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Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: Calvin’s Hats is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide hand knit hats for babies who are born too early to survive.

Results: We've sent out over 300 hats just in the last 6 weeks!

Target demographics: bless families who have lost little ones

Direct beneficiaries per year: thousands of families as they walked a difficult journey

Geographic areas served: all areas of the world

Programs: tiny hats for babies born much too soon. These hats go to hospitals across the U.S. and individual families around the world.

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Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I love Calvins Hats! They do a wonderful thing. I had a miscarriage back in May 2013 and I was only 7 weeks pregnant. I loved the fact that they put their time and love into making these hats and providing them for families that have lost their babies to soon. I helped me greatly to have as small as it is little hat for my angel baby. I highly support Calvins Hats and always will.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Calvin's Hats provides such a wonderful thing to parents who have lost babies. I lost 2 of my babies during the first trimester of pregnancy. I had nothing tangible to hold or look at as I grieved and remembered my babies that had died. One day I came across Calvin's Hats, and I requested 2 hats, one for each of my babies. I treasure these teeny tiny little hats that fit on my fingertips. When I hold them I feel connected to my babies, and it is so special to me to have something for them. This organization does wonderful things and provides such a great service to grief stricken parents.

Dawn64

Client Served

Rating: 5

Calvin's hats gave me something to hold and touch when I lost my baby at 14 weeks. It's hard to share with people the grief you feel, but it was so easy to share with them. I now have one special thing that is my angel's thanks to Calvin's hats. They are an amazing organization.

1 Susanna A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Where do I start.... Calvin's Hats brought hope to my heart when I tonight there was nothing left! In this place I found a site where I could pour my heart out and people actually knew what I was talking about! I've gotten two hats on for my 22 1/2 week miracle who will be 2 on the 22ns and one for my angel up in heaven who was born and got his wings at 16 week! I will or ever be grateful to Calvin's hats for they were able to help hold on to something that allowed me to continue to push forward.

Annie24

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been knitting tiny hats for Calvin's Hats for awhile now. I love the fact that you get to see many little hats in their new homes and that as a knitter it allows you to creatively explore many different colors and be creative.

I am so glad to have stumbled across Calvin's Hats because that one tiny hat is everything to someone.

Rachel100

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've made and donated hats to Calvin's Hats, and I have with Facebook page liked. The comfort that they provide, both to parents who have lost babies (thankfully I don't fall into that category) and to those who wish there was something they can do to try to ease the pain for those parents, makes this organization one that I recommend to other charity knitter/crocheters that I know. I also must say that some of the people who contribute are angel baby moms themselves, and they derive comfort from being able to help other parents going through the same thing they did. I've read stories on Ravelry.com, for instance, where it has been said that being able to make the little hats to donate helps fill the hole left by not being able to make things for the babies they lost.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A place where you can spill your heart and others listen. A small hat will arrive at your door to help you heal the gap in your life.

Lori74

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love knitting and crocheting for Calvin's Hats! I know many hearts are touched through their ministry! A friend told me about them in a group I was helping to teach knitting. She received a hat when she lost her son way too soon. I started sending hats to them and have started my own local ministry of knitting and crocheting for preemies. It has also led to my teaching ladies in jail how to crochet so they can give back to the community.
I tell everyone about Calvin's Hats and will continue to knit and crochet for them!

Katrina9

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I lost a sweet baby only a couple months after my best friend lost her second child, and was waiting to hear that she had lost her 3rd as well. We were all struggling coming to terms with what happened to us, and without anything tangible to remember our little ones by, we were searching online for som kind of token that would help bridge the gap. I contacted Calvin's Hats, and shortly thereafter received 3 very tiny little hats, 2 for my friends losses, and one for mine. He two had matching charms, and ment the world to her. I still take out the tiny hat we were given and look at it, hold it, and think of my angel baby. We wer both blessed with healthy babys a year later, and my friend is expecting to have another healthy baby in the spring! I cant say enough good things about the wonderful people that make these sweet hats, and they greatly helped me through the greiving process!

KaTrina K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Calvin's Hats helped me have something to hold on to after losing my first child.

Tracie C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After lost my girls. I was looking for other women that have lost children and calvin's hats. When they sent me my hats it was a very special day for me. The hospital where i had my girls where no help with what I was feeling at that time in my life.

Michele47

Client Served

Rating: 5

When my Husband and I lost our daughter Ella Grace at 13 weeks, 1 day, we were never given the chance to see, or hold her. Calvin's Hats sent us o beautiful tiny hat, and it was a tangible way for us to see how small and perfect she was. It also gave us both a chance to "hold her". Ella's hat from Calvin's hats was a Godsend to us, and we consider it one of our most prized possessions. Thank you so very much to the team who made this possible, it means the world to us.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My twin boys passed away after they were born at 18 weeks. I found Calvin's Hats in a Google search while looking for support. I requested hats for them and when they arrived they were perfect. When you have nothing to hold and nothing that was theirs, it's really comforting to have these little hats. They would have fit them perfectly.

Katie74

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I were in the hospital, trying to save the baby girl that I was 21 weeks pregnant with in October, 2010. Calvin's Hats rushed us a package with a beautiful hand-made tiny hat. I took pictures of the hat on my very pregnant belly and joked that we wouldn't need it because our baby girl would stay put until she was much too big for that tiny hat! Unfortunately, our daughter was born too soon a couple of weeks later and passed away shortly after birth. During that brief window of time where she was still alive and we held her close, we had that ONE THING that fit her, that kept her tiny head warm, that showed we loved her and was just for her....we had that one hat. And in that moment, there was not a single thing in God's green earth that was as precious as that hat on my angel's tiny head. God bless Calvin's Hats, thank you.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son Zachary passed away at 16 weeks and Calvin's Hats sent me the most beautiful hat for him. It means the world to me to know that my sweet little baby boy had a piece of clothing that would fit him. I feel so blessed by Calvin's hats.

Jennifer116

Client Served

Rating: 5

Though I have not recieved my hat yet, Annie did set up my sons birthday page. The graphic she made for Andy with the mommy, daddy, and baby monkey is touching to my soul. That is exactly how our little Andy would have been. I willl forever be grateful to have my own little place to go to leave messages for my little Andy. I cannot wait to recieve my hat!

Ashlee H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I lost my son at 19 weeks. It was such a difficult time for my family and I. We didn't know where to turn. I longed for something that would help us always remember how precious and tiny our little Dalton was. When I heard about Calvin's Hats I was so excited to finally have something that would truly show how tiny he was. We will always cherish our baby blue hat. Calvin's Hats has also recently set up a birthday page for our precious angel. I am so thankful for the service that they are doing. I am hoping that they will continue to bring comfort to all of the families that are currently and will continue to face this difficult time in life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I lost my daughter Emma at 17 weeks. It was and still is devestating to me. I stumbled across Calvin's Hats through a support group. I emailed for a hat instantly. It has brought me nothing but comfort.

I look at the little pink hat that was made for her and it makes me smile. I love my little hat and feel more than blessed to have recieved it.

Thank you for all who donate their time to make these. They are such a comfort.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What this organization stands for is the most precious gift. My daughter lost her baby at 5 months. The babies heart just stop beating. It is a devastating experience to go through. It is one of the most painful things to watch your daughter go through. Receiving the hats from a friend who is part of this organization was so meaningful and precious.

Thank you for all you do to help ease the pain just a little bit.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It's been a week since we said goodbye to our latest angel Cate Aubrey. She was so teeny tiny yet loved SO much! I was completely surprised when my hospital nurse came in with a variety of hats for us to choose from to bury our baby girl in. She was only 15 weeks. Her pink knitted bonnet was so sweet and adorable. We got plenty of pictures. We had no idea that something so small could make us feel so special about our baby girl who was already in Heaven. They also gave us a knitted sack to place her in since clothes her size weren't an option. There aren't really any words to express just what a lovely and comforting touch it was to have the hat for our daughter. When the nurse brought it in, I felt like even though my baby girl was gone, she was treated just as special as if she had been a live birth. My husband and I can't thank you enough for comforting us, and understanding our delicate situation. The hat really made us feel like we weren't alone and that there were people out there who cared about our baby as much as we do. Thank you.