Hat Box Foundation was inspired by a young girl who was diagnosed with bone cancer in the summer of 2007.
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After losing her hair, this young girl loved to model her hats. Her gracious attitude was a constant reminder of how each of us can make a difference in someone’s life. To date, this family-run, non-profit foundation has collected and distributed over 10,000 free hats to nearly 120 cancer treatment centers across the country!
Since each hat is made by hand, each is unique. Hat Box encourages design creativity and gladly accepts all new, well-crafted hand-knitted or crocheted hats (no loomed hats). Their recipients include men, women, boys, and girls so hats in a variety of colors, sizes, and styles are appreciated. Hats for children should be at least 18″ in circumference; hats for teens and adults should be at least 22″ in circumference. While they have no pre-determined patterns, visit their links page for some free pattern downloads.
Hats can be crocheted; however, they ask that the crocheted hats use a tighter stitch so the hat provides enough coverage. In addition, they ask that the hats be long enough to cover the ears and nape of the neck. Since their hats are sent to multiple climate zones, they accept all sorts of yarn weights. They do prefer cotton and acrylic soft yarns because many of their patients have little or no hair. Because they are a non-profit, they ask all volunteers to supply their own yarn.
Hat Box Foundation is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) public charity and finished hats can be sent to the address found at their Web site.
Hat Box Foundation is different from other organizations since they only distribute 100% hand-made hats. Their message is – Something made from the heart can help heal the human spirit. For more information visit: www.hatboxfoundation.org.