Head Huggers – Chemo Caps

Sue organized Head Huggers to collect and distribute soft hats and chemo caps to patients experiencing hair loss due to chemotherapy. Since the inception of her Charity in 2001 she has been able to distribute more than 6000 caps to those in need at oncology offices and chemotherapy sites, in more than 19 States.

Head Huggers - Charity Crochet

Head Huggers

She is still collecting and distributing hats and has also started Satellite Head Hugger Groups around the Country to help with the collection and distribution process. You can check for a local Head Hugger Group here: Satellite Head Hugger Groups List. Or, if you would like to start your own Satellite Head Hugger Group to help with the collection and distribution of these hats in your own local area, you can contact Sue here: Forming Satellite Head Hugger Groups.

To find out what type of hats Head Huggers accepts please read there Submission Guidelines. With each hat you submit you are asked to complete and attach the following information: Chemo Cap Submission Form.  Head Huggers has a great list of free patterns available for you to crochet, knit or sew to make Chemo Caps, or hats for those who are experiencing hair loss due to burn wounds, brain surgery or other reasons. Check out their links here: Head Huggers Links

For more information about Head Huggers, please visit their Website.


Hat Box Foundation – Crocheted Hats

The Hat Box Foundation was established in 2007 as a volunteer-based, non-profit organisation to donate free hand-made knit and crocheted hats to cancer patients and those in need.

Hat Box Foundation - Crocheted Hats - Charity Crochet

Hat Box Foundation – Crocheted Hats


Recipients: People with cancer or, others in need across the United States.

Donations:  Hand knit or hand crocheted hats.

They do not accept loomed hats.

Pattern and Resource Links

Please ensure the hats you make are sized to fit and reach the base of the ears and nape of the neck.

They always accept hats for men, women, boys and girls, but they are currently in need of more hats for women.

Hats for children should be at least 18″ in circumference; hats for teens and adults should be at least 22″ in circumference.

They request that loomed hats not be donated.

For links to patterns you can use for this purpose please visit their Helpful Links Page.

Finished hats can be sent to the address at the following link:

Hat Box Foundation

Once received, the hats will be packaged and distributed to individual recipients and hospitals.

Learn more about the Hat Box Foundation on their Website | Facebook | Twitter


Halos for Hope – Chemo Caps

Halos of Hope volunteers distribute crocheted, knitted, and sewn caps to over 450 cancer centers each month. By working with local yarn shops, crochet and knitting guilds, community groups, and the annual STITCHES events, Halos of Hope is able to extend their reach.

Halos for Hope - Charity Crochet - Chemo Caps

Halos for Hope

The best “chemo caps” are made with love using soft yarn with minimal seaming. Remember that patients will have very sensitive scalps. Chemotherapy has a strong impact on the immune system, so patients will often machine wash and dry anything worn in treatment to remove germs. For all of these reasons, extra care must be taken when choosing yarns. Softness is the most important factor, followed by ease of care.

Recipients: Cancer Treatment Centers across the 40 States

Donations of: Crocheted / Knitted hats

How to Donate

Please see a current listing of Free Chemo Cap Patterns for Halos for Hope HERE

To donate, you can send hats to the Halos of Hope office in Arizona, or use their Find a Center search to find a cancer treatment center in the U.S. that accepts donations.

Learn more about Halos For Hope on their Website.


Crochet For Cancer

Crochet for Cancer is a non-profit organization made up of volunteers who crochet and donate chemo caps to cancer centers.
Crochet For Cancer - Charity Crochet

Crochet For Cancer

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These chemo caps are distributed to patients who are undergoing chemotherapy and experiencing hair loss.
This organization has chapters in the United States, Canada, and  Australia.
They accept donations of handmade chemo caps for children and adults.
Please view their Donation Guidelines before beginning work on your projects.
Free Chemo Cap patterns are available on their site HERE and they also have a helpful hat size chart available HERE. Please make the items in soft fibers such as cotton, or soft acrylic yarns.
Some other donations ideas: sewn cloth turbans, crochet teddy bears, crochet prosthetic breasts, scarves, prayer shawls, lap blankets, gloves, socks, etc.
If you would like to donate something specific please contact the Chapter you plan on making the donation to make sure it is something they will be able to distribute.
Restrictions: No Wool.

For more information about Crochet for Cancer please visit their Website.