American Heart Association collecting red baby hats for Little Hats, Big Hearts program

The American Heart Association is kicking off this year's "Little Hats, Big Hearts" campaign by collecting knitted or crocheted red baby hats.

The hats will be distributed to babies born in hospitals throughout the Chicago area during February, American Heart Month.

The Heart Association asks that all hats be shipped by Friday, Dec. 20, to allow time for packaging and distribution.

Volunteers are encouraged to visit for hat patterns and more information about the initiative.

The "Little Hats, Big Hearts" program raises awareness of heart disease, the number one killer of Americans, and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country.

The American Heart Association is looking for hats in both newborn and preemie sizes, made of yarn that is red, cotton or acrylic, medium to heavy weight, and machine washable and dryable.

Donations of yarn are also gratefully accepted.

This is the sixth year of "Little Hats, Big Hearts" program.

Last year, the American Heart Association collected hundreds of thousands of hats from knitters and crocheters in all 50 states and six countries.

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke - the two leading causes of death in the world.

They team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases.

The Dallas-based association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke.

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