Calling all knitters & crocheters!!!

The American Heart Association, in connection with The Children’s Heart Foundation, is asking knitting and crocheting enthusiasts to help celebrate American Heart Month by knitting and crocheting red hats for babies born in February at participating hospitals.2017-image-aha-chf

American Heart Month aims to raise awareness of heart disease, the number one killer of American men and women, and Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) Awareness Week, February 7 – 14 focuses on congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country.

The Little Hats, Big Hearts™ program honors babies, moms, and heart healthy lives in a very special way. Supporters knit and crochet red hats to be given out to thousands of babies during American Heart Month in order to empower moms to live heart healthy lives and to help their children do the same.

If you knit or crochet and would like to participate in the Little Hats, Big Hearts project, please visit www.heart.org/littlehatsbighearts online. The AHA is accepting both baby hats and donations of yarn in the Hudson Valley Region!

“Together, we are working to raise awareness, provide resources and inspire moms to take their family’s heart health to heart while also raising awareness about Congenital Heart Defects,” said Lisa Neff, AHA Community Health Director.

Congenital heart defects are structural problems with the heart present at birth. They result when a mishap occurs during heart development soon after conception and often before the mother is aware that she is pregnant. Defects range in severity from simple problems, such as “holes” between chambers of the heart, to very severe malformations, such as complete absence of one or more chambers or valves.

The American Heart Association is committed to raising awareness for CHD, and helping children live stronger lives through education, research and public policies. In fact, the organization’s funding for pediatric cardiac research is second only to the federal government.

Sample patterns for baby hats can be found on the website. Hats in are needed in both newborn and preemie sizes. Yarn should be red, cotton or acrylic, medium to heavy-weight, and machine washable and dryable, and should have no bows or buttons.

Hats and donations of yarn must be received by December 1, 2016.  Please mail them to:
Patricia Bennett, American Heart Association
ATTN: Little Hats
301 Manchester Road,  Suite 105
Poughkeepsie, NY  12603

Call Patti at 845-867-5368 or email Patricia.Bennett@heart.org for more information.

For parents and families of children with CHD, please visit our online Support Network at http://supportnetwork.heart.org.

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