R.E.D. Scarf & Hat Challenge

(Remember Everyone Deployed)

On Fridays at Operation Gratitude and across the nation, grateful Americans wear RED to Remember Everyone Deployed. Our RED scarf challenge was so successful last year that we are again inviting you to use your incredible talents to help us say “Thank You” to all who serve. We need you, our devoted knitters and crocheters, to help us Remember Everyone Deployed during Military Appreciation Month in May.

To honor the men and women in uniform who sacrifice so much for us, we challenge you to make as many RED scarves and hats as you can over a 16-day period from May 27th to June 12th. We will include them in thousands of Care Packages sent to deployed Service Members.  


  1. Register for the Red Scarf and Hat Challenge.
  2. Read Official Rules.
  3. Make as many scarves & hats as you can between May 27-June 12, 2020. Use these guidelines for making hats & scarves.
  4. Complete a Donation Form and send it with all completed items to Operation Gratitude.
  5. Premade, purchased hats and scarves are not eligible for the challenge.


Prizes will be awarded to the 10 entrants who create and submit the most handmade hats and scarves during the competition period. Prizes include, but are not limited to (see official rules for details):

    1. Operation Gratitude t-shirt
    2. Your picture will be placed on our Volunteer “Wall of Fame” at our facility in Chatsworth, CA
    3. Entrant’s photo, name, and number of submitted hats & scarves featured on Operation Gratitude’s Social Media platforms


When does the challenge start and end?
May 27, 2020 – June 12, 2020

Can I earn community service hours for this competition? 
Yes, you can earn three hours of community service for every hat or scarf you make. 

Do you have Official Rules? 
Yes, read them here.

Is there a pattern for scarves & hats?
Follow these guidelines for patterns to make hats & scarves in the sizes we need to include in our care packages.

What color yarn should I use? 
For this challenge, please use red yarn.  If you do not have access to red yarn due to COVID-19 restrictions, any color will be accepted.

What is your shipping address?
Operation Gratitude
Attn: Red Scarf & Hat Challenge
9409 Owensmouth Ave
Chatsworth, CA 91311

Social Distancing & Shipping

During this time of social distancing, you don't need to leave your home to mail your handmade items! Please use this guide to order boxes, print postage, and have your box picked up by the post office.