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Knitting Newborn Hats for a Cause

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The American Heart Association is asking those with a passion for knitting and crocheting to create hats for newborns.

To raise awareness of heart health, the organization is asking the community to contribute to the Little Hats, Big Hearts program. Through the program, volunteers can knit red hats that will be given to babies born in UHS and Lourdes Hospitals throughout February, which is American Heart Month. In addition, parents will receive heart health information.

According to the organization, heart disease is the number one American killer, and congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect in the country.

A lifestyle-based Facebook group, The Handmaiden Community, run by Windsor's Tonya Romain-Evans, learned about the hats. Members are making it their mission to help out.

“I wanted to get involved in the program because it touched my heart. And for people in the community to bond together to do something so simple, like give a gift of love in making a hat. Also, it raises awareness for congenital heart defects and what these families have to go through when they have a newborn,” said Romain-Evans.

Hats must be donated by January 25th. They can be dropped off at Lourdes on Riverside Drive in Binghamton or the UHS Stay Healthy Center at the Oakdale Mall. For more information, visit www.heart.org/LittleHatsBigHearts.