Chat and Make a HatNina Jackson noticed something was in short supply at our Coats for Kids Distribution – winter hats, especially for girls. So, this year the Women’s Auxiliary, of which Nina is a member, is funding a project called ‘Chat and Make a Hat.’ You do just that: enjoy some friendly conversation with other like-minded women and make hats to give away at Coats for Kids in October.

The stretchable fleece used for the hats comes in many different colors and prints, and the pattern and construction are both very simple. A rectangle with some fringe will get two seams and become a stocking-style cap that will make this winter a little warmer for a child in need.

Nina says the project is currently focused on making hats for girls, since another group donates hats that are largely for boys. “I thought, ‘we could make some really cute hats for girls,'” says Nina. “We’ve met together three times so far this summer, and we hope to have 500 hats in time for Coats for Kids.”

The group’s volunteers have cut fabric, sewn seams, and finished the tops of about 300 unique, soft fleece caps so far. We appreciate these women for using their talents, time and creativity to help children in need this winter. And, we can’t wait to see the faces of the kids this fall when they get these really cool hats.

The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary of Indianapolis is committed to serving the Army’s mission of doing the most good everyday. If you’d like more information about the Auxiliary or would like to join, please contact Cindy Smith via e-mail.

Also, don’t miss the Golf 4 Giving Open on August 25th at Plum Creek Golf Club — it’s open to both men and women, organized by the Women’s Auxiliary, and benefits The Salvation Army of Central Indiana. Find out more and register online at