American Heart Association searching for people to knit hats for babies

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The organization needs helpers for its "Little Hats, Big Hearts" campaign, which provides homemade red hats to infants born at participating hospitals in February, also known as American Heart Month. Data from studies show the rate of children born with a minor heart problem is increasing, and about one in four infants born with a heart defect is born with a critical one. They hope it will honor babies, moms and heart healthy lives in a special way.

Many babies born in February will receive red caps as part of the "Little Hats, Big Hearts" project, which draws attention to heart disease.

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There are sample patterns on the website too. While we love bows and buttons, they can come off the hats and be risky for the little ones.

Hospital workers can get involved in the project too, they just need to contact their local office. In addition to using red hats to raise awareness of heart disease and congenital heart defects, Little Hat, Big Hearts also drives awareness for the American Heart Association's Support Network http://www.supportnetwork.heart.org, an online forum for families affected by heart disease and stroke.

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Since then, the cause has since expanded to more than 40 states and thousands of hats.

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