When Ellie started kindergarten at Woodburn Elementary School in Falls Church, Jay Coakley, her teacher, noticed her affinity for “fun and cheery hats”. Jay organized a hat drive to provide Ellie with a broader selection of hats to wear, and Ellie’s Hats was born. By utilizing the power of social media, Jay spread the word about Ellie’s Hats. Thanks to the hard work of the individuals who took an interest in Ellie, thousands of kids across the country have received hats, other items and financial assistance. Jay currently works with Fairfax County Public Schools.