Chicago residents help raise awareness for heart defects

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CHICAGO (AP) - Residents of Chicago and the suburbs will be knitting and crocheting more than 20,000 tiny red hats for the Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign. The project provides more than 100,000 newborn babies in 43 states with handmade hats to raise awareness about congenital heart defects.

The Daily Herald reports the effort began in Chicago to celebrate American Heart Month in February. The campaign was created by the American Heart Association and the Children's Heart Foundation in 2014.

Organizers say that the hats will be distributed in February with information on heart disease. Nurses usually put the hats on babies after their first bath.

Spokeswoman Julia Kersey says the association is still recruiting hospitals to participate and collecting hats, but that it's "shaping up to be another great year."

Information from: Daily Herald,

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