Winter in New England

'Tis the season where we all wonder, "Why do I live where the air hurts my face?" It's easy to take for granted throwing on a jacket, gloves, and a hat to run errands or run to the car for the daily commute. For many, however, having those extra layers is a luxury.

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They may still hold onto a hat full of holes, or not have one at all. Thankfully a do-gooder in central Maine is doing what they can to help this great need


The Hallowell hat tree has returned for winter 2021. The tree, located on 2nd Street has two rows of string holding dozens of warm knit winter hats in gallon-sized plastic bags.

Labor of Love

Whoever has been working hard on these hats is anonymous but it's clear that it's a labor of love. Each hat features different colors and patterns so whoever is in need can still "shop" for a hat that fits their personality and style. Something that is often lost when in need.

The Hats4Hallowell project is beyond inspirational and all communities should have one. An open space where people can take what they need without any fear of judgment. Everyone should be warm this winter and it's small community efforts such as this that help make that happen.

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