Hat Box Foundation was established in the winter of 2007 as a volunteer-based non-profit organization with a mission to make and distribute FREE hand-made hats to people with cancer and others in need. 

We believe something made from the heart can help heal the human spirit. With that in mind, each hat distributed through the foundation is 100% hand-knitted or crocheted by a group of volunteers across the country. Since each hat is made by hand, each hat is unique and offers that special ingredient of kindness. And because of the generous donations from our volunteers and sponsors, we are able to give the hats FREE of charge to the well-deserving recipients. As we expand our efforts across the US, we hope you will join us in our journey.

[Hat Box Foundation is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) public charity.  Please visit our Donations page to find out more about making a donation.]

Warming the heads & hearts of those in need...
Many thanks to
Medical Protective
for their continuous support!
Typical Hat "Box"
Hat Box recipients at
Race for the Cure, SD
Girl Scout
Volunteer Knitters
Hat Box Foundation  |  516 Cantor   |  Irvine   |   California   |  92620  |  info@hatboxfoundation.org
What's new?

We're always looking for knitters to join our cause. Our recipients include men, women, boys, and girls but we are currently in need of hats for women.  In addition, we ask that the hats are sized to cover the ears and nape of the neck.

Bernat Character Hat Patter
Finished hats can be sent to our Carlsbad address for packaging and distribution to individual recipients and hospitals:

Hat Box Foundation
3471 Caminito Sierra, #P202
Carlsbad, CA 92009

When shipping hats, please include a note with your name and address in each package.  Due to our limited storage area, please limit shipments to 25 hats per shipment. Visit our Volunteers page for more information about making hats.
Sending hats?
New Recipients
Email us to find out how to receive a hat.