My name is Emily and I am 17 and a senior at Morristown High. Last December I realized I could help the homeless & working poor in my community by knitting warm winter hats for them. As a result, on December 27, 2011, "Emily’s Hats For Hope Initiative" was born.
As of October 2012, I have made and collected over 2,600 winter hats plus numerous scarves, afghans, etc! I have donated 800 hats 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. Another 200 hats were brought to Elmira, NY, and 144 were donated to the Second Congregational Church in Jeffersonville, Vermont. This December 1,000 hats will be distributed to community centers in the Appalachia region in KY, one of our nation’s most impoverished areas. Several hundred hats remain in storage and will be distributed this fall to the homeless and working poor in NJ. Our current mission is to make hats, scarves and afghans for the residents of "Tent City" in Lakewood, NJ. These men and women lost their homes, cars and jobs and are now living in the woods in Lakewood, NJ. We will be donating the winter items to them in late October.
I started a Facebook group, which now has over 1,800 members. Many have sent hats, scarves, afghans & yarn to us as donations. I have received winter hats from as far away as Canada, Iceland & England. It is phenomenal how much support my initiative has received from around the world! 18 members of our Facebook group have created independent "spin-offs" of "Emily's Hats For Hope Initiative" in their home states and in Ontario, Canada. This will allow many more people to be reached. My long-term goal is to have one in every state & in every country.
I have received letters of recognition from NJ Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco, NJ Governor Chris Christie and Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen. I was interviewed by Roseanne Colletti at NBC studios in NYC on the show "The Evening Nightly News With Chuck Scarborough" in July.
Please join me as I continue towards my goal of 3,000 winter hats by my 18th birthday this December.
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
Please “LIKE” our Facebook page, pull up a chair and stay a while. "Emily’s Hats For Hope Initiative". Changing the world, one hat at a time!
I hope you follow my blog as I continue my mission. Thank you.
NBC interviewed Emily: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/video/#!/on-air/as-seen-on/Emilys-Hats-For-Hope/164095756
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/EmilysHatsForHopeInitiative