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Hats for newborns part of heart campaign

Hats for newborns part of heart campaign
Babies born at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital this month will take home a handmade red knit cap as part of the American Heart Assn.'s Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign to raise awareness of congenital heart defects. (Courtesy of USC Verdugo Hills Hospital)

Throughout the month of February, all babies born at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital will take home free handmade, red knit hats as part of the American Heart Assn.'s "Little Hats, Big Hearts" campaign.

As part of a collaborative program with the Children's Heart Foundation, and sponsored locally by Union Bank, the effort aims to raise awareness of heart disease and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect.

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More than 1,600 babies in Los Angeles will receive the caps, knit by volunteers in celebration of Heart Month in February. Follow the campaign on social media at #LittleHatsLA or visit heart.org/littlehatsbighearts to learn more.

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Sara Cardine, sara.cardine@latimes.com

Twitter: @SaraCardine

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