Little Hats Big Hearts

Do you have a big heart and a knack for knitting or crocheting? Memorial Health System would love for you to volunteer to knit or crochet tiny red hats for babies born in the month of February.

The little red hats are part of the American Heart Association Little Hats, Big HeartsTM campaign to raise awareness of congenital heart defects and heart disease. The hats will be laundered, packaged and delivered to participating hospitals throughout Illinois, including our three hospitals that deliver babies:

  • Memorial Medical Center in Springfield
  • Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville 
  • Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln

Each hospital will deliver little red hats to each baby born in the month of February. Memorial Health System is honored to support this effort and receive little hats. Together with the AHA, we are working to encourage parents to embrace heart health.

How You Can Help

Last year, volunteers across the country handmade more than 90,000 hats for Little Hats, Big Hearts. This year, you can share your talent by knitting or crocheting a hat between now and Jan. 18, 2019.

Simple hat patterns work best. While bows and buttons are adorable, they can come off and be dangerous for little ones.

Visit for information on yarn specifications, hat patterns and more. You can drop off your knitted hats at any Illinois National Bank (INB) location prior to Jan. 18, 2018. INB is this year's project sponsor. 

What's Next

Keep an eye out and get your “awws” ready for heart-warming photos of Memorial babies in red hats in February! Follow us on