Little Hats, Big Hearts: Volunteers needed to knit tiny hats for newborns

(American Heart Association)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- The American Heart Association is hoping you can help knit and crochet for newborns.

It's part of their Little Hats, Big Heart initiative that helped place 1,250 hats in 25 hospitals across Virginia.

"We hope this year we will be able to place even more hats on more babies in more hospitals across the state this year!" said Rebekah McDonald with the American Heart Association's Virginia chapter.

Red hats will be given out to thousands of babies during American Heart Month to help empower mothers to live heart-healthy lives to help their children to the same, according to the American Heart Association.

They are working to raise awareness, provide resources, and inspire moms to take their family’s heart health to heart while also raising awareness about Congenital Heart Defects.

The American Heart Association wants donated hats to be made with red cotton or acrylic yarns of medium to heavy weight; the yard also need to be machine washable and dryable.

They also accept donated yarn.

All hats are being asked to be sent to Rebekah McDonald, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060 for washing, packaging, and distribution.

You can see sample patterns for hats on their website.

If you work for a hospital that would like to participate in this project, please contact your local office to learn more.

Below is the list of hospitals in our area that participated in 2017:

  • Centra Lynchburg General Hospital
  • Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital
  • Danville Regional Medical Center
  • LewisGale Hospital Montgomery
  • LewisGale Medical Center
  • Memorial Hospital of Martinsville
  • Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital
  • Sentara RMH Medical Center

To see what other hospitals are participating, you can choose a state and see the list here.

For more information, please email them at:

"To some new parents, the hats are simply a cute accessory, but to others, they are a source of hope. In February 2015, Jiale Cao learned that her son, Sylvan, had pulmonary stenosis when he was only two days old. He was transported alone, from St. Mary's Hospital in Richmond to UVA Medical Center an hour away in Charlottesville," McDonald wrote. "Before he left St. Mary's, Sylvan was given a red hat knitted by an American Heart Association volunteer, and for the first time, Jiale felt hopeful for her son's future. Since then, she taught herself how to knit so that she could pass on that feeling to other new parents struggling to come to terms with their baby's diagnosis."

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