In 2008, 9-year-old Andrew Castle started Hats for Hunger, selling his hand knit hats to raise money for Heifer International. He raised $1500 that first year, and the project has only gotten bigger and bigger.
Last week, I got an email from 9-year-old Hannah, Hats for Hunger's Minnesota Representative, sharing this video that she made promoting the project. I'm sorry, but this made me a little bit misty-eyed:
The really heart-warming part was the email that accompanied her video. Are you ready?
My name is Hannah and I am nine years old.
Could you please link my YouTube video on your blog?
I'm trying to get knitters to donate a hat to Hats for Hunger.
All money goes to Heifer International to buy livestock for poor families.
I knit on a loom. I unravel sweaters for hats sometimes. And I dye the yarn with koolaid.
I made the video as a 4H project and it won a blue ribbon, a purple ribbon, a trip to the state fair and a Best of Show ribbon.
So, not only do 100% of the profits from her hats go to Heifer International, but she uses reclaimed yarn that she dyes herself, to boot! It makes me want to pick up one of these hats, despite the temperatures in the upper 90's here in Atlanta this week.
Becky Striepe is a green blogger and independent crafter with a passion for vintage fabrics. She runs a crafty business, Glue and Glitter, where her mission is to use existing materials in products that help folks reduce their impact without sacrificing style! She specializes in aprons and personalized bags.