Warrensburg woman knits caps for infants for Heart Month

Date: January 9, 2018 | Category: News

A Warrensburg woman has knitted more than 200 tiny caps for infants at Children’s Mercy Hospital to help commemorate the American Heart Association’s Heart Month.
Sharell Middleton, a participant at the Care Connection Warrensburg Senior Center, crafted 210 tiny hats as part of the American Heart Association’s “Little Hats, Big Hearts” campaign.
The Heart Association, in connection with the Children’s Heart Foundation, will celebrate American Heart Month donating the knitted and crocheted red hats for babies born in February at participating hospitals.
“Little Hats, Big Hearts” honors babies, moms, and heart-healthy lives. Middleton and other volunteers knit and crochet red hats to be given out to thousands of babies during American Heart Month to empower moms to live heart healthy lives and to help their children do the same.
The idea 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.
The campaign has become a way for Care Connection seniors to give back to the community.
Middleton said she knits the hats because she wanted a volunteer activity to keep her busy and “there’s a lot of heart disease in my family.”
Since it started in 2014, the campaign has distributed more than 100,000 hats to families of newborns at hospitals in more than 40 U.S. states.
Care Connection for Aging Services and Middleton have participated in the campaign for at least three years. While Middleton did not meet her goal to knit a hat a day – for 365 total – she is not deterred. She already has started on her tally for next year, with the same goal of knitting at least one every single day.
If you would like to donate yarn or join Middleton’s effort, you may drop off yarn at the Warrensburg Senior Center, 445 E. Gay or call Melissa Gower 747-2624 for more information.
Care Connection for Aging Services serves 13 counties in West Central Missouri in 23 locations. Its mission is to provide resources and services that empower people to create healthy aging experiences. For more information, call 1-800-748-7826.