My inspiration to start Heavenly Hats(TM) started after spending time in hospitals when my grandma had breast cancer (The photo is my grandma and me, she is doing great). I was able to see all of the patients in the hospitals, many without hair, and wanted to do something to help. I knew that if I was in the hospital and had lost my hair I would want a hat to wear.
It was in May of 2001, when I was ten years-old that I came up with the idea for Heavenly Hats(TM). It started out small and I thought that it would probably stay that way. I started by putting donation barrels in local stores and asking around my hometown for donations of new hats. The hats started to be donated and I was able to provide some hats to a few local hospitals. (Photo of Anthony and his grandma Darlene Chartier on the left).
A short time later the media heard about my program and really helped me to spread the word. This generated donations of hundreds of hats from businesses and individuals. At that point I started sending hats to hospitals in Wisconsin.
My next step was emailing hat companies and embroidery companies all over the world and asking for donations. This effort produced hats pouring in from as far away as Australia and Europe. It was at that point that I knew that I would be able to start sending the hats to hospitals and clinics all over the United States.
To date I have been able to donate over 4, 300,000 new hats to medical patients in need around the United States and other countries.
If you would like to send hats please contact us for alternative shipping address.
HEAVENLY HATS FOUNDATION(TM)
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.
Please note that any hat donations must be BRAND-NEW due to the low immune systems of our recipients