Childhood cancer is a daunting and life-changing diagnosis for families, and two college friends aimed to help raise funds for the cause via an innovative path: selling cozy hats. Love Your Melon began just over three years ago with the mission to put a cap on the head of every child fighting cancer in the country through a buy one, donate one program — and they have made an impressive impact. Now over 45,000 hats have been donated to children battling cancer. But Love Your Melon’s mission is not the only cool thing about these sturdy yet soft hats

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The basic beanies and cuffed beanies come in a variety of colors (we’re partial to the mint and Batman), including some striped versions, and they’re made in the USA in St.Paul, Minnesota. The baseball caps are made in Colorado, and all of the toppers were designed to be soft and safe for a child’s bald head. We might suggest buying some of the cozy beanies for the next few months when all of our heads could use the extra warmth, then transitioning in the spring and summer to the caps or visors, some which feature the Love Your Melon logo in varied styles. The machine washable hats are delivered to hospitals by college ambassadors dressed as superheroes, making the experience all the more fun and magical for families.

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Now that Love Your Melon has delivered the number of hats equivalent to the number of children currently in treatment for cancer, the business has a new mission: they will now donate 50% of proceeds from their hats to two childhood cancer research initiatives, the Pinky Swear Foundation and CureSearch. And Love Your Melon is still committed to providing hats for the 15,000 additional children who will be given cancer diagnoses each year. If you’ve already loved your melon, consider buying a thick ribbed scarf or a t-shirt. Every purchase will help find a cure for childhood cancer.

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