Heavenly Hats

Anthony Coast Guard

Anthony is now serving in the United States Coast Guard, but is still very active with the Heavenly Hats Foundation

The Heavenly Hats Foundation(TM) collects and distributes brand new hats of all kinds to those heroes of all ages who lose their hair due to the treatment of cancer or the many other medical conditions which may cause hair loss. The Heavenly Hats Foundation(TM) was founded by teenager Anthony Leanna when he was only 10 years old.

Since it’s beginnings in 2001, Heavenly Hats(TM) has distributed more than 4,500,000 brand-new hats to hundreds of hospitals and clinics around the United States. Thousands more have been shipped directly to individuals. We also send hats to many other countries upon request. We want to help every patient who is in need of head wear for warmth, comfort, courage and strength.

It’s our hope and prayer that one day a cure for cancer and the many other illnesses that affect our family and friends will be found and eventually no one will be in need of a Heavenly Hat(TM), but until then we’ll keep sending these special hats (and smiles) to our Hat Heroes. Thank you to all of our donors without you, we would not be able to continue on with our mission.



   Hat Parade

Invite your local schools, businesses or local organizations to help our foundation by holding a Hat Parade.  We are holding our Annual Fall Hat Parade on Friday,  October 11th, 2019 (or on a date that is convenient for your school or business) Please join us and help us help those in need!


National Hat Day is Wednesday January 15th, 2020.  You could hold your Hat Parade on this day as well to celebrate and help a great cause.  See our Hat Parade Page for more information.

The Heavenly Hats Foundation would like to give a huge shout out to Lexie Vankirk.  Lexie is from Ocean City, MD and has taken it upon herself to get many schools in her state involved with our Hat Parade.  Lexie is such an inspiration and she has helped our foundtation tremendously with our efforts to help those in need.  Thank you again so much Lexie you are the best.


If you are donating hats please send 660 N. Northview Rd. Green Bay , WI 54311

Please watch this video of one of our young hat recipients modeling her new Heavenly Hats.

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1. Be a part of one of National Hat Parades. Please visit our “Hat Parade” page and find out how your school, business, church or organization can hold a fun hat parade and help our foundation. Our Fall Hat Parade will be held on Friday, October 11th 2019, or on a date that is convenient for your school. See Hat Parade Information Page for more.

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3. Have your church or organization collect monetary donations for Heavenly Hats.

4. Theme your Bat/Bar Mitzvah for Heavenly Hats and collect brand new hats and collect monetary donations at your special event.

5. Make a monetary donation using our PayPal option on any of our pages or you can send your donation directly to:

The Heavenly Hats Foundation
2325 Pamperin Rd. Suite 3
Green Bay, WI 54313

6. Have your club, school, business, church, temple or organization hold a fundraising event in your community to help support Heavenly Hats.



By Sarah Dawes, DCMS-81

SN Anthony Leanna isn’t just serving his community Anthony is a former member of the Coast Guard IT security unit in Arlington, VA.. At age ten, Leanna started “The Heavenly Hats Foundation,” a program designed to provide new hats to patients who had lost their hair to cancer.  The now widely successful non-profit organization started small in 2001 when Leanna’s grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer in their Wisconsin hometown.  

“The idea for ‘Heavenly Hats’ came to me over Easter break after visiting my grandmother during her breast cancer treatment,” said Leanna. “I saw firsthand the seriousness of the disease, and the effects it has on individuals.”

To first get the word out about “The Heavenly Hats Foundation,” Leanna placed donation buckets in local establishments around Green Bay with accompanying flyers that asked customers to contribute new hats to help the cause. The community response was extremely supportive, and soon the Leanna family basement was overflowing with hats.  As the Foundation continued to grow, so did the attention it received from the media.

“I started doing little interviews for local television stations, hoping to get the word out to people and companies in the area,” said Leanna.  Soon enough, the mounting interest in Leanna’s “Heavenly Hats” began to catch the eye of national news groups across the country.  By making special appearances on programs such as ABC’s “Volunteers Across America,” Leanna was given the opportunity to continue the expansion of “Heavenly Hats”.

“The media has been wonderful to me and has helped in a huge manor to make ‘Heavenly Hats’ such a great success,” said Leanna.  In December of 2002, Leanna was recognized by President Bush as a recipient of the President’s Student Service Award – an honor that recognizes students for accomplishing a certain standard of community service excellence. At that point, Leanna had collected over 6,000 hats – with styles ranging from funky jester hats to more classic baseball caps – that had been donated to over 60 hospitals and clinics around the world.

The President’s Award isn’t the only recognition Leanna has received for “Heavenly Hats.” He has been the recipient of The National Caring Award, The National Jefferson Award, the ABC Real Life Superhero Award, and numerous others. Though Leanna is currently stationed at the Yard, “Heavenly Hats” is still going strong thanks to help from the company’s Executive Board of Directors. With Leanna’s mother, DeeAnn, heading up the foundation as President and Chairman of the Board, “Heavenly Hats” continues to receive support from companies and individuals nationwide.

The Leanna’s have now donated over a million hats that have improved quality of life.  “I have met with many patients and received many emails and letters from them, and without that contact, ‘Heavenly Hats’ would not have been as successful as we have been,” said Leanna. “It’s their courage to get through this horrible disease that inspires us to help as many people as possible.”

Anthony now resides in Wenonah, NJ and is married to Sarah Leanna and now have a beautiful baby boy Bryan.  

Please visit our EVENT PAGE for exciting upcoming events which involve Heavenly Hats(TM).


If you would like to send hats please contact us for alternative shipping address.

ATTENTION: DeeAnn Leanna

2325 Pamperin Rd. Suite 3

Green Bay, WI 54313

A special thank you to Ace Manufacturing of Green Bay who has been generous enough to donate office and storage space  and to Green Bay Packaging of Green Bay, WI who has also kindly donated Heavenly Hats(TM) warehouse space for our out of season hats and has donated custom boxes to ship the hats.  Thank you both very much without the generosity of these businesses we would not be able to continue on with our mission to help all of the cancer patients in need.