The Headwear Association Hosts Eight Annual Headwear for the Homeless

Distributes More than 5,000 Free Winter Hats in Reading, PA; Santa Cruz, CA; Stockton, PA and Harlem, New York City


Bollman Hat Company, Magid Hats, American Hat Makers and Dorfman Pacific joined The Headwear Association for the Eighth Annual Headwear for the Homeless Hat Giveaway.  These leading American hat companies donated thousands of hats to homeless shelters and non-profit organizations nationwide on December 17, 2015.

“Bollman Hat Company has been participating in The Headwear Association’s Headwear for the Homeless campaign for the past eight years,” said Don Rongione CEO of Bollman Hat Company. “It’s very important that our industry give back, and Headwear for the Homeless is one of the most vital events that the THA conducts every year.  It’s truly rewarding to put smiles on so many faces during the holiday season.”

Bollman Hat Company distributed hats and scarves at St. Mary’s Shelter and Opportunity House in Reading, PA.

Magid Hats joined forces with Evetta Petty of Harlem’s Heaven Hats and distributed more than 2,000 hats and scarves at Silent Voices United annual holiday event in Harlem NYC. Hundreds of underprivileged families received warm winter headwear and scarves courtesy of Magid. “There are so many underprivileged families in New York City, and we really feel it is our duty to help out when we can,” said Magid Vice President and current THA president Charles Rand. “There were hundreds of people waiting in line for warm hats and scarves and their gratitude was overwhelming. We were thrilled to help out The Headwear Association and it was so satisfying to receive so many heartfelt thank you’s.”

American Hat Makers hosted a Headwear for the Homeless event at the Santa Cruz Homeless Shelter.  Hannah Watrous, Director of Global Marketing for American Hat Makers said, “We gave at least 200 beanies away at the homeless shelter.  Afterwards we walked the streets and passed out free hats to any one we thought may be cold. It was a great experience. The highlight was a family of five at Shelter. Our daughter Leilani was particularly captivated by one of the little girls at the shelter. My husband Garth gave Lei $100 to give to the girl’s father and she wished them a Merry Christmas. The event was truly amazing to be a part of, and teaching our daughters about local philanthropy has been priceless,” said Hannah.

Dorfman Pacific’s tremendous generosity to the Stockton, CA community was overwhelming this year.  Dorfman Pacific employees donated more than 3,000 hats to families in need at nine locations:  Mary Graham Children’s Shelter, United Way, Haven of Peace, Stockton Shelter for the Homeless, Gospel Center, St. Mary’s Interfaith Community Services, Child Abuse Prevention Center, The Salvation Army and the Women’s Center.