“More than just a hat”

You may not know Ellie’s Hats does more than send hats to children battling cancer. With the help of Casey’s Automotive we were able to give out 22 $200 checks to some of the families we have met. We know that having a child with a life threatening illness can be very costly so we hope the checks will help.











Dylan and Tyler

Checks on the way



Fox 5 DC Weekend Show

Saturday April 22nd I was on the Fox 5 DC Weekend show with Bryan and Mary Jewett to talk to Annie Yu about Ellie’s Hats and the event Casey’s Automotive was hosting for Ellie’s Hats. While were a little nervous about being on live TV Annie made us a lot more comfortable with her genuine interest in Ellie’s Hats.  This is the 2nd time Fox 5 has done a story about Ellie’s Hats and the 3rd time we have been on Fox 5. Each time the people from Fox 5  showed a real interest in what Ellie’s Hats is all about.

Here is a link to the segment. Fox 5 segment

2016 Impact

Ellie’s Hats does more than send hats to children battling cancer. In 2016 we started two new programs at Inova Children’s Hospital. The “Hero Bag” program and monthly dinners for the patients and families in the hospital. With your support we plan to continue to look for ways to help support families who have a child battling cancer in 2017. Would you like to be a part of this? Send an email to jay@ellieshats.org. #morethanjustahat Inova Children’s Hospital

Fun with Slapshot 2016

We can’t think of anything better than a visit by the Washington Capital’s Slapshot to bring laughter and smiles to children suffering from cancer, other than some fun hats from Ellie’s Hats. That was the perfect mix on Monday when the two partnered together to bring a special holiday blessing at Pediatric Specialists of Virginia. Jay Coakley, president of Ellie’s Hats, invited Slapshot to join him to visit the clinic and entertain the children, their parents, and the wonderful giving staff. You know Slapshot–he HAD to be there!!

What’s next for Ellie’s Hats?

  • They will be bringing dinner from Jimmy John’s to patients and families on the oncology unit at Inova Children’s Hospital on December 14.
  • They will attend the Holiday Party at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital and donate $2,000 worth of Visa Gift Cards to the families on 15 December.
  • They will be going to Medstar Georgetown University with the Capitals to visit the children and pass out more hats on 19 December.

watermarked82016-12-12-2044FiCP is partnering with Ellie’s Hat to encourage you to help this wonderful and wide-reaching cause. We would love nothing better than to see the hockey community flood Jay with hats, other gifts, and donations for the children. Click here to find out how you too can help.  And keep checking with us to hear more about our partnership with the Washington Capitals Fan Club and future hat drives!

Pediatric Specialist provide specialized care for children who suffer with a variety of health issues, including cancer. Click hereto donate to help them.




This post was written by our friends at Friends in Cold Places. https://friendsincoldplaces.com/



Crossfield Hat Drive 2016

We want to thank Crossfield Elementary School, in Herndon Virginia, for having a drive to collect hats, crayons, coloring books and Play-doh. They collected over 100 really cute hats which we will be sending out very soon. The children receiving them are going to really enjoy them. #fcps #kidshelpingkids #morethanjustahat #childhoodcancer




Hockey Fights Cancer 2016

We were very grateful to have been a part of the Washington Capitals Hockey Fights Cancer Campaign again this year. As part of the campaign Leidos donated 400 awesome Capitals hats to us. These hats will bring joy to many children who are battling cancer. #nhl#capsfightcancer #hockeyfightscancer #morethanjustahat 









Casey’s Automotive

We are very excited to announce that Casey’s Automotive, of Chantilly VA, has become a sponsor of Ellie’s Hats! If you live in the area please give them a call the next time you need to have service done on one of your vehicles.
In honor of our new partnership, Casey’s Automotive is holding a HAT DRIVE this month. Bring in a hat to donate in the month of October and receive $5 off your service.

Casey’s Automotive
#caseysautomotive #morethan4 #morethanjustahat


Allstate Event at Mustang Sally Brewery

We had our second event at  Mustang Sally Brewery, in Chantilly, and again it was a great evening. Allstate Franchise owners Christine and Mike Angles helped with planning the event and also came out to pour some beer. Some of the local Allstate employees also came out to help.who came out to support Ellie’s Hats. It was a lot of fun. #morethanjustahat #allstate 

 Allstate Agent Mike Angles



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UBS Boston Area Hat Drives

Huge thanks to the UBS offices in Rockland and Boston for holding hat/toy drives and Volunteer Days for Ellie’s Hats! They collected over 230 incredible hats and countless crayons, Play Doh, crafts and and activity kits. They decorated shipping boxes and made touching cards for children battling cancer. These offices put so much care into this project and we at Ellie’s Hats are so thankful.

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The Prep Zone

Thanks to DMVStream.com for having me in to talk about Ellie’s Hats and our efforts to raise awareness of childhood cancer.