In 2008, Hats for Homeless Teens was launched by a mother whose own daughter had received help from a local homeless shelter. When she passed away, she decided to begin making hats for other troubled teenagers in her memory. Five years later, Hats for Homeless Teens continues to make hats for the kids at Larkin Street Homeless Youth in San Francisco, California. They have created hundreds of hats (and scarves and mittens, too), which have lifted the spirits of the kids at this center immensely. Hats for Homeless Teens is still going strong, and they still need all the help they can get! How You Can Help If you live in California, and this is a cause that touches your heart, this group would greatly appreciate your hats, scarves, mittens, or any other kinds of accessories you think a teenager would enjoy. Hats for Homeless Teens is a Ravelry group, so if you want to join, you’ll need to be a Ravelry member first. Then you can join the Hats for Homeless Teens group. You can then read past posts about challenges, donations per year, and even thank-you notes received from Larkin. You can read about Larkin Street Homeless Youth and its programs on the Larkin Street Homeless Youth website. Homeless teenagers are often desperate kids who feel lost, alone, and unloved. The teenagers at Larkin look forward to receiving hats every year, undoubtedly at least partly because it offers tangible proof that they are cared for. Knitting for Hats for Homeless Teens is a wonderful way to show support and love to a group of kids who genuinely need both.