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Prime Publishing Hosts Sixth Annual Shawls for Charity Drive March 01 , 2023

Northbrook, IL – AllFreeCrochet and AllFreeKnitting proudly partnered with Rush University Medical Center and JourneyCare Hospice during Novem


Prime Publishing Raises Money for UNICEF February 28 , 2023

Northbrook, IL - From February 20-February 27, 2023, Prime Publishing raised money for UNICEF through its quarterly Clicks for a Cause program.


Prime Publishing Hosts Annual Shawl Drive for Charity November 01 , 2022

Northbrook, IL —  AllFreeCrochet and AllFreeKnitting are proudly partnering with Rush University Medical Center and JourneyCare during No


Charity Drives

Prime Publishing loves to give back to the community. Check out some of the charity drives we’ve hosted and participated in below. If you’re interested in exploring a partnership for a charity drive, send us an email to get the conversation started.

February 2023 – Prime Publishing Hosts Charity Drive Benefiting UNICEF

From February 20th through February 27th, Prime Publishing hosted a charity drive via its email newsletters. The charity drive, called “Clicks for a Cause,” benefited UNICEF, an organization working to ensure that every child is healthy, educated, protected, and respected. UNICEF is currently on the ground responding to the needs of families and children impacted by the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. We shared popular charity-themed DIYs and comforting recipes with our readers to help raise awareness for UNICEF’s mission.

November 2022 – Prime Publishing Hosts Shawls for Charity Drive Benefiting JourneyCare and Rush University Medical Center

From November 1 through November 30, Prime Publishing hosted a Shawls for Charity drive on AllFreeCrochet, AllFreeKnitting, and AllFreeCrochetAfghanPatterns. The month-long event encouraged readers to donate a homemade shawl for those in need. All donations were sent to JourneyCare Hospice, the largest nonprofit provider of palliative, supportive, and end-of-life care in Illinois. JourneyCare works with a broad range of hospitals, senior and assisted-living facilities, nursing homes and clinical practices in the Chicagoland area including Rush University Medical Center, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, University of Chicago Medicine, and more.

August 2022 – Prime Publishing Hosts Charity Drive Benefiting ASPCA

From August 22nd through August 29th, Prime Publishing hosted a charity drive via its email newsletters. The charity drive, called “Clicks for a Cause,” benefited the ASPCA, an organization that works tirelessly to put an end to animal abuse and neglect. We shared popular pet-themed DIYs with our readers to help raise awareness for the ASPCA’s mission.

March 2022 – Prime Publishing Hosts Charity Drive Benefiting World Central Kitchen

From March 21st through March 28th, Prime Publishing hosted a charity drive via its email newsletters. The charity drive, called “Clicks for a Cause,” benefited World Central Kitchen, an organization providing meals in response to humanitarian, climate, and community crises. During March 2022, World Central Kitchen served thousands of fresh meals to Ukrainian families fleeing homes as well as those who remained in the country. We shared Ukrainian-themed DIYs and popular Ukrainian recipes with our readers

February 2022 – Prime Publishing Hosts Charity Drive Benefiting American Heart Association

From February 21st through February 28th, Prime Publishing hosted a charity drive via its email newsletters. The charity drive, called “Clicks for a Cause,” benefited the American Heart Association, an organization that builds public awareness, improves healthy behavior habits, and ensures research is inclusive for heart disease and stroke. We shared heart-healthy recipes and red DIY projects with our readers to celebrate American Heart Month.

October 2021 — Prime Publishing Hosts 2nd Annual Card Drive for Veterans

From October 11 through November 30, 2021, Prime Publishing hosted a Card Drive for Veterans through its website Prime has partnered with Help Heal Veterans, an organization that provides free therapeutic arts and crafts kits to hospitalized and home-bound veterans.

Learn more about how you can support our friends at Help Heal Veterans here.  Thanks to all that sent in cards!

June 2020 — Prime Publishing Launches First-Ever Stay-at-Home Reader Contests During Pandemic

From April 22 through May 31, we hosted the “Stay Home and Cook” and the “Stay Home and Craft” challenges on RecipeLion and FaveCrafts, respectively. The first place winners for these two contests selected a local charity of their choice.

Betsy Burnett won first place on FaveCrafts with her DIY Bookcase Update reveal; we made a $250 donation in her name to Solve Hunger Today in Joliet, Ill. Albert Bevia won first place on RecipeLion with his No-Yeast No-Bake Homemade Stuffed Bread recipe, and we made a $250 donation in his name to Feeding America in Riverside County, Ca. Thanks to all that participated!

May 2020 — Ampry Publishing Hosts Online Wildfowl Carving Contest

From May 1 through June 15th, Ampry Publishing hosted an online carving contest on As our way to support the carving community during the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic, we dropped the registration fees from $35 to $10, and donated 100% of the registration fees to the United Way’s Covid-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund. We hope our online competition helped provide some enjoyment in the carving community this year, as most in-person shows were canceled because of the pandemic.

April 2020 — Prime Publishing Hosts Charity Drive Benefitting United Way During Covid-19 Pandemic

From April 26 through May 4th, Prime Publishing hosted a charity drive via its email newsletters. The charity drive, called “Clicks for a Cause,” benefitted the United Way, an organization that improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good. With the Covid-19 pandemic making headlines around the world, we wanted to help contribute any way that we could.

December 2019 – Prime Publishing Hosts Fifth Annual Prayer Shawls for Charity Drive

AllFreeCrochet and AllFreeKnitting proudly partnered with Rush University Medical Center and JourneyCare during November 2019 for our fifth annual Prayer Shawls for Charity Drive. Together, with the help of our readers, 223 homemade knit and crochet prayer shawls were collected.

November 2019 – Prime Publishing Hosts Third Annual Food Drive with Greater Chicago Food Depository

For the third year in a row, Prime Publishing employees partnered with the Greater Chicago Food Depository to host a food drive benefiting our local community. In total, employees collected 186 food items and donated $319, totaling 1,885 total meals provided.

September 2019 – AllFreeSewing Participates in 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge

As part of National Sewing Month, AllFreeSewing teamed up with The Quilter’s Trunk, a Chicago sewing boutique, to participate in the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge. Through this charity drive, 111 handmade pillowcases were collected from AllFreeSewing readers across the country to help support A New Direction, a Chicago charity that helps women and children who have experienced domestic violence.

May 2019 — FaveCrafts Hosts Gloves and Mittens Charity Drive

In celebration of its 10 year anniversary, FaveCrafts partnered with Warm Up America! to run a Gloves and Mittens Charity Drive. Between May 1 and June 30, 2019, FaveCrafts collected 202 pairs of gloves and mittens, and 606 sections to be seamed into afghans.

December 2018 – Prime Publishing Hosted a Security Blankets Charity Drive

From November 16 – December 17, 2018, Prime Publishing hosted a Security Blankets Charity Drive through its website, Prime partnered with Project Linus, an organization that donates handmade blankets to sick and traumatized children, while Lorna’s Laces, a Chicago-based yarn company, sponsored the drive. Prime Publishing received 111 handmade blankets from nearly every state in the Union, thanks to AFCAP’s generous and talented readers.

December 2018 – Prime Publishing Participates in Letters to Santa Program

In December 2018, Prime Publishing participated in the annual Chicago Sun-Times’ Letters to Santa program, which collects toys for under-served children around the Chicagoland area. In total, employees provided toys for 15 children from the Garfield Park area of Chicago and donated money to the Sun-Times’ Empty Stocking Fund.

November 2018 – Prime Publishing Hosts Second Annual Food Drive with Greater Chicago Food Depository

For the second year in a row, Prime Publishing employees partnered with the Greater Chicago Food Depository to host a food drive benefiting our local community. In total, employees collected 304 food items and donated $1,000.97 over the course of the week-long food drive.

October/November 2018 – Prime Publishing Hosts Fourth Annual Prayer Shawls for Charity Drive

AllFreeCrochet and AllFreeKnitting proudly partnered with Rush University Medical Center’s Prayer Shawls at Rush initiative during the months of October and November 2018 for our fourth annual Prayer Shawls for Charity Drive.

October 2018 – Prime Publishing Packs Meals at Feed My Starving Children

On October 9th, 16 Prime Publishing employees volunteered at Feed My Starving Children in Libertyville, IL, packing over 20,000 meals for children living in Haiti. Our combined efforts filled 93 boxes and will feed 55 children for a year.

May 2018 — Prime Hosts Successful Charity Drive with Warriors for Hope

AllFreeCrochet and AllFreeKnitting recently partnered with local charity Warriors for Hope to collect handmade knit and crochet items for Chicago-area cancer patients.

November 2017 — AllFreeCrochet and AllFreeKnitting Host Third Annual Prayer Shawl Drive

AllFreeCrochet and AllFreeKnitting proudly partnered with Rush University Medical Center’s Prayer Shawls at Rush initiative during the month of November for a charity drive.

May 2017 — AllFreeSewing Hosts Successful Pillowcase Charity Drive

AllFreeSewing proudly wrapped up its month-long Sew-a-Thon for Operation Christmas Child during the month of May. Readers donated a total of 1,102 handmade pillowcases for children in need around the world.

November 2016 — AllFreeCrochet and AllFreeKnitting Host Second Annual Prayer Shawl Drive

AllFreeCrochet and AllFreeKnitting are proud to partner with Rush University Medical Center’s Prayer Shawls at Rush initiative for a charity drive.  This is the second year Prime Publishing is hosting a prayer shawl drive on the blog.

November 2016 — Prime Publishing Hosts Food Drive with Greater Chicago Food Depository

From November 7th to November 11th, Prime Publishing hosted a food drive open to all of its employees. The food drive, in which employees could bring non-perishable food items into the office or donate money online, was hosted in partnership with the Greater Chicago Food Depository, a food bank which provides food to the people of Cook County. With Thanksgiving occurring on November 24th this year, it was an appropriate time to give back to the local community.

November 2016 — Prime Publishing Launches Clicks for a Cause Charity Effort

From November 7th through November 13th, Prime Publishing will be hosting a charity drive via its email newsletters. The charity drive, called “Clicks for a Cause,” will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that serves veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury due to their military service on or after September 11, 2001. With Veterans Day occurring on November 11th this year, it seemed like the perfect time to run this charity effort.

During the week of November 7th, each of Prime’s 25+ email newsletters will include a feature section dedicated to the Clicks for a Cause charity effort. For every click to the Clicks for a Cause section of the newsletter, Prime Publishing will make a contribution to the Wounded Warrior Project. The more clicks, the larger the donation!


This is the first time that Prime Publishing is running the Clicks for a Cause charity effort, but the goal is to continue running such charity drives regularly via the email newsletters, each time benefitting a different charity.

September 2016 — CraftPaperScissors Partners with Operation Christmas Child and Operation Christmas Child partnered for a week-long event on the blog from September, 5-8 with a grand prize sponsored by Plaid. Over 400 readers answered the question, “Have you ever crafted for a cause?”

February 2016 — Prime Publishing LLC Completes Successful Oven Mitt Charity Drive

This winter, two Prime Publishing LLC blogs, Seams and Scissors and Recipe Chatter, joined forces to collect and create oven mitts for the Love & Oven Mitts Charity Drive. From February 22 to March 25, 2016, Prime Publishing LLC collected handmade or gently used oven mitts from our readers nationally.

November 2015 — Prime Publishing Editors Pack Meals at Feed My Starving Children

Ten Prime Publishing employees volunteered November 10 and 12 at Feed My Starving Children in Libertyville, Illinois, packing over 10,000 total meals for children in Honduras, Nicaragua and Tanzania.

September 2015 — Prime Volunteers at Misericordia’s Family Fest

Nine Prime Publishing employees volunteered at Misericordia’s Family Fest Sunday, Sept. 13, selling Hearts & Flour Bakery’s goods to raise funds for the Misericordia community.

September 2015 — Stitch and Unwind Hosts Prayer Shawls at Rush Charity Drive

Prime Publishing’s yarn blog,, worked with the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Ill. on their initiative “Prayer Shawls at Rush.”

From September through October 5th, Prime Publishing LLC collected homemade prayer shawls to help benefit the patients at Rush University Medical Center. “Prayer Shawls at Rush” is a wonderful project to help bring comfort to those that need it.

Prime Publishing connects with organizations on a regular basis as part of their “giving back” program. Most recently, Prime Publishing has successfully hosted charity drives for groups including the American Heart Association, Project Linus, Special Olympics, Warm Up America, the Heartland Alliance, and more.

July 2015 — Food Team Volunteers at Uptown Cafe in Chicago

Eleven Prime Publishing employees visited a Chicago anti-hunger organization on July 13 to volunteer by serving hot meals to more than 90 people in need.

Samantha Rifkin, JUF Uptown Café coordinator and nutrition coordinator, said that people stuck between a rock and a hard place still deserve to be treated with dignity, which is why Uptown Café operates differently than cafeteria-style soup kitchens.


Danielle Zimmerman, food team community editor, said “We all had a wonderful time and found serving in the Cafe to be a very rewarding and memorable experience. We all look forward to volunteering again soon, whether it’s through our company or on our own.”

“It was wonderful to work together for the sake of doing good in the community,” Zimmerman said. Read more about the experience on this RecipeChatter blog post.

Learn about volunteering at JUF Uptown Café.

June 2015 — SeamsAndScissors Hosts Successful Fabric Drive for Charity

Prime Publishing’s sewing blog, Seams and Scissors, hosted a fabric contest last month where readers sent in extra fabric that was donated to a non-profit organization.

Urban Threads Studio, a not-for-profit organization, located at the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago, Illinois, teaches problem solving skills through textile arts. Each summer, they host a summer camp for kids in the area, and this summer was no different. They are learning how to sew shorts, dresses, pajama bottoms, and messenger bags.

Seams and Scissors collected so much fabric that it took them two trips with six helping hands to bring it down from the office to the minivan.

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“Seeing how generous readers were, and seeing the look on Ilona’s face when she was how much fabric was donated was truly priceless. It’s what made all of this hard work so worthwhile,” said Nicola Prybell, a Prime Publishing editor.

Learn about Urban Threads Studio and read more about the charity drive.

May 2015 — RecipeChatter Cookbook Drive to Benefit WINGS

Our readers donated over 400 cookbooks to WINGS Program, Inc., one of the largest domestic violence service and housing providers in the state of Illinois.  They shipped or hand-delivered their new and gently used cookbooks to the Prime Publishing offices right here in Northbrook.

The cookbook drive was promoted to our readers, including on a RecipeChatter blog post.


In addition to cookbooks, Arielle Matlin, food team promotions editor, said “We receive many great products to review in our Test Kitchen each week. We were happy to find WINGS and put these barely used gadgets and appliances to use. Some of the donations included a Hamilton Beach Stand Mixer, an Aroma Rice Cooker and a 12-piece Rachael Ray Cookware Set.”

Check out more details about the WINGS promotion!

February 2015 — Warm Up America! and Build-a-Bed Charity Drive teamed up with Warm Up America! and Build-a-Bed to help out children in need. Throughout the month of February, readers were asked to donate crocheted or knitted afghans for children who don’t have warm beds to sleep in. The folks at Build-a-Bed construct bedframes for the kids and provide them with a mattress, pillow, sheets, and a small stuffed animal. The charity drive was a huge success with over 134 afghans donated.

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December 2014 — Handmade Ornament Charity Drive collected handmade ornaments to donate to the charitable organization, Heartland Alliance, throughout the month of November 2014. In addition to these handmade creations, Prime Publishing LLC also donated one dollar for each handmade ornament collected, and the ornaments were handed out to the families at Heartland Alliance’s residential homes throughout the month of December 2014. The charity drive had a great response with over 650 ornaments donated!

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October 2014 — “Little Hats, Big Hearts” Charity Drive teamed up with the American Heart Association to raise awareness for heart disease and congenital heart defects in their “Little Hats, Big Hearts” charity drive. Readers were asked to mail in knitted or crocheted hats for newborns. The drive was a huge success; over 6,000 hats were donated! You can read more about this charity event here.

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October 2014 — Hands-on-Heart Breast Cancer Pillow-Making Drive,, and Fairfield have teamed up to host a pillow-making charity drive, Hands-on-Heart Breast Cancer Pillow-Making Drive, to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pillows created are donated to those battling breast cancer to help provide comfort. Prime Publishing hosted members of two local Girl Scout troops at their Hands-on-Heart Breast Cancer Pillow-Making Party.

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April-June 2014 — Project Linus Charity Blanket Drive has teamed up with Project Linus to host a charity drive to donate blankets to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans. The charity drive was a big success, and received over 70 blankets, which were donated to Project Linus.

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January-February 2014 — Mitten Charity Drive teamed up with Lion Brand to sponsor a charity drive for Mittens for Detroit, a charity that provides mittens of all kinds to those in need in the metropolitan Detroit area. The charity drive had a wonderful response from the readers, and Prime Publishing and Lion Brand were able to donate over 100 mittens to Mittens for Detroit.

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February-March 2013 — Baby Hat Charity Drive teamed up with Bernat to host a baby hat charity drive to benefit the labor and delivery unit at Northwest Community Hospital. Each of the 3000 babies born every year at NCH goes home with a homemade baby hat, and the AllFreeCrochet readers blew everyone away by donating 1,788 baby hats.

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June 2012 — Charity Blanket Drive teamed up with Project Linus to host a Charity Blanket Drive in June 2012. Project Linus is dedicated to comforting children who are severely traumatized, ill, or otherwise in need by providing a comforting blanket made with love. Readers donated over a dozen blankets to support the cause.

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October-November 2011 — Project Winter Warmth teamed up with Project Winter Warmth to donate homemade hats, gloves/mittens, and scarves to those in need, including charities like the Meals on Wheels program, The INNs Homeless Program, and any local schools where children are in need of these winter items.

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