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Friday, July 20, 2018
CONTRIBUTED PHOTOSLocal hospitals are among institutions participating in the Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign to raise awareness about congenital heart defects and heart health. ABOVE: From left to right: Jessica Hoffmann, American Heart Association volunteer; Monica Harris, RN, Easton Hospital; Sara Dickey, American Heart Association Heart Walk director; Lori Jones, Easton Hospital; Dawn CONTRIBUTED PHOTOSLocal hospitals are among institutions participating in the Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign to raise awareness about congenital heart defects and heart health. ABOVE: From left to right: Jessica Hoffmann, American Heart Association volunteer; Monica Harris, RN, Easton Hospital; Sara Dickey, American Heart Association Heart Walk director; Lori Jones, Easton Hospital; Dawn
At Lehigh Valley Health Network, Jessica Hoffman, American Heart Association volunteer; Kelly Brennan, American Heart Association; Andrea King, American Heart Association; Karla M. Bachl, director of volunteer services, LVHN and Dawn Fernandez, American Heart Association show the bags of donated hats for newborns during the month of February. At Lehigh Valley Health Network, Jessica Hoffman, American Heart Association volunteer; Kelly Brennan, American Heart Association; Andrea King, American Heart Association; Karla M. Bachl, director of volunteer services, LVHN and Dawn Fernandez, American Heart Association show the bags of donated hats for newborns during the month of February.
New mom Cassie Brown, of Dallas, holds her daughter Haley at St. Luke’s University Health Network. Haley is wearing one of the red caps made by local volunteers in observance of American Heart Month. New mom Cassie Brown, of Dallas, holds her daughter Haley at St. Luke’s University Health Network. Haley is wearing one of the red caps made by local volunteers in observance of American Heart Month.
From left to right: Mary Toole, of St. Luke’s; Kelly Brennan, of the American Heart Association; new mom Cassie Brown and baby Haley, of Dallas; Andrea King, of the American Heart Association and Dawn Fernandez, also of the American Heart Association celebrate American Heart Month. From left to right: Mary Toole, of St. Luke’s; Kelly Brennan, of the American Heart Association; new mom Cassie Brown and baby Haley, of Dallas; Andrea King, of the American Heart Association and Dawn Fernandez, also of the American Heart Association celebrate American Heart Month.

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Volunteers create over 1,500 red baby caps

The tiny heart of a newborn is no bigger than a strawberry, which is why early diagnosis of congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the United States, is so important.

This February, in celebration of American Heart Month, thousands of newborns across the Lehigh Valley will play a big role in raising awareness about congenital heart defects and heart health as part of the Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign. The campaign is led by the American Heart Association in cooperation with The Children’s Heart Foundation.

Red baby caps were collected from local volunteers who knitted or crocheted the caps, based on some patterns and guidelines provided by the American Heart Association. Volunteer participation in the program skyrocketed this year thanks to some national media stories. More than 1,500 hats were collected this year, up from just over 600 last year. As a result, the American Heart Association was able to recruit more hospitals across the region to participate in the program. Participating hospitals include: Easton Hospital, St. Luke’s University Health Network and Lehigh Valley Health Network.

This is the third year for the Little Hats, Big Hearts program in the Lehigh Valley. The program started in February 2014 in Chicago, collecting 300 hats in the first year. The program has now expanded to local projects in 46 states.

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 about the Little Hats, Big Hearts program, visit www.heart.org/littlehatsbighearts.