More Than
Just A Hat

We founded Ellie’s Hats to brighten the day of children with cancer. Since Ellie’s Hats began six years ago, we have sent nearly 2,000 packages to children with cancer across the country.  We have donated over $200,000 to families and hospitals, in the form of checks, gift cards and other items which have a direct impact on the families.

Ellie, Her Mom and Jay on Good Morning Washington

Hear from Ellie, her mom and Jay, who were on WJLA’s Good Morning Washington Show on February 17th 2020.

Our Story

In 2013, Ellie was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. By the time she entered kindergarten, she had lost most of her hair. We donated fun hats to Ellie. Now, we’ve expanded far beyond hats. Whether it’s granting a wish or supporting families in need, each day we work to make a child with cancer day a little brighter.

What We Do

Ellie’s Helps

A diagnosis can place a large financial burden on families. Ellie’s Hats helps families who have a child with cancer and is being treated at the Pediatric Specialists of Virginia Clinic in Falls Church, VA.

Hero Bag Program

We donate bags containing helpful items to newly diagnosed pediatric cancer patients at Inova Children’s Hospital. The items in the “Hero Bags” were recommended by the Child Life Specialists.

Grant a Wish

We work with families to learn about their child’s wish and help make it come true.

Thank You

Our generous donors help make our mission possible. Explore recent donations below.

Sponsors & Partners

Latest Updates

Donations
Christmas 2020
More Christmas fun today. I surprised our friend Boris with the PS 5 he wanted for Christmas. I also got to see the shoes I had sent to him and his brother for Christmas. It was so much fun seeing how happy they were, as you can see from their big smiles.
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General
$130,000 Donated since 2019
It is not 2021 yet but we have already mailed the January checks to three families who could use a little help. When you get an email like this you get the check in the mail ASAP. “Please mail ASAP $2000”.
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General
$125,000
Earlier this week we delivered ten $1,200 checks and ten $100 Paisano’s gift cards to the PSV Clinic. They will be given to ten local families who have a child with cancer and can use some financial help. As 2020 comes to an end we will have donated $125,000 worth of checks to local families,...
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Impact Stories
"More Than just a hat"
A while back Keren and Keily’s mother asked me if I knew of someone who could install a bathroom on their main level. Keren was about to have rotationplasty surgery on her leg and it would be difficult for her to go up and downstairs. I put a post up on this page and within...
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Get Involved

There are a variety of ways you can help make a difference, from volunteering to collecting hats. See opportunities below.