Newborns sporting red hats for a cause
The American Heart Association Joins Forces with the McLaren Bay
Region Family BirthPlace for Michigan’s 4th year of Little Hats, Big Hearts Efforts
Bay City, Mi. The American Heart Association
and The Children’s Heart Foundation recently launched the fourth year of
Michigan’s Little Hats, Big Hearts program. This program provides newborns with
knitted red caps to raise 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 McLaren Bay Region Family BirthPlace proudly participates in
this initiative each year, and all babies born at McLaren Bay Region in
February will receive a red hat.
The American Heart Association has asked for volunteers to knit
or crochet red baby hats to distribute to participating hospitals. In turn,
little knit and crocheted hats have arrived from all over Michigan and from
other states as people donate their time and talents to the program.
“Little Hats, Big Hearts brings attention to congenital heart
defects – a condition that affects about 40,000 babies born in the U.S. each
year,” says Betsy Peterson, Founder of The Children’s Heart Foundation. “We’re
proud to be part of this program as it brings together the community to rally
around those families affected by CHD. We also would like to thank all the
incredible volunteers that share their time and talent to make this program
Little Hats, Big hearts began in Chicago in 2014. The project
has grown to include 660 hospitals in 40 states handing out more than 100,000
hats. In addition to using red hats to raise awareness of heart disease and
congenital heart defects, Little Hat, Big Hearts also drives awareness for the
American Heart Association’s Support Network, an
online forum for families affected by heart disease and stroke.