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Love to knit? American Heart Association seeks volunteers to make hats for babies

FILE - Colorful yarn sits on a shelf at Lofty Lou’s on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 in Placerville, Calif.
FILE - Colorful yarn sits on a shelf at Lofty Lou’s on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 in Placerville, Calif. Sacramento Bee File

American Heart Association and The Children’s Heart Foundation are looking for volunteers to aid their “Little Hats, Big Hearts” initiative by knitting or crocheting red hats for babies born in February.

The non-profit plans to collect donated hats and distribute them to newborns at select hospitals in recognition of American Heart Month, according to a page on its website.

The organization recommends simple hat patterns, including samples on its website, and specifies that donors should use red cotton or acrylic yarn that is of medium to heavy weight and is machine washable and dryable. The campaign will also accept donations of yarn.

“Together, we 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 heart.org website reads.

Little Hats, Big Hearts started in February 2014, according to the website, and collected 300 hats that year.

More information on how and where to donate can also be found on the site.

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