Annual 'Hatsgiving' campaign off to a good start

October 21, 2017 04:41 PM

When the leaves start changing color and Halloween candy is in stores, Hatsgiving can't be far behind.

It's a project started by Latham teen Jeremy Wernick to help warm the heads of kids battling cancer. Wernick and some of his friends collected new winter hats before Friday night’s high school football playoff game at Shaker.

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Wernick came up with idea of Hatsgiving after shaving his head for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, something he's been doing for seven years now. He realized how cold a bald head can be and thought about the kids getting chemotherapy.

“My mother always made hats for me every time I shaved my head,” Wernick said. “My description for it was, ‘A million little moms hugging my head.’ I decided to spread that to all the kids undergoing chemotherapy.”

This is year five for Hatsgiving, and 74 hats were collected Friday. Last year, more than 2,700 hats were collected.

You can donate new winter hats until the middle of November at any Recovery Sports Grill or Sunmark Credit Union Branch.

For more information on Hatsgiving, click here.

Wernick is the son of NewsChannel 13 executive producer Jeff Wernick.


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