Newborns to Sport Red Hats for a Cause During Heart Month in February

The American Heart Association and The Children’s Heart Foundation will launch the second year of “Little Hats, Big Hearts” in Los Angeles County.

Sponsored locally by Union Bank, the program that dons newborns with knitted red caps raises awareness of heart disease, the number one killer of Americans, and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country.

All babies born at participating hospitals during the month of February will receive a hat.

“We believe that health starts from the moment a baby takes its first breath. Through our ‘Little Hats, Big Hearts’ program, we are empowering moms to live heart-healthy lives and help their children do the same,” said UCLA Health cardiologist Ravi Dave, MD, immediate past president of the American Heart Association Los Angeles County Board of Directors.

The American Heart Association is asking for volunteers to knit or crochet red baby hats to distribute to participating hospitals. To participate, go to for information, including knitting patterns and participating cities, or contact Taylor Tomczyszyn at the AHA Los Angeles office at (213)-291-7092.

The association is also accepting donations to support the program, including yarn, for those who would like to contribute but do not knit or crochet.