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

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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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Troy’s Birthday Gifts

We love to hear about young people, like Troy, who are thinking about others. From Troy’s mom “Troy has chosen the past few years to forego birthday gifts and ask for donations for charity. This year, he chose Ellie’s Hats for his charity.  He feels very strongly about organizations that raise money or provide support to people with cancer because he has lost both grandfathers to this disease. He decided to support Ellie’s Hats this year because his brother’s school did a hat drive last year in honor of a classmate who had been diagnosed with cancer and he thought that it was a great idea and would help children feel better.”

 

Engility Corporation Supports Ellie’s Hats

We want to thank the Engility Corporation for their support. Engility offices in Charleston SC, Colorado Springs CO, Lexington Park MD, Andover MA and in Chantilly all collected hats. Over 200 hats were collected and sent them to us or to a hospital near their office.

 

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Newton-Lee Elementary School

Newton-Lee Elementary School in Ashburn Virginia held a hat drive and collected some really cute hats. When I went to pick them up I was unable to speak to the students so they asked me some questions and recorded it to playback to the students. Hopefully the next time I visit I will get a chance to thank the students.

Click here to see the video.

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Turning 50 isn’t so bad.

Turning 50 is not such a bad thing after all. Jamie Scoggin’s, a friend of ours, was turning 50 and her family wanted to have a party for her. She said that she would only agree if guests were not allowed to bring gifts for her. Instead they could bring a hat or make a donation to Ellie’s Hats. Her guests donated over $600 and 110 hats. I want to thank each one of the guests that donated to Ellie’s Hats

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Hat Drive at Woodburn Elementary

The 6th graders at Woodburn Elementary School, which is where Ellie goes, held a hat drive as part of their community service project. Before the start of the hat drive Holly Senn, from Inova Fairfax Children’s Hospital came by to speak to the 6th graders about childhood cancer. The 6th graders learned a lot from Holly and were very excited to get started and collect some hats to donate. The 6th graders made their own presentation and went into the classrooms to tell the younger students about Ellie’s Hats. They did a great job.

George Mason Athletic’s Hat Drive

George Mason University held a hat drive for Ellie’s Hats at their men’s basketball game last night against George Washington University (The Revolutionary Rivalry, the Clash of the Georges, etc.). It was called a “Gold Game” Fans were encouraged to wear gold to support both the Patriots and Ellie’s Hats, a childhood cancer awareness program. Fans were also encouraged to bring a new hat to donate to Ellie’s Hats.” The players wore their all gold uniform in support of Ellie’s Hats.

We received 100 hats from Mason fans and everyone attending the game was made aware of Ellie’s Hats. Ellie and her father, Dave, were there and from the pictures you can probably guess what was the favorite part of the night for Ellie.  The Masonettes were so sweet to little Ellie and it was nice to see her having such a great time hanging out with them. Ellie was probably not excited to have her picture taken with Darell Green and Brad Edwards but Dave and I were.

 

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She was a little shy.

Alina helping collect hats

Alina helping collect hats

Ellie and a few former Redskins.

Ellie and a few former Redskins.

Abby Giving Back

What does a child do who has survived treatment for ALL? She decides to GIVE BACK. Abby was diagnosed with ALL on March 11, 2011 at the age of 8. She finished treatment in June of 2014. This year, for her 12th birthday, instead of gifts for herself, she decided to collect hats to give to children going through treatment for childhood cancer. Abby and her mom had hoped to collect 50 hats, but she will be delivering 342 hats tomorrow at her clinic appointment, which she has every 3 months! I know that Abby’s mom and dad are very proud of their brave girl. Abby never got a chance to meet her grandmother who passed away in 1997, from leukemia, but I am sure that she would be so proud of her helping others.

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“Abby had a great time delivering all the hats yesterday at the clinic. 50 we sent to Egleston, we handed out about 30 yesterday, her oncology doctor took a box to hand out himself as did his nurses, and then the child life specialist took the rest to hand out at the hospital and later this week to patients at the clinic. What a GREAT day!”

Sheehy Ford in Richmond

Sheehy Ford (1159 x 680)Ellie’s Hats would like to thank the Sheehy Ford Dealership, in Richmond Virginia, for donating 101 fun hats to the Ronald McDonald House in Richmond. The hats were collected at the dealership from their hat drive. In the picture is Mike Lorton the General Manager, Nate Bonds the Sales Manager, Mark Silver and Allison Smith. Allison is the Director of Development at the Ronald McDonald House of Richmond. Thank you everyone who donated!