If you read about our new #HatNotHate campaign to end bullying, then you might be wondering how to get involved. We’ve teamed up with STOMP Out Bullying™, and we want you to join us! October 1st is the World Day of Bullying Prevention, so we’re embarking on a very special project. To participate, you can knit or crochet an extra blue hat, and then mail it straight to us. These hats will be donated to a local school, who are hoping to outfit their entire student body! We need 1,500 hats by September 24th – keep reading to find out more about how to donate a hat.
#HatNotHate is a nation-wide campaign to bring awareness to the impact bullying has on children and teens. Our partner in this campaign, STOMP Out Bullying™, has been working since 2005 to provide resources and support to change school culture for all students. This year, we’ll be making blue hats – the color of anti-bullying awareness – and wearing them in October. Blue is the color of awareness for this issue, and also the color of solidarity. In addition, we’re encouraging crafters to make their own hats, and share on social media to spread the message using the hashtag #HatNotHate. Lion Brand will also be joining STOMP Out Bullying™ on their in-school visits, educating communities about how to create a positive school climate.
In addition to making a hat for yourself, we invite you to make one to share! We’re collecting 1,500 hats on behalf of a local school, who plan to give them to all their students for World Day of Bullying Prevention on October 1st. This is a beautiful gesture of solidarity, so we hope you’ll join us in supporting their effort.
Check out our list of 23 #HatNotHate knit and crochet patterns, which can be found here. You’re welcome to whip up a hat on your own, or you might choose to host a hat-making party! This would be a wonderful way to spread the message, and encourage friends to join in. In addition, if you purchase any of the yarns recommended in these patterns, 2% of the proceeds will go towards STOMP Out Bullying™’s work.
Once you’ve finished your hat, please mail it to us at this address:
We’ll need to receive your hat by September 24th, to get the hats to the school by October 1st. If we receive more than the requested 1,500, we’ll be able to make additional donations to other lucky schools.
We hope you’ll join us in this special effort to positively impact the lives of students at this school. By making a hat to wear, planning to donate a hat, posting on social media, and talking about it with friends, we’ll create an atmosphere of kindness and understanding that will spread, one person at a time.