Hats for the Homeless

Supporting Utah’s homeless population one hat a time

Cora Romero, Staff Writer

Here at Herriman, there are a plethora of things to do. With sports ranging from girls tackle football to water polo, 50 plus clubs, and daily events happening year round there’s never a shortage of opportunities to get involved. In fact, it keeps many of our mustangs busy. We’re all familiar with the constant grind that high school is. School, extracurriculars, work, homework. Repeat. Finding time for anything more is a challenge for many. But for one outstanding group of Mustangs, they’ve risen to the challenge.

Every Monday and Wednesday during MAP they come together to better the community through a project called Hats for the Homeless. Designed to help support the growing need for donations at homeless shelters, especially during winter months, they dedicate 60 minutes a week making hats for the homeless. Just last month, they were proud to donate 117 hats each with heartfelt cards for Valentine’s Day.

According to the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, in 2018 Utah had a total homeless population of 2,876 and nearly 16,000 homeless students. Offering a helping hand to those dedicated to fighting for a decrease in our homeless population grows in importance daily.

Despite the busy schedule that high schoolers struggle with, these students have set aside time weekly to make a long-lasting difference in the community. The best part is that it’s open to anyone who wants to join and has been going since November with no intention of stopping until summer. If you are interested in becoming a part of this great group, contact Chandra Walker in the counseling center!