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Volunteers needed to make red hats for babies

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LAFAYETTE, La. -

The American Heart Association, The Children's Heart Foundation and LHC Group, today launched the first year of Acadiana'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 2018 will receive a hat. 
 
The American Heart Association is asking for volunteers to knit or crochet red baby hats to distribute to participating hospitals. Participation is easy, go to www.heart.org/littlehatsbighearts to find knitting patterns, participating AHA offices and more. The AHA is also accepting donations to support the program, including yarn, for those who would like to contribute but don't knit or crochet.  
 
"Little Hats, Big Hearts helps focus attention on congenital heart defects - a condition that affects about 40,000 babies born in the U.S. each year," said Keith Myers, LHC Group's chairman and CEO. "We're proud to be part of this program, as it brings the community together to rally around families affected by CHD. We would also like to thank all the incredible volunteers who share their time and talent to make this program possible." 

Hospitals in Acadiana that are receiving hats are Iberia Medical Center, Lafayette General & Opelousas General.  
 
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 more information contact Tiffany Estes, Regional Director for AHA, at (225) 666-4297.

Mail hats to:

Little Hats, Big Hearts
139-B James Comeaux Rd., #596
Lafayette, LA 70508
tiffany.estes@heart.org

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