Those of you who have been supporters/followers of Charley's Heart for awhile are probably well aware that February is American Heart Month. While many of your thoughts might jump to all things lovey-dovey-Valentine, Heart Month is actually a nation-wide initiative directed at raising awareness and educating the general public about heart disease, the #1 killer of Americans and the most common birth defect in the country. While we may still be months away from Heart Month, I came across a post from the American Heart Association recently that made my own heart start pumping with excitement! You all know by now that I love a good idea, and what I'm going to tell you about today may be one of my favorites.....I mean, aside from Books for Charley, Project RedButt, our back-to-school donation...you get the point! :) And of course, whenever I have (or come across someone else's) bright idea, I usually end up asking all of YOU for a little bit of help.
Remember, congenital heart defects are the most common birth defect. For every 100 newborn hats that the AHA distributes, chances are that 1 of them will end up on the head of a child born with some type of a cardiac defect. 1 in 100.
So here's the catch - I have absolutely no clue how to knit or crochet. None. But that doesn't mean that I don't want to help! I'm on the hunt for people with the skill set required to make these precious little hats. Maybe thats you? Maybe a neighbor? Maybe someone in your social circle or church community? I would LOVE to be able to help the AHA spread red thru nurseries across the country and I need help from all of you!
Click HERE for a list of all of the regional hospitals participating in this year's Little Hats, Big Hearts initiative and for more information about the project. You'll also find links on this page directing you to patterns for both full-term and premie sized hats.
Shoot me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping and I can get you more information. Hats can either be shipped directly to the AHA office in Lincoln OR you can send them to me. I'm also willing to pick up donations from anyone local if you want to coordinate something. I'm hoping (fingers crossed) to gather a lot of hats and make an in-person delivery at the end of the year. If I receive enough hats, I'm hoping to adorn them all with a custom woven label with the Charley's Heart logo on it.
Thanks again for always being so supportive of me and my crazy ideas. Our Charley's Heart family is nothing short of amazing.