More than 1,600 babies in Los Angeles will receive a little red hat in February as part of the American Heart Association’s new “Little Hats, Big Hearts” program aimed at promoting healthy babies and moms.
The program launches in L.A. this year and engages volunteers to knit or crochet red hats for babies born in February, in celebration of Heart Month.
As part of the collaborative program with the Children’s Heart Foundation, sponsored locally by Union Bank, babies born in February at participating hospitals will receive a red baby hat.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of Americans, and each year at least 40,000 babies are born with congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect. Little Hats, Big Hearts, which raises awareness of heart disease and congenital heart defects, began in Chicago in 2014 and has since grown to 40 states, with more than 400 hospitals participating.
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