To raise awareness about heart disease—the no. 1 cause of death among Americans and the leading cause of birth defects—the American Heart Association is busy knitting. And they need your help. The AHA is calling all knitters to get to work making red caps for babies born in February in honor of American Heart Month.
This year marks the fifth annual Little Hats, Big Hearts project, during which volunteers affiliated with participating hospitals knit red hats for babies born throughout the month.
In 2016, Ppoject coordinator Anne Schullo told TODAY Parents that hundreds of volunteers knitted or crocheted more than 90,000 caps for 460 hospitals in 33 states. This year, they're hoping to distribute hats to hospitals in over 40 states.
"One woman was waiting in a hospital for her heart transplant and making hats to help her pass the time. Another wrote us that her granddaughter was born with half a heart and now is a flourishing 16-year-old," Schullo said. "They (said) it is their way of giving back and saying thank you to the hospitals and researchers that have made medical advancements to save their loved ones' life."
You don't need to visit a hospital to get involved. If you're a knitter, click here to learn how to get involved in your state, or how to send hats to the nearest participating state.
In the meantime, meet the babies who shared the love in previous American Heart Months.