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Volunteers needed to knit, crochet red hats for newborns

Volunteers needed to knit, crochet red hats for newborns

The program calls on volunteers to begin crocheting or knitting red hats for babies that are due this February, which is designated as American Heart Month.

Here in the Bay Area, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital is participating in the program.

The American Heart Association and The Children's Heart Foundation recently launched the third year of Connecticut's Little Hats, Big Hearts. For any questions about Little Hats, Big Hearts in CT, please contact Lisa Neff, Lisa.Neff@heart.org or 203-295-2954.

Anyone who knits or crochets and would like to participate in Little Hats, Big Hearts is encouraged to visit this website for information on deadlines and where to send your hats.

We also recommend simple hat patterns.

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The organisers also ask that volunteers don't add bows and buttons as they can come off the hats and be unsafe for the babies.

The yarn should also be medium to heavy weight and machine washable and dryer friendly.

Hospital workers can get involved in the project too, they just need to contact their local office.

The program, which started in Chicago three years ago, generated around 300 hats. The program has now expanded to more than 40 states.