Hats for the Homeless is a service project that provides hats to various community services designed to promote the health of the unhoused during the winter months through the reduction in risk of hypothermia. The body loses much body heat through the head, so keeping the head covered with a hat, and also a scarf if possible, prevents the escape of body heat and reduces the risk of hypothermia which can be fatal. Donated scarves are paired with hats to make wonderful sets for extra warmth.
The knitted and crocheted hats you donate will support the following services: OLA Giving Tree, Mercy Pedalers, Joshua’s House Volunteer Hospice, Loaves and Fishes, Mustard Seed School, Sharing God’s Bounty at St. Ignatius, St. John’s Lutheran Church downtown ministries, Sacramento Kindness Campaign, and various community HART services. Small hats for infants and children support: Tiny Feet Foundation (Sutter NICU), the Gabriel Project, and UC Davis Children’s Cancer Center. If you know of other services that would like to receive hats, please contact me.
Now is the time to build our supply for this coming winter’s cold weather. The containers will stay in the back of church for your donations. Gifts of yarn (machine washable, #4 weight only) are also very welcome. Those unfinished projects of yarn around the house can find a good home with those who are knitting and crocheting hats. Your caring will make a difference!
For more information, watch the video below: