Florence Chicos started knitting and crocheting when she was just a child. Her mother taught her and her siblings, even her brother. On Saturday, Chicos joined hundreds of other people around the state knitting and crocheting red hats that will be distributed to babies born in Connecticut hospitals in February.
The program that Chicos and nearly a dozen other women at Carriage Green in Milford, a Benchmark assisted living community, were participating in Saturday is called Little Hats, Big Hearts, which celebrates American Heart Month and helps raise awareness for congenital heart defects. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), which organized the program in connection with the Children’s Heart Foundation, congenital heart defects are “the most common type of birth defect in the country.”