The month of February is American Heart Month and we are doing a really cool program with Labor, Delivery, Recovery and Postpartum (LDRP). As part of American Heart Month, newborns from around the country are getting red hats to wear. Volunteers from the American Heart Association are celebrating American Heart Month (February) by knitting and crocheting red hats for all babies born in February at participating hospitals, to include Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. The "Little Hats, Big Hearts" campaign, which started in 2014, aims to educate new parents about the importance of heart health. The program has now expanded to 29 states and is raising awareness of heart disease, the number one killer of Americans, and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country. The American Heart Association says 40,000 babies are born with a heart defect each year in the United States.
The week of February 7 - 14, 2016 is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week, and we encourage you to follow the hashtag #LittleHatsBigHeartsKS.
If you would like to learn more about how to donate time by knitting or crocheting hats for the "Little Hats Big Hearts" campaign, please contact Shannin Rettig at firstname.lastname@example.org or 620.665.2001 for more information.