The "Little Hats, Big Hearts" campaign aims to raise awareness about American Heart Month and congenital heart defects.

Meghan Overdeep
November 15, 2017
American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is calling on the nation’s knitters to pick up their needles for a good cause. They’re asking volunteers to knit or crochet red hats for babies born in February as part of their "Little Hats, Big Hearts" campaign, which aims to raise awareness about American Heart Month and congenital heart defects. Throughout the month of February, thousands of newborns will be given red hats to empower moms to live heart healthy lives and to help their children do the same.

Victoria Lewellen, a Little Hats, Big Hearts knitter from the Kansas City area knows how important early detection can be when it comes to heart defects. “I did not learn I had a heart murmur until I was 10 years old and was then diagnosed with a bicuspid aortic valve. My family and I never really understood why yearly monitoring was important and that there were serious risk factors in having this type of heart condition,” she said in a statement. “It is important for me to participate with Little Hats, Big Hearts to spread the word about congenital heart defects because knowledge is power. I hope people will seek to understand their congenital heart defects and risk factors for heart disease.”

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If you or someone you know likes to knit, please visit Heart.org for more details, hat patterns and information about where to send donations in your area.