred to as affiliates or associates, whichever you prefer. To connect to other volunteers/groups, we encourage you to visit the Warm Up America! Facebook page.
Q. What is the policy or method to obtain verification for service hours for school or matching funds programs at work?
A: We are not in a position to provide service hours because we cannot oversee you or your group activity directly. However, we could provide a guidance counselor or principal at your school or human resources personnel at work with information about Warm Up America!, e.g., our 501C3 tax exempt number and explain what you or your group intends to contribute. You would have to document hours and submit them to the appropriate person at your school or work for community service credit or matching funds programs. Email us at email@example.com for more information.
Q. Do you accept yarn/needle donations?
A. We appreciate yarn/needle donations, but because our office space is limited, we are not always able to accept them. If you have such a donation, please contact our office by calling or emailing. We’d also like to point out that we do not have the budget to pick up these type of donations so, if accepted, they must be shipped to the office.
Q. Can I/my group volunteer to sew together the afghan sections?
A. Throughout the year, Warm Up America! needs help assembling the thousands of sections we receive. If you or your group might be interested in assembling a minimum of 500 sections, please email our office for guidelines.
Q. Do you accept non-knit/crochet items, i.e. sewn quilts or clothing?
A. Unfortunately, we are not equipped to accept non-crocheted or knitted items.
Q. How do I request WUA pamphlets?
A. You can download a Warm Up America! pamphlet from our website. It includes lots of helpful information about the charity. You may also email us to request pamphlets to be mailed to you. We can only mail a handful of pamphlets to each person.
Q. Can I sell items sent by or on behalf of WUA! or donate the proceeds of items made by or on behalf of WUA! to another nonprofit organization?
A. No items sent by or on behalf of WUA! , including blankets assembled using 7"by 9" sections, should be sold, auctioned, or donated to resale organizations without explicit written consent from WUA!
We need your financial support to build our charity network. Help us to ship, deliver and create more warm blankets and clothing for people less fortunate than ourselves.
Volunteers can donate their time to crochet and knit one or more 7" by 9" rectangles as well as entire blankets and accessories. Sections are either joined by individuals or groups in a community.
Mail items to:
3740 N Josey Ln Suite #126, Carrollton, TX 75007
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