American Heart Association is collecting handmade knitted or crocheted red hats for Little Hats, Big Hearts.

Robbinsville, NJ – Calling all knitters and crocheters! The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association is looking to empower new moms to take their family’s health to heart. Join volunteers from across New Jersey to celebrate American Heart Month by knitting 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, heart-healthy recipes and information on children’s heart health.

In 2017, over 2,200 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 2,500 Little Hats, Big Hearts kits to moms across the Garden State.  The kits will be delivered at many New Jersey hospitals during February, which is also American Heart Month.

“Our goal is to empower moms and babies with the information they need to live a heart healthy life from day one,” said Eileen Cardile, Chair of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association South, Central New Jersey Board and Senior Consultant at Numerof and Associates. “It is inspiring to see the Garden State celebrate American Heart Month as we come together to build a culture of health.”

Little Hats, Big Hearts 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 initiative provides support to families all over New Hersey to live a heart healthy life. If you are a knitter or crocheter, the American Heart Association is seeking donations of red baby hats in both newborn 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, Attn; Community Health at 1 Union Street, Suite 301, Robbinsville, NJ 08691. For yarn specifics, hat patterns, or more information, please visit www.heart.org/LittleHatsBigHearts.