At Stars Hollow Yarns, we value products that are high quality and made from natural, sustainable sources — particularly those offered by small, local, women- and BIPOC-owned, and environmentally and socially conscious businesses. We have a strong sense of responsibility toward our planet and those that inhabit it. Here's how we're doing our small part to help....

Our mission...

To provide sustainable, thoughtfully sourced yarn and supplies, classes and events for all generations of modern handcrafters in a warm, inclusive, welcoming atmosphere inspired by the fictional community of Stars Hollow in the hit show Gilmore Girls

We offer a variety of non-profit organizations for you to support. To ensure charities receive 100% of all these donations, we are covering all additional processing fees and costs. 

HOW IT WORKS

Hands cupped around a knitted heart, overlaid with icons: Shop, Donate, Save

Shop: Add your favorite pieces to cart. When adding items to cart, you have the option to donate and see the cause(s) of the month. (Yellow box with the heading "Give to others and treat yourself"...click "Donate $10 now" for more details)

Donate: Before adding your donation to cart, you get a chance to learn more about the non-profit partner(s) and the supporting cause.

Save: Select "Donate" and when placing your order, you will automatically see the $10 donation added to cart as well as the 10% OFF coupon code for donating!

WHERE ARE WE DONATING RIGHT NOW?

Here's where your donation will go today.
Select one of your favorite charities below, or spread the love and share your donation among all. The choice is yours. 

September: Celebrate Nature 

Fall is upon us, serving as a reminder of how impressive and beautiful Mother Nature can be. Kids are returning to school and soon the leaves will start turning in New England...we'll take in the views as we hike local trails. We feel extremely fortunate to live in such a special place and we're mindful of the fact that our actions have an impact on the world around us. 

Community is the foundation and focus for Stars Hollow Yarns. Not only do we actively seek out socially and environmentally responsible businesses and products to share with you, we are constantly thinking about how we can better protect and conserve our local and global community. Our Gift for Good program supports non-profits that align with our ethos. We are committed to sustainable packaging, and have been working with EcoEnclose to achieve that goal. We recently applied for membership to 1% for the Planet, pledging to donate 1% of our annual revenue to environmental non-profit solutions. 

We invite you to join us in our efforts by donating to one or more of the causes below. And when you do — BONUS! — we'll give you a discount on your purchase. How's that for community building?

 

    1% for the Planet  

    Our planet can’t wait. The evidence is overwhelming: climate change is an imminent threat, our food systems are increasingly stressed, and our lands, waters, and species are threatened like never before. If we don’t act now, the viability of our planet and our quality of life – to say nothing of the health of our economy – face an existential threat.

    The global community has a responsibility and opportunity to step up for the planet and drive positive change. 

    Based in Burlington, Vermont

     

    Black Lives Matter Support Fund (Tides Center)  

    Black Lives Matter is a chapter-based national organization working for the validity of black life. We are working to (re)build the black liberation movement.

     Rooted in the experiences of Black people in this country who actively resist our dehumanization, #BlackLivesMatter is a call to action and a response to the virulent anti-black racism that permeates our society.  

    Based in San Francisco, California

     

    American Civil Liberties Union 

    The ACLU was founded to ensure the promise of the Bill of Rights and to expand its reach to people historically denied its protections.  

    Based in New York, New York

     

    Local Charities to Support...

    Steep Rock Association  

    Founded in 1925, Steep Rock Association is one of the oldest land trusts in Connecticut. Our mission is to protect the region’s biodiversity and the rural landscape of the space through acquisitions and conservation easements. We are a 501(c)(3) corporation governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees and supported solely by private contributions. Most properties owned by Steep Rock Association are open to the public for educational and passive recreational experiences. 

     Based in Washington Depot, Connecticut

    Washington Environmental Council

    WEC's Mission is to be an advocate and provide leadership in maintaining, protecting and enhancing the environmental quality of the Town of Washington and the surrounding region. The Council works closely with town officials, agencies, commissions, and other not-for-profit organizations in Washington. It also works with public and private schools on student exposure to environmental topics. The Council monitors all important environmental issues affecting the Town of Washington and acts as a visible watchdog in local environmental matters. 

    Based in Washington Depot, Connecticut

    Camella’s Cupboard  

    The mission of Camella's Cupboard is to provide year-round hunger relief to children, seniors, and other vulnerable populations in the Greater New Milford, CT community without bias. More than 400,000 meals provided to date! 

    Based in New Milford, Connecticut

     

    Sandy Hook Promise

     Sandy Hook Promise trains students and adults to know the signs of gun violence so that no other parent experiences the senseless, horrific loss of their child. 

    Based in Newtown, Connecticut

     

    Special Events

    April 11, 2021

    Stars Hollow Yarns is excited to participate in Good Deeds Day: a global day that unites people from 100 countries to do good deeds for the benefit of others and the planet. All over the world, hundreds of thousands choose to volunteer and help others, putting into practice the simple idea that every single person can do something good, be it large or small, to improve the lives of others and positively change the world. Join us!

    Knit for Food Knit-a-Thon

    What's better than a Knit-a-thon? This time it's not for The Old Muddy River Bridge, though...it's for our community. Our people. Without community support, all of us would struggle. So, what can we do to help?

    We're joining Laura Nelkin on Good Deeds Day (April 11, 2021), in the effort to raise funds and awareness for food insecurity by knitting for 12 hours straight. Yes, you read that correctly...12 hours. Thankfully, a Knit-a-thon is a lot less stressful than a Dance Marathon! (Laura was inspired by the infamous Gilmore Girls episode, "Knit, People, Knit!"...and with a shop named Stars Hollow Yarns, do you really think we could resist?)

    Click on the image above to learn more. Whether you're a Lorelei or a Chris, we need your help. Let's do some good!