American Heart Association seeks knitters to make red baby hats

American Heart Association seeks knitters to make red baby hats

CHF also participates in AHA's Support Network and Little Hats, Big Hearts programs.

The American Heart Association and The Children's Heart Foundation co-fund the Congenital Heart Defect Research Awards.

- If you've got knitting or crocheting skills, the American Heart Association wants your help to keep newborns warm. "My son Robby was diagnosed with two congenital heart defects, an atrial septal defect and pulmonary valve stenosis, and required open heart surgery at the age of nine-and-a-half months old".

The program calls on volunteers to begin crocheting or knitting red hats for babies that are due this February, which is designated as American Heart Month.

Yarn donations also are accepted.

The program also helps raise awareness about congenital heart defects.

The American Heart Association website has information on who to contact in participating states.

The effort, called Little Hats, Big Hearts, started in February 2014 in Chicago, and collected 300 hats in its first year.

Organizers recommend cotton or acrylic yarn that is medium to heavy weight and machine washable / dryable. The project has grown to include 660 hospitals in 40 states handing out more than 100,000 hats.