About 100 newborns at Porter Regional Hospital will receive beautiful hand-made reds hats this month thanks to talented knitters and crochet artists in our community, and the American Heart Association (AHA) Little Hats Big Hearts program. Throughout the year, the AHA invites community yarn artists to make the soft creations for babies across the region to raise awareness for congenital heart defects during February, National Heart Month.
Representatives from the AHA, along with Porter Health Care System CEO Stephen Lunn and Chief Nursing Officer Terrie Fontenot, presented the basket of hats to staff, babies, and parents at Porter Regional Hospital on Feb. 10.
“It warms my heart to know that our babies will go home with these thoughtful gifts that were made by members of our community who care enough to share their talents in this way. Each tiny hat is different in its own way. We want to thank everyone involved, and all of our staff members look forward to seeing our babies go home with these special gifts,” Fontenot said.
The day of the hat delivery, parents Matt and Jeri Brewer were both celebrating and recovering from the birth of their twins Ellis and Emmett just one day earlier. Matt Brewer received two hats from the program, and took the opportunity to put them on his little ones who were under care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
“I haven’t even held her yet,” Matt Brewer said as he smiled and dressed baby Ellis in her hat.
For more information about how to get involved with the American Heart Association Little Hats Big Hearts program, visit heart.org or email LittleHatsBigHearts@heart.org. For more information about the Women & Children’s Pavilion – including labor and delivery, NICU, and other services – at Porter Regional Hospital, visit www.porterhealth.com.