Adorable Babies Wear Red Caps to Raise Awareness About Heart Defects (PHOTOS)

American Red Cross

February is not just a month about chocolates, flowers, and candy, but also matters of the heart. The American Heart Association's Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign is raising awareness about heart disease and congenital heart defects, one knitted red cap at a time.

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According to the American Red Cross, congenital heart defects are the most common birth defect in the United States. Roughly 1 in 100 US babies is born with a heart defect, which can lead to health problems and even death.

Volunteers from across the country have lent their hands (and hearts) to knit these tiny hats for babies born in February, in hopes of bringing more attention to the cause. Thus far, it's estimated that over 90,000 handmade hats have been donated to participating hospitals in 33 states, which is pretty awesome.

Using the hashtag #LittleHatsBigHearts, both Twitter and Instagram continue to explode with images of sweet babies, their red caps, and the selfless efforts of those who contributed to the cause.

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These babies are so precious.

And how 'bout this little one?

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These volunteers are so amazing!

This is a beautiful gesture to shine light on an important cause. If you want to help out, you can find a program in your state that will gladly take your hats.

 

 

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