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12-06-14 Co-Host 19yr. old Emily Kubin

Emily Kubin has been making a difference in the world, one hat at a time. Creating winter hats, scarves, afghans & gloves for the homeless & working poor. In December 2011, Emily, who was just 17, realized she could help the homeless & working poor in her community of Morristown, NJ, by knitting winter hats for them. On December 27, 2011, Emily’s Hats For Hope Initiative (EHFHI) was born.

In total, Emily has made, collected and donated over 15,000 winter hats! This number does not include the hats donated by her spinoffs nor the hundreds of scarves, afghans, etc that she has donated. Members of Emily’s Facebook group have created approximately 40 independent spinoffs of Emily’s Hats For Hope Initiative in the US, Canada, Denmark, and Australia. Emily’s long-term goal is to have a spinoff in every state & in every country. Hundreds of people from Emily’s Facebook page have sent hats, scarves, afghans, & yarn to us as donations.

Emily has received letters of recognition from NJ Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco, NJ Governor Chris Christie, and Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen. She was interviewed by Roseanne Colletti at NBC Studios in NYC on the Evening Nightly News With Chuck Scarborough in July 2012 and has been interviewed by The Daily Record, The Morris Newsbee, Morristown Patch, Parsippany Patch, and The Star Ledger (NJ newspapers). On March 8, 2013 Emily was interviewed on Ebru Today, an international TV news show. Emily was awarded the 2013 Phenomenal Woman Award, the 2013 Caring Student of the Year Award, the 2013 Points of Light Award, and was a 2013 Huggable Heroes Semi-Finalist. She was also chosen for the 2013 Governor’s Jefferson Award.

Through her dedication to helping others, Emily was accepted into the Civic Scholars Program at Drew University and is currently a sophomore there on full academic scholarship. She is actively recruiting other students from Drew to make winter hats for the homeless and for those in need. She is creating a program on campus where she has students bring home hats to their hometowns during their vacation and then donate them to their local food pantries and soup kitchens.

Please join Emily as she continues to make a difference in the world.

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Our Practitioner Sarah Gardner

Yoga Reaches Out (YRO) is a 501(c)(3) public charity that makes a difference in the lives of children by raising funds for children’s organizations through yoga events.

YRO was founded by personal trainer and yogi Sarah Gardner of Wayland, Massachusetts. In the fall of 2010 YRO held its first Yogathon at Gillette Stadium’s Field House in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Close to 500 yogis practiced yoga in the New England Patriot’s training facility. Over $225,000 was raised for Boston Children’s Hospital and Yoga For Single Moms. Under one roof, men and women of all levels enjoyed a day of yoga, music, and fundraising. One of the guiding principles of Yoga Reaches Out is “seva,” the Sanskrit word for “selfless service.”

Since that first event, YRO has held annual Yogathons on both coasts as well as countless local events. To date, YRO has raised over one million and distributed those funds to numerous organizations focused on helping children and their families.

A Yogathon is a fundraising event that brings the yoga community together to aid organizations that help children and families. When YRO Founder Sarah Gardner realized that leading a fulfilling life must include a way to give back to her community, she knew yoga was the means to that important element of her life.  She had a simple vision: people coming together to practice yoga, create community and use that energy to raise funds for children and families in need.

If you have yet to participate in a Yogathon, We are sure you will be ready to register for the next Yogathon in your area! Contact us!

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