Almost 40,000 babies are born with a heart defect every year in the United States, according to the AHA.
The American Heart Association is seeking volunteers who can knit and crochet special hats for newborns in hospitals across the country.
"The work of the American Heart Association is vital to the health of babies and children", said Leigh Pechillo of Southington in a statement. "If it wasn't for the research and protocols put into place, my son may not have survived".
The organization is looking for volunteers from Texas and other states to craft soft, red infant-sized hats to give to babies born at participating hospitals in February.
- Baby-sized or preemie-sized red hats that are knitted or crocheted from cotton or acrylic medium- to heavyweight yarn.
The project, called Little Hats, Big Hearts, has been created to honour and celebrate babies, mothers and living heart-healthily. The project has grown to include 660 hospitals in 40 states handing out more than 100,000 hats. Donations of yarn are also accepted.
The Little Hats, Big Hearts project began in February 2014 in Chicago and collected 300 hats.
During American Heart Month, the "Little Hats, Big Hearts" program aims to encourage parents to live heart-healthy lives and to raise awareness about congenital heart defects.