Each baby born in February will receive a handmade red knit hat thanks to the American Heart Association – Nebraska. It’s all part of “Little Hats, Big Hearts,” an effort to raise awareness of heart disease and congenital heart defects.
“This project promotes awareness of heart disease and congenital heart defects, as well as serving as an opportunity to empower moms to live a heart healthy life and help their children to do the same,” said Jennifer Redmond, Executive Director of the American Heart Association. “The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world.”
An estimated one in every 100 babies is born with a heart defect. Congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect in the U.S. The American Heart Association hopes the sweet little hats will help bring attention to a very serious problem.
“It is an all-around warm and fuzzy project,” said Redmond. “For knitters and crocheters, they are able to turn an activity they love into helping babies that have heart disease.”
The adorable little hats were knitted or crocheted by American Heart Association volunteers. With an average of 400 births per months, hundreds of new babies at Methodist will receive a red hat during the chilly month of February.*
Kallen Ring was the first newborn at Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital to receive a red hat from the American Heart Association.
“We are honored to be a part of this year’s Little Hats Big Hearts program and echo the importance of raising awareness for heart health and congenital heart defects,” said Alexa Lewis, Service Leader for Mother Baby at Methodist Women’s Hospital. “As the regional leader in births, we look forward to distributing the hats to our families and thank the many volunteers who donated their time and knitting skills!”
This is the 4th year for the Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign, which extends across 40 states. In Nebraska, the American Heart Association collected more than 2,400 hats to distribute to 27 hospitals.
*Babies should not wear hats indoors. Wearing a hat while sleeping can cause a baby to overheat and increase the risk of SIDS.
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|Katina Granger is a blogger and PR/Social Media Specialist for Methodist Health System.
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