Chicago Little Hats, Big Hearts

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Volunteers for the American Heart Association are celebrating American Heart Month by knitting red hats for all babies born in February at participating hospitals.  We’re raising awareness of heart disease, the number one killer of Americans, and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country.

We need your help!

If you knit or crochet and would like to participate in the Little Hats, Big HeartsTM project, please let us know. We gratefully accept both baby hats and donations of yarn.

Sample patterns for baby hats can be found here:

We work with both the hospital’s Mother-Baby unit and Neonatal Intensive Care unit, so we need hats in both newborn and preemie sizes

Yarn specifics:
--cotton or acrylic
--medium to heavy weight
--machine washable and dryable

We also recommend simple hat patterns. While we love bows and buttons, they can come off the hats and be dangerous for the little ones.


Hats must be received by Thursday, January 15, 2015. Please mail them to:

Anne Schullo
American Heart Association
208 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 1500
Chicago, IL 60604

Yarn donations can be sent to the same address.

If you have any questions, please contact Anne Schullo at (312) 476-6614 or

Participating hospitals and organizations for 2015:

Advocate BroMenn Medical Center/Eureka
Advocate Christ Medical Center
Advocate Condell Medical Center
Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital
Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
Advocate Sherman Hospital
Advocate South Suburban Hospital
Advocate Trinity Hospital
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago at Cadence Health
Edward Hospital
Elmhurst Hospital
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Rush University Medical Center
University of Chicago Medicine