"Thank you" to hat makers and donators to St. Elizabeth Foundation
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A mother and daughter team put out the call for help and got plenty of it thanks to Local 12 viewers.
Little Hats Big Hearts says "Thank You" to all the people who made hats. People may remember meeting little Emmy Jo, one of the first babies to get a little red hat in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Tonya Wright, a nurse at St. Elizabeth, said, "We give them to all the babies born in the month of February."
Wright and Sarah Webster launched the Little Hats Red Hearts program as one of the first in the state of Kentucky. They had everything they needed except enough hats! The team put out the call for those hats because they were part of a campaign to raise awareness for heart disease during National Heart Month by the American Heart Association. And boy did people respond! There were more than enough hats to cover every baby's head.
Connie Wohlwender, a NICU nurse, said, "We were expecting 350 and we ended up with over 500, some coming as far as Michigan and Florida."
The team was overjoyed that every bundle of joy can now enjoy a hat.
Many people were involved in making the hats for other area hospitals that have the program as well. It's now in seven hospitals.
If people are interested in making the hats or finding out about the program, the American Heart Association has patterns and information for area hospitals. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.