You’ve heard of wearing your heart on your sleeve. Now, a group of knitters in town is putting their hearts into their hats to help comfort newborns affected by congenital heart defects and their families.
“We want parents to know they aren’t alone in this fight,” said Clare Scully, executive director of Middlebrook Farms at Trumbull, where a small group of dedicated knitters aims to produce 100 tiny hats for the American Heart Association’s Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign. “It’s a small gesture to show we’re thinking about them, and we hope that will give them strength.”
The hats will warm the heads of newborns at area hospitals. Twenty-seven hospitals in Connecticut participate in the campaign, including Bridgeport and Yale New Haven Hospitals.
Congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect in the country, according to the association. Every year thousands of babies are born with this life-threatening condition.
The Amercian Heart Association is committed to raising awareness for congenital heart defects and helping children live stronger lives through education, research and public policies. The organization’s funding for pediatric cardiac research is second only to that of the federal government.
Tom Grape, chairman and CEO of Benchmark Senior Living, Middlebrook Farms’ parent company, said heart-related conditions affect many residents in the company’s facilities.
“It’s important to us to support the good work of organizations like the American Heart Association,” Grape said. “Whether it’s our continued sponsorship of the annual Heart Ball or participating in campaigns like Little Hats, Big Hearts, we are delighted to support such an important cause affecting so many.”