When three close friends from Spokane, Washington started crocheting unique headwear for snow sports in high school and college, the idea for a revolutionary non-profit company was born. Kohl Crecelius, Stewart Ramsey, and Travis Hartanov were dubbed the “krochet kids” by their local newspaper when they started taking custom orders and selling their crocheted beanies. Encouraged by family and friends to teach people in developing countries how to crochet as a means of breaking the cycle of poverty, they set out to change the world.
When Bob Dalton realized that his hard-working, single mother had become homeless in 2013, he felt compelled to help. He started calling around to local homeless shelters to determine what they needed, and they all said blankets. Dalton started Sackcloth + Ashes with the vision to change this, by donating a blanket to a homeless shelter for each one that is purchased. These blankets are sold worldwide, and Sackcloth + Ashes has provided over 4,500 blankets to homeless shelters to date.