The American Sewing Guild, which distributed 14,000 handcrafted hand puppets to hospitals or charities last year, hopes to double its donations this time around.

The "Sew a Smile . . . Craft a Puppet" program is supported by sewing and crafts retailers, the American Home Sewing and Craft Association and the Hobby Industries of America.Completed puppets should be sent to the nearest American Sewing Guild chapter by Dec. 31.

For a free copy of the puppet pattern and instructions, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Edie Von Kamecke, American Sewing Guild, "Sew a Smile" Pattern, PO Box 50976, Indianapolis, IN 46250-0976.