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Babies will raise awareness about heart disease

Posted at 2:53 PM, Jan 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-27 21:07:48-05
The American Heart Association is taking part in a February campaign called "Little Hats, Big Hearts." 26 hospitals in the state are participating. The hope is to give a red hat to every baby born at these hospitals during the month. 
 
They are asking people to knit the little hats. You can find patterns and more information on the American Heart Association's web site. If you can't knit, no problem. They are also accepting red yarn. 
 
They have collected 2,000 hats but will accept more hats and yarn. If they don't use them this year they'll put them toward next year. 
 
In Omaha, you can drop off donations 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the American Heart Association office at 9900 Nicholas Street, Suite 200. Or you can mail them to that address. 
 
We recently talked with the Pieters family. They have twin 3-year-old sons Corbin and Callum. Callum was born with a congenital heart defect and needed surgery 18 hours after birth. 
 
Callum's mom, Renee, says she's incredibly thankful for organizations like the American Heart Association. She said, " If he had been born 30 years ago, he wouldn't have made it. He's a miracle, and we're just so thankful."
 
Callum's father echoed that gratitude. "When we look at Callum he's just a normal little boy out running around and doing everything that Corbin and the other kids are doing."