American Heart Association seeks knitters to make red baby hats

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The American Heart Association is seeking volunteers to help knit or crochet red hats for babies born during the month of February.

The American Heart Association and The Children's Heart Foundation recently launched the third year of Connecticut's Little Hats, Big Hearts.

The project helps spread awareness about congenital heart defects - which affect about 40,000 babies born in the country each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - and heart disease.

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

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Many babies born in February will receive red caps as part of the "Little Hats, Big Hearts" project, which draws attention to heart disease.

Volunteers are asked to use only cotton or acrylic yarns of medium to heavy weight. For any questions about Little Hats, Big Hearts in CT, please contact Lisa Neff, Lisa.Neff@heart.org or 203-295-2954.

"The work of the American Heart Association is vital to the health of babies and children", said Leigh Pechillo of Southington in a statement. They also recommend simple hat patterns and caution against bows and buttons that can come off the hats, posing a danger for the little ones.

CHF also participates in AHA's Support Network and Little Hats, Big Hearts programs.

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