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AHSA’s Lauren Reiter gives back through Little Hats, Big Hearts

by Lauren Reiter

For the second year in a row, I participated in Little Hats, Big Hearts. This project is through the American Heart Association. Each year, I crochet red infant hats. This tiny pop of red helps raise awareness about congenital heart defects. All children born in the month of February at participating hospitals receive a red hat. In 2017 I sent my hats to Illinois, and for 2018 I sent my hats to Michigan!

I learned how to crochet when I was a Girl Scout in 2005. In 2016, I picked up my crochet needle and started to make some hats and scarfs for my family. Last year, I was going to make some more presents for friends and family, but I came across this wonderful organization “Little Hats, Big Hearts”. I’m so happy I was able to put my crocheting skills to great use. I plan to participate for many more years!

Little Hats, Big Hearts started in Chicago in 2014. From just 300 little hats in the first year, the program has now embraced hundreds of thousands of babies, across more than 40 states.

Want to get involved?

Contact your local American Heart Association Little Hats, Big Hearts™ representative for important dates, deadlines and information about the Little Hats, Big Hearts™ project in your area.

Author: Lauren Reiter

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