Every year, the Sunmark Charitable Community Foundation partners with the Hatsgiving
organization to collect donations of soft, warm hats for children who have lost their hair while battling cancer. The concept for the Hatsgiving project was created in 2012 by Jeremy Wernick, who had just turned 8 years old. Hats collected during the November Hatsgiving collection drive are sent to pediatric cancer treatment centers. Since 2013, Hatsgiving has distributed hats to 60 treatment centers in 43 states plus Washington DC. In 2020, Hatsgiving distributed over 8,900 hats to pediatric cancer treatment centers across the United States.
Between October 16 and November 19, the Foundation will be collecting new, soft hats (store-bought or handmade), sizes newborn to adult at the following locations:
Hatsgiving Founder Receives 2020 ICU Day Award
The Susan V. Siegel Community Service Leader Award - presented to an individual who has made a meaningful contribution to their community - was awarded to Jeremy Wernick, creator of the annual Hatsgiving project. As the recipient of the award, the Sunmark Foundation presented a $1,500 donation to the Hatsgiving project.
To learn more about Hatsgiving, visit their website here.