Last month, the American Heart Association’s #LittleHatsBigHearts program was trending on social media. All that buzz has led to a flurry of knitters and crocheters from across the affiliate looking to donate hats to help raise awareness of congenital heart disease and to empower moms to live heart healthy lives while encouraging their children to do the same.
Little Hats, Big Hearts provides little red hats to hospitals for babies born during February, American Heart Month, to raise awareness about congenital heart disease. The AHA is searching for volunteers to help knit, or crochet, red hats. AHA partners with The Children’s Heart Foundation for the program and they hope it will honor babies, moms, and heart healthy lives in a special way.
Yarn: We ask that they be made with red medium or heavy weight acrylic or cotton yarn so that they can be machine washed and dried.
Patterns: Use your favorite pattern, or there are a few patterns available on our website at www.heart.org/littlehatsbighearts.
Sizes: Since babies come in all sizes, we take hats in all sizes as well. Preemie and newborn are the most in-demand sizes, but smaller and larger hats are also needed.
Quantity: We’re grateful for as many hats as you want to create. We are constantly expanding to more hospitals and need many, many hats to meet our need.
Where to Send:
- Maryland: Faye Brooks (email@example.com), American Heart Association, 217 E. Redwood Street, Suite 1100, Baltimore, MD 21202
- District of Columbia/Greater Washington Region: Claude John (firstname.lastname@example.org), American Heart Association, 4301 North Fairfax, Arlington, VA 22203
- Virginia: Rebekah McDonald (email@example.com), American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060
- North Carolina: Kacie Kennedy (firstname.lastname@example.org), American Heart Association, 3131 RDU Center Drive, Suite 100, Morrisville, NC 27560
- South Carolina: Lizzie Smith (email@example.com), American Heart Association, 190 Knox Abbott Drive, Suite 301, Cayce, SC 29033
Why to AHA: We ask that all hats go through our offices so that they can be accounted for and so that we can make sure we meet the needs of all the hospitals that request hats throughout the state. Additionally, it is important that hats are sent to our office so that they can be properly washed, packaged, and be paired with educational materials for the new parents—including a letter for each family from the AHA that highlights resources for healthy living!
What Hospitals: We work very hard to keep the hats donated from one area of the state in hospitals in that area. Occasionally, if you are in an area where we have a lot of knitters, some of your hats may end up at a hospital that has less knitters in their area. Also, some hospitals are not currently participating in the program—if your local hospital isn’t participating we will work hard to get your hats into the next closest hospital. Hospitals are still signing on for 2018, but the current list of participating hospitals can be found at www.heart.org/littlehatsbighearts.
More Information: Still have questions? Feel free to reach out to your state contact, listed above, for further details.