In December 2011, Emily, who was just 17, realized she could help the homeless and working poor in her community of Morristown, NJ, by knitting winter hats for them. On December 27, 2011, Emily’s Hats For Hope Initiative (EHFHI) was born.
Emily has made and collected over 25,000 winter hats! Add to that, the hundreds of scarves, mitts, gloves, socks, and afghans, and the number of people we’ve helped keep warm is astounding. Most of these donations have come from hundreds of people from Emily’s Facebook page. She has received donations from as far away as Canada, Iceland, Ireland, & England. It is phenomenal how much support her initiative has received from around the world! Emily is always looking for more people who knit, crochet, or loom and would like to help make winter hats, scarves, mittens, gloves, or afghans for the homeless and working poor. Click here to find out how you can help.
The numbers above do not include the hats, scarves, mitts, gloves, socks, and afghans collected and distributed by dozens of spin-off organizations, which were created by followers of Emily’s Facebook page, and are located in the US, Canada, Denmark, and Australia. Emily’s long-term goal is to have a spin-off in every state and in every country. Click here to find out how you can start a spin-off.
For a list of some of the places around the world EHFHI has donated winter items to, click here.
Through her dedication to helping others, Emily was accepted into the Civic Scholars Program at Drew University. She is actively recruiting other students from Drew to make winter hats for the homeless and for those in need. She has created a program on campus where she gives hats to students to bring to their hometowns during their vacation to donate to their local food pantries and soup kitchens. This gives Emily the opportunity to help people in areas she would not normally be able to reach.
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, Crochet Savvy Magazine, and The Star Ledger (NJ newspapers). On March 8, 2013 Emily was interviewed on Ebru Today, an international TV news show.
Emily was awarded the 2013 Phenomenal Woman Award, the 2013 Caring Student of the Year Award, the 2013 Points of Light Award, the 2013 Governor’s Jefferson Award, and was a 2013 Huggable Heroes Semi-Finalist. She was also chosen for the 2014 Peck Community Service Award. For more news details, click here.
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