Tuscany reaches out to refugees

A hat and a helping hand

Editorial Staff
October 1, 2015 - 11:00

With a chilly winter looming ahead, psychologist Marta Scarabottolo thought a hat could make a big difference. 


Working with refugees at a welcome centre in Montelupo Fiorentino, Dr. Scarabottolo launched Tanto di Cappello: Change Starts from the Head.


To get the word out, Scarabottolo partnered with Pressme, a digital communications agency specializing in public service projects, issuing a call to donate warm hats for the many migrants and refugees arriving in Italy with few possessions and no winter clothing.


Scarabottolo sees the utility of the hats but also their symbolic value: ‘It is a way of letting those in need know that we are here for them,’ she said. 


Donors are encouraged to write a short message of support and encouragement to include in their packages. Mail new, handmade or gently used hats (along with gloves and scarves) to Servizi toscani Multicons, via del Lavoro 45, Montelupo Fiorentino 50056 (FI). For further information, call 055/9752209 or follow @tanto_di_cappello on Instagram and Tanto di Cappello on Facebook.

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