The American Heart Association (AHA) is delighted to launch the inaugural year of Charleston’s Little Hats, Big Hearts. The program that dons newborns with knitted red caps 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. All babies born at participating hospitals during the month of February will receive a hat.
Over the last few months, the AHA asked for volunteers to knit or crochet red baby hats to distribute to participating hospitals. That call was met with hats pouring in from across the country by knitters who wanted to help. This year, Wells Fargo is joining forces with the AHA and will be distributing more than 300 hats to local hospitals, including AHA's Life is Why sponsor MUSC Health.
Dita Brown and Kate Marty Caperton of Wells Fargo are both chairing the luncheon and are delivering the hats along with the Charleston Go Red For Women Executive Leadership Team during CHD Awareness Week, which is February 7-14.
“We hope the Little Hats Big Hearts Campaign will raise awareness about congenital heart defects– a condition that affects about 40,000 babies born in the U.S. each year. We’re proud of this initiative as it brings together the community to rally around those families affected by CHD,” says Caperton.
“We are also very honored to help the AHA make a difference right here in Charleston, whether it’s funding lifesaving research, creating education programs, teaching CPR or changing laws. Did you know that every newborn in South Carolina is screened for CHD? That wouldn’t have been possible without the AHA and its incredible volunteers,” says Brown.
To learn more, head to www.Heart.org/littlehatsbighearts. 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.
For additional details on the Little Hats Big Hearts program, please contact, Jennifer Waites at the American Heart Association at 843-480-4907 or Jennifer.Waites@heart.org.
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