Emily's Hats For Hope Initiative makes and collects winter hats, scarves, afghans & gloves for the homeless & working poor worldwide but primarily in the United States.
In December 2011, Emily, who was just 17 at the time, realized she could help the homeless & working poor in her community by knitting warm winter hats for them. On December 27, 2011 Emily’s Hats For Hope Initiative was born.
Emily's Hats For Hope Initiative has donated winter items to several NJ based outreach organizations, including soup kitchens in Morristown & Dover, the Father English Community Center in Paterson, the InterFaith Food Pantry in Morris Plains, & Trinity Church in Asbury Park. Hats were brought to Elmira, NY, and to the Second Congregational Church in Jeffersonville, Vermont. Hats were sent to the Jersey Shore for people drastically affected by Superstorm Sandy. We were asked by the organization “From Houses To Homes-Guatemala” to supply hats to women and children in Guatemala. We delivered hats, scarves, afghans, canned food, toiletries, etc to the residents of “Tent City” in Lakewood, NJ. We have donated hats to the Jersey Battered Women’s Shelter and New Alternatives in NYC, an organization that helps homeless LGBT teens and young adults. Hats were also brought to Appalachia in Kentucky, one of our nation's most impoverished regions.
Over two dozen members of Emily’s Facebook group have created independent “spin-offs” of Emily’s Hats For Hope Initiative in their home states of (2 in CA), FL, IA, (2 in IL), IN, KS, KY, MA, ME, MI, MO, NC, NE, NH, (2 in NJ), NY, OH, OK, PA, TN, (2 in VA) , WA and in Canada, Denmark and Australia. We also have independent spin-offs in Atlantic County & Ocean County, NJ for people to donate warm winter items for Hurricane Sandy relief. Emily’s long- term goal is to have a spin-off in every state & on every continent.
Emily started a Facebook group, which now has over 3,500 members. Many have sent hats, scarves, afghans & yarn to us as donations. She has received winter hats from as far away as Canada, Iceland, Ireland & England. It is phenomenal how much support her initiative has received from around the world!
Emily has received letters of recognition from NJ Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco, NJ Governor Chris Christie and Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen. She was interviewed by Roseanne Colletti at NBC Studios in NYC on the Evening Nightly News With Chuck Scarborough in July 2012 and has been interviewed by The Daily Record, The Morris Newsbee, Morristown Patch, Parsippany Patch and The Star Ledger (NJ newspapers).
Please join Emily as she continues towards her goal of 5,000 winter hats by April 2013.
You can send winter hats, scarves, gloves, mittens, yarn (NO ANGORA PLEASE), blankets, afghans to:
Emily’s Hats For Hope Initiative
PO Box 2374
Morristown, NJ 07962-2374
(If you live in NJ and want to save on shipping charges, you can drop off your donated items at either Trillium Yarns, 1007 Mt Kemble Ave Morristown, NJ or The Shops at 14 Pine Street, 14 Pine St., Morristown, NJ.)
Emily’s Hats For Hope Initiative. Changing the world, one hat at a time!
Radio interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zM5CE8mUW1w
NBC interviewed Emily: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/video/#!/on-air/as-seen-on/Emilys-Hats-For-Hope/164095756
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/EmilysHatsForHopeInitiative