Thursday, June 12, 2014

Project Cubbins: Hat 382 - Love Your Melon Edition

Day 382 / Hat 382: Navy blue cotton cap with snapback brim and brown leather patch on front that reads: "Love Your Melon." Interior label reads: "Competition Headwear, made in U.S.A., ASI 46179." Additional detail includes adjustable leather size strap in back.

This landed at my desk a few days ago courtesy of our Mind & Body editor Mary MacVean who had received it from the folks over at the Love Your Melon patch in advance of that group's hat-donating tour of the West Coast.

I'm glad Mary dropped it by for the Project because I recently caught a segment on the local TV news (NBC 4 if I'm not mistaken) about the Love Your Melon Foundation's visit to a local Ronald McDonald House. If there's a charitable organization I can get behind it's one that helps children battling cancer. And if that organization happens to help through headgear? Well, count me in twice!

Here's a little description of the organization from its website:

The Love Your Melon Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to putting a hat on every child's head in America battling cancer.  Through its Buy One – Give One program, Love Your Melon goes into the hospital and provides comfy hats to give them something to wear during this difficult time. Our hats do more than keep them warm, they restore confidence. Love Your Melon’s gifts create smiles on the faces of children battling cancer and make them feel comfortable after losing their hair due to chemotherapy treatment. Additionally the crew comes in dressed from head to toe as superheroes to create an experience for the children in the hospital. For every product purchased, another of equal value is given to a child battling cancer.

If water started to leak from your eyes as you read the above, you're not alone. The shopping page for the Minnesota-based organization has a deep bench of $25 caps and $30 knit-in-Portland beanies as well as a couple of tote bags and even an iPhone case. For those hat-averse folks who still want to support the worthy cause, donations can also be made by clicking here

While Mary MacVean gets today's hat-tip, I doff my cap and applaud the efforts of the LYMF folks. Maybe some of the loyal followers of Project Cubbins will open their hearts and wallets and donate to your worthy cause.


Q: OK, nice hat -- but what exactly is Project Cubbins, anyway?

A: One man's homage to Dr. Seuss and his second book, "The 500 Hats of Bartholemew Cubbins," which celebrated the 75th anniversary of its publication in 2013, Project Cubbins is an attempt to document the wearing of a different hat or piece of headgear every day for 500 consecutive days. No do-aheads, no banking of hats, no retroactive entries. PC started on May 27, 2013 with Hat 1

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