American Heart Association needs people to make hats for babies

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Almost 40,000 babies are born with a heart defect every year in the United States, according to the AHA.

Completed hats must be mailed to American Heart Association, 190 Knox Abbott Drive, Cayce SC 29033.

The program also helps raise awareness about congenital heart defects. "If it wasn't for the research and protocols put into place, my son may not have survived".

The "Little Hats, Big Hearts" campaign is a partnership with the Children's Heart Foundation to celebrate American Heart Month.

Volunteers are needed to knit or crochet little red hats.

Volunteers are asked to use only cotton or acrylic yarns of medium to heavy weight. The AHA is also accepting donations http://www.heart.org/littlehatsbighearts to support the program, including yarn, for those who would like to contribute but don't knit or crochet.

"Little Hats, Big Hearts" started in 2014 in Chicago and quickly expanded nation-wide.

The American Heart Association is calling on knitting and crocheting enthusiasts across CT to donate red knit or crocheted infant-sized hats to support the third-annual Little Hats, Big Hearts program.

If you want to take part, head to the website to find out more information on deadlines and where to send your hats.

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