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Knit and crocheted hats go to American Heart Association's Little Hats, Big Hearts program

INDEPENDENT PHOTO: JULIA COMNES - The American Heart Association collected handmade hats from Cascade Park for a heart awareness campaign. Pictured (from left) are Liz McLeron of the American Heart Association, Cascade Park residents Lucile Chapelle and Verian Henderson, and Kathleen Knupp, recreational director of Cascade Park.
Cascade Park residents and staff knit and crocheted 170 red baby hats as part of the American Heart Association's Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign. The hats were donated to the Oregon and Southwest Washington chapter of the organization, which will distribute the hats to hospitals next month.

The hats will be given to babies born during February, which is American Heart Month, to "inspire moms to take their family's heart health to heart while also raising awareness about congenital heart defects," reads the American Heart Association website.

Lucile Chapelle, 102, and Verian Henderson, 96, made many of the hats and have been working on them since November, though other residents and staff members of the retirement community chipped in as well.

The hats were collected by the organization on Jan. 9.

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