Babies born at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in February received a special gift from the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA). Red handmade hats were given to newborns in recognition of Heart Month and to empower parents to live heart healthy lives and to help their children do the same.
The AHA/ASA collected the red hats, which were knitted and crocheted by local volunteers and crafters and provided them to the hospitals through the Little Hats, Big Hearts program. The hats serve as a reminder that heart disease is the number one killer of Americans. Congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect in the country.
This marks the third year of the Little Hats, Big Hearts program in the Southern Tier.