"Supporters are knitting and crocheting red hats to be given out to thousands of babies during American Heart Month in order to empower moms to live heart-healthy lives and to help their children do the same", the website reads. The hats are distributed to babies with and without heart defects.
"The work of the American Heart Association is vital to the health of babies and children", said Leigh Pechillo of Southington in a statement. "If it wasn't for the research and protocols put into place, my son may not have survived".
The American Heart Association is looking for volunteers to knit and crochet red hats for infants born during the month of February.
The American Heart Association website has information on who to contact in participating states. For any questions about Little Hats, Big Hearts in CT, please contact Lisa Neff, Lisa.Neff@heart.org or 203-295-2954.
The yarn should also be medium to heavy weight and machine washable and dryer friendly.
Yarn donations also are accepted.
The program, which started in Chicago three years ago, generated around 300 hats.
If you're good with a needle and yarn, a call has been made for your services to help raise awareness about congenital heart defects.
Now, however, the campaign has expanded to more than 40 states.