In support of the American Heart Association’s Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign to raise awareness of congenital heart defects, handmade knit or crocheted red hats are given to newborns at hospitals across the country in February. The volunteers who knit hats for Goshen Hospital’s newborns year-round support the campaign by donating 100 red hats for the babies born this month.
So far, the volunteers have made 81 hats for babies born at Goshen Health’s Circle of Caring Birthplace. The group of women who knit (or crochet) has been meeting for approximately 12 years at the community building of Greencroft Retirement Community, Goshen, on Mondays from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
The volunteers like the hats they make to be given to babies born in their community. In addition to hats, they have made scarves for the Ukraine and The Window. They also make prayer shawls for people in their churches, baby blankets and gifts for their grandchildren. Each woman chooses what to make and whether to donate her work.
The Little Hats, Big Hearts program helps raise awareness about congenital heart defects by providing newborns with a red hat and information on heart disease to the parents. Norma Coronado-Ortiz, corporate director at American Heart Association, visited the volunteers to thank them.
“We appreciate all your efforts and these beautiful red hats. A portion of funds raised by American Heart Association supports research to treat babies with heart defects. The South Bend, Elkhart and Goshen areas collectively have given $6 million to help fund research at Indiana University School of Medicine,” Coronado-Ortiz said.
Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. In Indiana, congenital heart defects are the leading birth defect in newborns.
Front row L to R: Gretta Peterson, Carolyn Lichti, Nancy Yoder and Marilyn Wallace. Back row: L to R: Norma Coronado-Ortiz (Corporate Director, American Heart Association), Linda Corwin, Freeda Huser, Helen Detwiler, Laverne Nafziger, Lila Fox and Karla Beasley (Director of Volunteers, Goshen Health).