Warm Up America FAQ



1. What is Warm Up America?

Warm Up America is a non-profit organization that is committed to motivating, training and coordinating volunteers to knit and crochet afghans for people in need.

2. How does Pat Catan’s help Warm Up America?

By having crafty volunteers like you! 2019 is our 13th year partnering with Warm Up America and we hope to take it to the next level! 2018 was our best year yet as we collected 2,747 pounds of yarn, 33,260 squares, made 3,495 afghans and we received over $55,000 in donations! Will you help us top 2018?

3. I'm not a knitter...How can I help?

That’s alright! We greatly appreciate any support. All Pat Catan’s locations will be accepting $1 donations at our registers. We also accept donations of unused yarn so our knitting or crocheting volunteers can use them.

As a special thank you for donating, you'll receive Warm Up Deals worth over $150 in savings!

4. Can I learn to knit or crochet?

 Absolutely! You can check out simple tutorials on basic knitting stitches and standard crocheting on our website.

5. I love to knit/crochet…how can I help?

 Knit or crochet with us! Join us on our “Square Days” and knit or crochet 7” x 9” squares that will be used to create afghans. Or, come to one or both of our “Joining Parties” and join completed squares into finished afghans.

 As a special thank you for your time, If you make 20 or more squares or an afghan you’ll receive Warm Up Deals worth over $150 in savings and a $10 Catan Buck, all for volunteering!

6. What if I can’t come to an event?

No problem! We accept all 7” x 9” squares or handmade afghan blanket donations, whether they are made at home or in our stores! Simply drop them off in our Warm Up America barrels and they’ll be on their way to helping those in need.

7. Where does the money go?

Great question! The money collected goes directly to Warm Up America. As a non-profit, your donations directly affect thousands in need across the country as Warm Up America grows their foundation of providing warm afghans to those in need.

8. Are the afghans donated locally?

Absolutely! All donated afghans will be distributed in each store's local community.  Local homeless shelters, senior living centers, women’s shelters and Red Cross Chapters will receive afghans that you helped create!

9. I’m excited to help! When does it all start?

Our 13th Warm Up America campaign begins on Saturday, January 12th and ends on Saturday, February 16th. To find out all of the complete details, please click here!