Knit hats needed to raise awareness for congenital heart defects

The American Heart Association is asking knitting and crocheting enthusiasts to help celebrate February’s Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) Awareness Month by knitting red hats for all babies born at participating hospitals in February — American Heart Month. The AHA is hoping to raise awareness of heart disease, the number one killer of Americans, and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country.

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.

If you knit or crochet and would like to participate in the Little Hats, Big HeartsTM project, visit http://bit.ly/HVLittleRedHats online. The AHA is accepting both baby hats and donations of yarn.

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 Jan. 15, 2016. Please mail them to: Lisa Neff, American Heart Association, 501 Merritt 7, PH, Norwalk, CT 06851.

For more information, contact [email protected] or 203-295-2954.

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country.

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