Red Hats for Infants in Pella Regional’s Family Birthing Center
PELLA, Iowa – Pella Regional Health Center’s newborns are receiving red hats from the Auxiliary during Heart Month in February to raise awareness of heart disease. The initiative, called Little Hats, Big Hearts is done in collaboration with the American Heart Association and The Children’s Heart Foundation.
All babies born in Pella Regional’s Family Birthing Center get a hat and cocoon before leaving the hospital that has been knitted or crocheted by volunteers. During the month of February, the hats will be red to raise awareness.
Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans, and congenital heart defects, is a condition that affects 1 in every 110 babies born in the US. Little Hats, Big hearts began in 2014 and has grown to include 660 hospitals in 40 states handing out more than 100,000 hats.
The volunteers make hats and cocoons throughout the month and also get together the third Friday of every month from 9 am – Noon to create their gifts for Pella Regional families. All are welcome and all that’s needed is needles and yarn. Coffee and treats are provided.