Get involved

When I came up with the idea of donating Arthritis Animals to help children with Juvenile Arthritis, I had no idea how much demand there might be. It turns out that around 4 children are diagnosed every day at the U of M C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital alone! If you would like to help create an animal of your own to donate, please look below or contact us for more information. We are also accepting donations of materials – yarn, stuffing, and craft needles.

So what are Arthritis Animals? Arthritis Animals are small hand-crafted stuffed animals that also have “arthritis”, signified by red joints. Each animal is unique and special, just like every child diagnosed with JA. My goal is to have each child diagnosed at the U of M C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital be given a special Arthritis Animal to help them throughout their treatments and recovery.

Send donations of both materials and completed animals to:

Peace Lutheran Church
c/o Arthritis Animals
8260 Jackson Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48103


Requirements for creating Arthritis Animals:

Animals can be sewn, crocheted, or knitted.  They should be all in ONE piece- no removable parts- some of these will be for very young children.  They should be between 5-10 inches in height (that is just including the body and head, not the limbs) they should also include at least two reddened joints.  This can be done by using patches, if sewing, or sewing on red yarn for the crocheted and knitted animals. When crocheting or knitting red yarn can also be crocheted or knitted around the joints like the knees, ankles, elbows, hands, or feet.  Once donated, we will add the tag and get them to Mott’s for a child to take home.

If you are looking for patterns try one of these, or just search the web for free knitting or crocheting animal patterns – any type of animal is fine!