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500 Hats Project provides hats to keep Baltimore schoolchildren warm

500 Hats Project provides hats to keep Baltimore schoolchildren warm

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“It's wonderful to be able to keep someone warm in the winter time with something that you've made,” said Melissa Salzman, the Lovelyarn Shop owner.

Every year Melissa Salzman, provides hand-knit hats to keep kids in Baltimore warm.

"I've been knitting, now, for 19 years," Salzman said.

She started the 500 Hats Project 10 years ago and estimates they’ve donated over 10,000 hats over the decade.

“I love it, it's so rewarding," Salzman said.

This year has provided a different challenge due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“People are afraid, you know, they're staying inside so it's a little different," Salzman said.

They met their goal thanks to donations and volunteer crocheters and knitters from around the country.

Melissa is now paying it forward to another organization.

“We want to be able to collect even more hats so we can give them to the Enoch Pratt Free Libraries Organization called Operation Warm. It's an event that they run in the winter time where they collect coats and hats and scarfs and mittens. I have been doing so much crocheting this year," Salzman said.