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American Heart Association Kicks Off “Little Hats, Big Hearts” Project in KC

Knitters needed to make red baby hats
for Kansas City area babies born in February, 2016

“Little Hats, Big Hearts” Project in KCThe American Heart Association is kicking off a new campaign called Little Hats, Big Hearts, by collecting knitted or crocheted red baby hats. The Little Hats, Big Hearts program raises awareness of heart disease, the No. 1 killer of Americans, and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country. The hats will be distributed to babies born in hospitals throughout the Kansas City metro area during February, American Heart Month.

Donate Red Hats by January 15, 2016
Hats will be collected from now through January 15, 2016 and volunteers are encouraged to visit www.heart.org/LittleHatsBigHearts for hat patterns and more information about the initiative. 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 accepted.

Local hospitals participating in Little Hats, Big Hearts include Liberty Hospital, Olathe Medical Center, Saint Luke’s Health System, Shawnee Medical Center, St. Francis Health, and Stormont-Vail HealthCare. Donations have been pouring in, but currently, the American Heart Association is in need of 500+ hats to fulfill the need in Kansas City.

This is the first year of the Little Hats, Big Hearts program in Kansas City, but the program provides hats to newborn babies in 35 states across the country. All local donations must be received at the American Heart Association’s office in
Kansas City (6800 W 93rd Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66212) by Jan. 15. Hats can be mailed or delivered in person during business hours. For questions about Little Hats, Big Hearts, please email Natalie.Cronkhite@heart.org
or call 913-652-1913.

American Heart Month is an annual celebration in February that began in 1963 to encourage Americans to join the battle against heart disease. A presidential proclamation pays tribute each year to researchers, physicians, public health professionals and volunteers for their tireless efforts in preventing, treating and researching heart disease.

About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We 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. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. To contact the local Kansas City office, please call 913-652-1913.

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