aha little hats big heartsRobbinsville, NJ – Help the American Heart Association empower new moms to take their family’s health to heart. Join volunteers from across New Jersey to celebrate American Heart Month by kitting or crocheting red hats for babies born in February at participating hospitals.  The Little Hats, Big Hearts initiative gives new moms a free kit that includes a beautiful, handmade red hat, along with health information including tips on raising a healthy family, ways mom can take care of herself, a heart-healthy cookbook and information on children’s heart health.


In 2016, over 600 Little Hats, Big Hearts kits were provided to new moms in New Jersey as they began their parenthood journey.  This year, the American Heart Association’s goal is to send out over 2,000 Little Hats, Big Hearts kits to moms across the Garden State.  The kits will be delivered at many New Jersey hospitals during national Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week in February, which is also American Heart Month.

The Little Hats, Big Hearts initiative 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. If you are a knitter or crocheter, the American Heart Association is seeking donations of red baby 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. All donations are requested by December 31st and can be sent to the American Heart Association | American Stroke Association New Jersey office at 1 Union Street, Suite 301, Robbinsville, NJ 08691. For yarn specifics, hat patterns, or more information, please visit www.heart.org/LittleHatsBigHearts.