Hat Box Foundation

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.


Hats can be knitted or crocheted; we just ask that the crochet is more of a tighter stitch so that the hat provides enough coverage for the head.  In addition, we ask that the hats be long enough to cover the ears and nape of the neck.

Our recipients include men, women, boys, and girls so hats in a variety of colors, sizes, and styles are appreciated.  Hats for children should be at least 18" in circumference; hats for teens and adults should be at least 22" in circumference.

We like cotton and acrylic soft yarns since many of our patients have little or no hair (Bernat, Lion Brand, and Simply Soft Caron offer some great lines).


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 (don’t worry, this is only for our internal use and your name will not be shared with anyone else.)  Due to our limited storage area, please limit shipments to 50 hats per shipment.  If you or your group is knitting on behalf of a particular cancer treatment center or group, please indicate this in each shipment and we’ll do our best to match your hats with that facility.