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Little Hats, Big Hearts Distributes Hats To Newborns

February 23, 2018 GMT

Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign, led by the American Heart Association and sponsored locally by Cross Valley Federal Credit Union, presented hats to thousands of newborns across Northeast Pennsylvania and the Central Susequehanna Valley in February in observance of American Heart Month, to raise awareness of the importance of the early diagnosis of congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the United States. Red baby caps were collected from local volunteers who hand-knitted or crocheted the caps, based on some patterns and guidelines provided by the American Heart Association. More than 1,400 hats were collected this year, up from 230 last year. Participating local hospitals include Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre; Geisinger Wyoming Valley, Wilkes-Barre, and Commonwealth Health Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, Wilkes-Barre. This is the third year for the Little Hats, Big Hearts program in Northeast Pennsylvania. The program started in February 2014 in Chicago, collecting 300 hats in the first year. The program has now expanded to local projects in 46 states. For information about the Little Hats, Big Hearts program, visit www.heart.org/littlehatsbighearts. Commonwealth Medical College – First year medical students at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine donated and packaged baby hats for the Little Hats, Big Hearts project, sponsored locally by Cross Valley Federal Credit Union. From left, are Michael Belko, Elizabeth Stackhouse, Jessica Stewart, and Kevin Simpson. Wilkes-Barre General – Amy Skiba of the American Heart Association (front, fourth from left) and Jill McGlynn of Cross Valley Federal Credit Union (front, fifth from left) present red baby hats to Commonwealth Health Wilkes-Barre General Hospital as part of the Little Hats, Big Hearts project, sponsored locally by Cross Valley Federal Credit Union. First row, from left, are Maria Mazzarella, Sandy Rochon, Holly Chihany, General Hospital; Amy Skiba, American Heart Association; Jill McGlynn, Cheryl Tigue, Cross Valley Federal Credit Union; Elaine Weale and Helen Stanovich, General Hospital. Second row: Annie Shonis, Lynn Dougherty, Doreen Kolojejchick, Bobbi Price, Tara Jackson and Peggy Hanlon, all of General Hospital.