|No. 45 made 100 hats for Little Hats, Big Hearts™.|
|No. 141's Eleanor Sedlacek with knitted baby hats.|
February was American Heart Month. This year, the American Heart Association asked volunteers from around the country to celebrate by knitting and crocheting red hats for babies born at participating hospitals. They called the campaign Little Hats, Big Hearts™ to empower mothers and children to live heart-healthy lives.
The American Heart Association reached out in a variety of ways, including flyers asking for help with the project. They provided sample patterns and information on their website. At the end of the campaign, the American Heart Association had received more than 200,000 hats! Although they are no longer accepting knitted hats, they accept monetary donations, encourage people to participate in a local Heart Walk, and will launch another volunteer campaign in the fall. To get involved, contact your local American Heart Association office or visit www.heart.org.
Two of Western's lodges got involved in the call for volunteers to knit. No. 141 of Cadott, WI members JoAnn Parks and Eleanor Sedlacek decided to take up the project.These two ladies worked on the patterns on their own time and then pooled their creative results for a donation. This was Eleanor's first year doing a project like this. She commented, "I would like to do a project like this in the future." She had some ideas for other charities that may do something similar. "I think if you just help one person, that you do something good," Sedlacek added.
Omaha, NE, No. 45 member Carol Shafer also heard about the need for knitters from the American Heart Association. Carol then got her grandchildren (who are also members) and others involved in the project. From October to January, the grade school to high school aged kids helped by learning to use a loom, and then crafting a total of 100 hats while they spent time with Carol. The hats were then donated.
Call 877-935-2467 to speak with a Western Fraternal Life Representative.