You may not realize just how many families in our community are unable to afford even the most basic infant, health, safety, and wellness supplies. A recent study from the Northern Virginia Community Foundation found that over 52% of South Arlington families were unable to meet their basic needs and afford childcare. Therefore, it’s no surprise that our recently launched Wee Thrive baby box program, which provides essential health, wellness, and safety supplies to low-income families, has been a roaring success. Since we launched this program, we haven’t been able to keep up with demand from clients and our community partners.

As the summer sun warms our days and we take a break to relax with loved ones, let’s channel that warmth into something truly meaningful: making 100 baby blankets for neighbors in need! These blankets, crafted with love and care, will provide comfort and security to families facing financial hardship. Many of these parents are on their own or far from loved ones, and your handmade blankets will add a personal and heartwarming touch to the baby boxes we distribute within our local community. Let’s come together and show these families that Arlington is a caring and compassionate place.

Why Do Baby Blankets Matter?

For parents struggling to make ends meet, a soft, cozy blanket becomes more than just fabric—it’s a warm embrace. It wraps their little ones in comfort and reminds them that they are not alone. Handmade blankets carry a special touch. Each stitch represents compassion, resilience, and hope. When a parent receives one, they know that someone out there cares deeply about their well-being.

How Can You Help?

Whether you’re an experienced crafter or a beginner, your skills matter. We’ve provided beginner crochet and knitting patterns (see below) to guide you. Choose your favorite technique and create a beautiful blanket. Please share this initiative with friends, family, and fellow crafters. The more blankets we receive, the more families we can support!

The Patterns

Crochet Pattern: Simple Shell Stitch Baby Blanket

Yarn: Worsted weight (approximately 800 yards)
Hook: 5.5 mm (US I-9)
Finished Size: Approximately 30″ x 36″

Click here to download pattern.

Knitting Pattern: Garter Stitch Baby Blanket

Yarn: DK weight (approximately 600 yards)
Needles: 4.0 mm (US 6)
Finished Size: Approximately 28″ x 32″

Click here to download pattern.

Email us at to arrange drop-offs. We’ll ensure your blankets reach those who need them most.