Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Volunteers from around the country are joining the American Heart Association, in connection with The Children’s Heart Foundation, to celebrate American Heart Month by knitting and crocheting red hats for babies born in February at participating hospitals. "Little Hats, Big Hearts" honors babies, moms, and heart healthy lives in a very special way. Supporters are knitting and crocheting red hats to be given out to thousands of babies during American Heart Month in order to empower moms to live heart healthy lives and to help their children do the same.
The goal is to raise awareness, provide resources and inspire moms to take their family’s heart health to heart while also raising awareness about Congenital Heart Defects.
A local family has partnered with some of the talented women at The Ridgewood to support the "Little Hats, Big Hearts" effort. Amanda and David McCloskey of Transfer, Pa., sadly lost their fourth child–a daughter–at 26 weeks. To honor their angel baby’s memory, they began The Olivia Reagan Project which supports local children of all ages.
McCloskey reached out to Virginia Smith, Life Enrichment Specialist at The Ridgewood, and gathered the ladies and their looms together to crochet “as many hats as possible” by the January 25 deadline. On average, some of the women crochet 2 to 3 hats per day.
All the hats collected by The Olivia Reagan Project will stay local—half of the donation will be delivered to UPMC Farrell and the other half to Sharon Regional. Babies who have to spend time in the NICU in February at either of these hospitals will receive a warm, soft, red hat crocheted by warm, soft loving hands.
A few other places in the Greenville community also collected hats to support the effort including the Greenville Area Public Library and April’s Place on Main Street.
The Olivia Reagan Project also sponsored a school supplies drive last summer to help local children get prepared to go back to school and in March will be holding a Book Drive.