American Heart Association asks for red hats to be knit for thousands of babies

The American Heart Association has started a campaign called Little Hats, Big Hearts, to celebrate American Heart Month by knitting and crocheting red hats for babies that will be born in February. These red hats will be worn by thousands of newborns after they are born to encourage moms to live heart-healthy lives.

The American Heart Association asks that the hats be made with red, cotton or acrylic, medium to heavy weight, machine washable and dryable yarn. They also have patterns available on their website. While buttons and bows on the hats are adorable, they ask that they not be placed on the hats as they could be a choking hazard to the newborns.

Those who wish to participate are asked to send their hats to Kristen VanWart at the Seattle office located at 710 2nd Avenue, Suite 900, Seattle, WA 98104 or email her at Kristen.VanWart@heart.org. The American Heart Association is also accepting donations of yarn for the newborns.

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