Little Hats, Big Hearts Makes a Splash!

Four Ladies Pose with Little Red Knitted Hats

Little Hats, Big Hearts at First Health

Little Hats, Big Hearts made a splash this February with babies in 52 hospitals across the state going red. The American Heart Association and the Children’s Heart Foundation teamed up this year to spread the message of congenital heart defects (CHD), the most common type of birth defect in the country. Early detection and support is critical for families facing the realities of CHD.

Providing hope and encouragement to new parents, talented volunteers from high school to retirement hand-crafted beautiful red hats, each one as unique as the babies that will wear them.  Together, we are raising awareness of heart disease and congenital heart defects by celebrating our littlest survivors.

Police Department Staff Pose with Hospital Staff Holding Boxes of Little Red Knitted Hats

Drop Off at Duke University Hospital with the Durham Police Department

2018 was a record breaking year in North Carolina!  More than 1,200 knitters, church groups, knitting groups, companies, retirement/senior centers, and school groups donated over 14,000 hats in North Carolina.  The generous support of North Carolinians allowed us to provide hats to hospitals for the entire month of February this year!

In Charlotte, Vannoy Construction sponsored the Little Hats, Big Hearts program.  Vannoy also had staff who knitted and crocheted 195 hats for their local hospitals. Thank you Vannoy Construction!

Group of Women pose in front of American Heart Association Logo with Knitted Little Red Hats

Chatham County Council on Aging and the Twin Rivers Independent Senior Living Community Drop Off Little Red Hats

In the Triangle, the Durham Police Department participated in Little Hats, Big Hearts as their holiday giving project.  The District 2B squad collected yarn to knit and donate 120 hats to Duke University Hospital and to Duke Regional Hospital.

See some additional coverage of the Little Hats, Big Hearts program from across the state here and here.

For more information about Little Hats, Big Hearts contact Kacie Kennedy at


2018 Participating North Carolina Hospitals

Alamance Regional Medical Center

Ashe Memorial Hospital

Caldwell UNC Hospital

Cape Fear Valley Health System

CarolinaEast Medical Center

CaroMont Regional Medical Center

Catawba Valley Medical Center

Columbus Regional Healthcare

Cone Health Women’s Center

Duke Regional Hospital

Duke University Hospital

FirstHealth Moore Regional

Frye Regional Medical Center

Halifax Regional Hospital

Harris Regional Hospital

Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital

Iredell Memorial Hospital

Lake Norman Regional Medical Center

Maria Parham Health

Martin General Hospital

Mission Hospital

McDowell Hospital

Murphy Medical Center

New Hanover Regional Medical Center

Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center

Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center

Novant Health Huntersville

Novant Health Matthews

Novant Health Presbyterian Hospital

Novant Health Rowan

Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center

Onslow Memorial Hospital

Pardee UNC Health Care

Randolph Health

Rutherford Regional

Scotland Health Care System

The Outer Banks Hospital

UNC Lenoir Healthcare

UNC Medical Center

UNC Nash Health Care


Vidant Beaufort Hospital

Vidant Chowan Hospital

Vidant Duplin Hospital

Vidant Edgecombe Hospital

Vidant Medical Center

Wake Forest Baptist Health – Wilkes Medical Center

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

WakeMed Health & Hospitals – Cary

WakeMed Health & Hospitals – Raleigh Campus

Wayne UNC Healthcare

Wilson Medical Center

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