Hats 4 Hope began in 2008 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, when Suzy Luff, then just 14 years old, received a small hat loom as a gift. Inspired by baby pictures of her brother in a baby hat that looked small and thin, she decided to make something better.

Suzy’s first hat was too small for a newborn but just right for a preemie. So, she contacted her local neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to see if it could use her hats to help premature infants retain their body heat. The NICU was very happy to accept the donation, but never expected the hats to keep coming. But they did.

Soon after she started donating hats, Suzy created the nonprofit organization Hats 4 Hope, training volunteers by holding knitting parties. Her efforts, along with those of the hundreds of volunteers who make up Hats 4 Hope, have touched the lives of so many families of premature infants – not only by warming tiny heads, but also by lifting spirits at a difficult time.