National Hat Day is celebrated on January 15th. Hats have many uses and meanings; they are used for safety, cultural identity, ceremonies, etc. For me, hats represent warmth and protection. The first Do Good action I could think of for National Hat Day was giving a hat to someone who needs a hat, but cannot afford it. I am happy that there are organizations that facilitate this process. Here is one such organization:
Warm Up America!: We are a national nonprofit that since 1991 has provided hand knitted and crocheted blankets, clothing and accessories made by volunteers across the country and donated to people in need.
It is committed to motivating, training and coordinating volunteers to knit and crochet afghans and clothing for people in need.
What good can you do:
- Create: They accept any knitted or crocheted item that will keep a person warm, including hats, mittens, scarves, gloves, etc.
- Share: You can share their data with others so they can get involved.
- Donate: They also accept financial support.
- Look Local: You can look for other local organizations that are helping people or give a hat to someone locally in need.
This is certainly my favorite hat photo. Sochi posing warm in her sweater, looking out into the distance contemplating her life choices thinking “Why am I wearing this unforgiving hat, I prefer hoodies.”