Keeping #HatNotHate Donations Safe: A Letter to Our Donors and Community During Coronavirus Outbreak

Dear #HatNotHate family,
Some of you have reached out to us with questions and concerns about mailing and distributing #HatNotHate hats amid the spread of the coronavirus. And we’re sure that many of you who have not reached out have similar questions and concerns.

Naturally, as the #HatNotHate campaign moves forward and we all power through this together, we want to be as transparent, informative and proactive as possible for the safety of our hat donors, hat recipients, and our entire community.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), COVID-19 is thought to be spread mainly from person-to-person, and while it may be possible for someone to get COVID-19 by touching a contaminated surface or object, this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Furthermore, based on current research from the federal government’s coronavirus task force, the virus is said to have a longer shelf life on hard surfaces like metal and tabletops, and a far more limited shelf life on porous objects such as fabric or cardboard.

Based on this information, we do not anticipate any donated hats to be at risk of carrying the virus during our hat distribution period between August and October. There is no existing evidence that the virus would be able to survive on a porous fabric like cloth or yarn for such an extended period of time.

That said, while we encourage all of our valued knitters, crocheters, and hat donors to keep creating and mailing their hats to help our endurance-focused mission, we urge that each of you use caution when mailing your hat packages—following the well-known guidelines of social distancing, hand-washing, and sanitation—and we will exercise that same caution when we reach the distribution period.

We hope you’ll keep knitting, crocheting, and moving forward with us during this difficult time, and we pledge to keep you updated with any new information as it arises.

Stay safe, stay well, and stay empowered!

Shira and the #HatNotHate team