Little Hats, Big Hearts: February Babies Fight Heart Disease

baby in red hat NYPLawrence via Twitter

Newborns all around the country are getting into the Valentine’s Day spirit. Or, more accurately, the American Heart Month spirit. 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.

This February marks the third annual Little Hats, Big Hearts project, during which volunteers affiliated with participating hospitals knit red hats for babies born throughout the month.

Project coordinator Anne Schullo tells TODAY Parents that so far, hundreds of volunteers knitted or crocheted more than 90,000 caps for 460 hospitals in 33 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 says. “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 are sharing the love this American Heart Month.