Are you knitters and crocheters ready to help AND have fun at the same time? Let me introduce you to the Hat Box Foundation! Its a great charity accepting hand knit, and crocheted hats for cancer patients and others in need. Basically anywhere you are in the United States, there is a hospital accepting donations from The Hat Box Foundation. Is that the coolest? http://www.hatboxfoundation.org/about.html
I had been looking for a nation wide organization accepting hats for cancer patients. Men, women and children included. The bonus is that The Hat Foundation also shares its work with The Medical University of South Carolina where they treat children needing heart surgery and a pediatric burn unit. So you can imagine the relief and comfort a hand knit/crocheted hat would provide for a child who had been through such immense trauma. Here's the link to the hospital's burn center http://www.musckids.org/burncenter/ I am so grateful places like MUSC.
The Hat Box Foundation is named because (and I quote)
"Each hat is individually wrapped and packaged in a small boutique-style box with a bow. Not only does this protect hats from dust and germs but it emphasizes each hat as a hand-made gift." http://www.hatboxfoundation.org/about.html I think that is such a fantastic idea. Nothing quite like getting a special gift just for you when you are vulnerable. The fact that they take so much time with each hat is priceless.
The excitement builds when you read the website's quote:
"Amazingly, to date, we have collected and distributed over 10,000 FREE hats to nearly 120 cancer treatment centers across the country!"
To get a little personal now, all of us have in one way or another been touched by a friend, family member, neighbor, or classmate who has suffered with cancer. While there are a lot of charities doing yeoman's work in fund raising, however the Hat Box Foundation is an organization that provides tangible gifts of love. When you really stop to consider the overwhelming nature of conditions like cancer or burn trauma it pulls hard at the heart strings.
Enough of my words already here is how YOU can help. Volunteer! http://www.hatboxfoundation.org/volunteers.html All the necessary information you need to make the hats including size, materials, and helpful suggestions is found at the above link. Don't crochet? Couldn't knit if your life depended on it? You an STILL help by donating funds. 100% of all the money donated goes to packaging and sending out the handmade hats: http://www.hatboxfoundation.org/donations.html
Have questions? The Hat Box Foundation has a facebook group and you can send your inquiries to email@example.com.
Please look at this wonderful group and consider how you can help.
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