5 Things | The Hat Project

The Hat Lady, Aida Bound, visits with children at East Wenatchee's Head Start Migrant program where she donated hats to the children.

I am an almost 80-year-old social worker. I thought of The Hat Project when I moved to Wenatchee from Washington, D.C. about eight years ago. My passion is social justice.

1. The Hat Project is a community project made up of mostly, but not all elderly people! We join together to knit, crochet and loom hats for children who need them. There are Hat Projects all over the U.S. Anyone can join and the idea is community and hanging out together. We also make quilts, afghans and diaper bags. We have an Abuelita Hat Project made up of people who prefer to speak Spanish.

2. The program serves children from 0-18 years old. We work through WIC, Head Start, the schools, homeless shelters, food banks and so on.

3. We are ALL volunteers and everything is donated. Yarn can be dropped off at Washington Trust Banks at the north or southend of Wenatchee and East Wenatchee or at the Hat Lady's home.

4. In Washington State there are Hat Projects in Albion, Cashmere/Monitor/Dryden, Chelan, Moses Lake, Soap Lake, Warden, the Mad Hatters of Conconully/Omak, Mansfield, Cle Elum, Entiat, Ephrata, Goldendale, Leavenworth, Newport, Plain, Issaquah, Quincy, Tacoma, Tri-Cities, Waterville, Walla Walla, Wenatchee and Winthrop. Anyone can start a Hat Project anywhere!

5. The Hat Project is FREE, FUN and HELPS PEOPLE!!

How can people help? People can help by donating yarn or small amounts of money for The Hat Lady's gas for her car!