Volunteers needed to knit, crochet special hats for newborns

Little Hats Big Hearts - American Heart Association

The red hats will be given to thousands of babies to encourage parents to live healthy lives for themselves and their children.

The American Heart Association and The Children's Heart Foundation co-fund the Congenital Heart Defect Research Awards. All babies born at participating hospitals during the month of February will receive a hat.

- If you've got knitting or crocheting skills, the American Heart Association wants your help to keep newborns warm.

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The American Heart Association is looking for volunteers to knit and crochet red hats for infants born during the month of February. For Connecticut, hats may be dropped off of mailed by December 15 to American Heart Association, ATTN: Little Hats, Big Hearts, 5 Brookside Drive, Wallingford, CT 06492. We are thrilled to have so many volunteers interested in Little Hats, Big Hearts! Organizers also ask that the yarn be machine washable and dryable.

The program, which started in Chicago three years ago, generated around 300 hats.

The project helps spread awareness about congenital heart defects - which affect about 40,000 babies born in the country each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - and heart disease.