We are now a 501 (c) (3)


What started out with an idea to get a few hats for a cute little kindergarten student in my class is now a 501 (c) (3) Charitable Organization. This has been made possible because of the efforts of so many wonderful people that want to help children and families that are battling cancer. Thank you! … [Read more...]

Virginia DECA Teams up with Ellie’s Hats


  I recently met with the Virginia DECA sponsor and officers, from across the different regions in the state, to discuss how Virginia DECA will work with Ellie's Hats as their Community Service Project/ Charity for this year. The officers were very excited and already had ideas of things that can be done to help spread awareness about childhood cancer and collect hats for children that are battling cancer. I am looking forward to posting about the  activities that the DECA … [Read more...]

Helping through hats

Almost done

Two years ago,  Robin Viar’s doctor spoke the words no patient wants to hear: “It’s cancer.” Viar was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer in March 2012 and given a 10 percent chance to survive. Determined to beat the odds, Viar pursued aggressive treatment in Texas and currently is cancer-free. After Viar’s successful treatments, she and her husband, Ted, and their two children, 13-year-old Katy and 14-year-old Reid, reflected on how difficult the past months had been. Then, they started … [Read more...]

More hats to CHDK


Delivered some more spring /summer hats to the Children's Hospital of the Kings Daughters, in Norfolk. I had the opportunity to talk to one of the nurses, who is a cancer survivor. She was so excited to receive the hats and told me how much the children love getting them. … [Read more...]

501 c 3 application

Form filed

The 501(c)(3) application was filed on July 15th. … [Read more...]

Super Cam

Super Cam

Cam is one of the first children that we started giving hats to. "SuperCam" McNeil was diagnosed with High Risk PreB ALL Leukemia Oct.of 2011. … [Read more...]

Ellie’s Brigade

Ellie's Brigade logo

With tomorrow being the 4th of July I thought it would be a good time to let you know about Ellie's Brigade. It is a division of Ellie's Hats that will support children of our military personnel that are being treated for life threatening illnesses. Walter Reed is the 1st of hopefully many military hospitals that we will support. There is a link to Ellie's Brigade information on the home page. We hope to have a Ellie's Brigade website soon. … [Read more...]

Jim Haiz

Jim Haiz

Jim was a very close friend of my mothers. He was very supportive of Ellie's Hats and was always looking for ways to help. He even had the Family Magazine send an email out to their subscribers to let them know about Ellie's Hats. You might think that this would be a odd place to be posting an obituary but I am think that after you have read it you will see why I posted it. James W. Haiz, age 76, of Cicero Illinois, passed away peacefully with family by his side on June 26, 2014. James … [Read more...]

Ben’s Bar Mitzvah


Ben has always liked collecting hats so when Ben was thinking about what he would like to do for his service project he decided that collecting hats for Ellie's Hats would be the perfect project. Ben collected over 160 hats. I was very honored to be invited to attend the big event and enjoyed getting a chance to thank Ben for his wonderful gift to children battling cancer.   … [Read more...]

Hats from the Orioles

Oriole Hats

Today we received 130 hats from the Baltimore Orioles. This is by far the largest number of hats that we have received from any professional sports team and we are very thankful for their generosity. This all came about because of one of our supporters, Kristen, who reached out to someone that she knew had a connection with the Orioles organization. … [Read more...]