Little Hats, Big Hearts

Join Us with Your Big Heart as We Make and Collect Little Hats

The local chapter of the American Heart Association is taking part in Little Hats, Big Hearts, a campaign to remind us that heart health is important from the day we’re born. INB is sponsoring the event, providing drop-off points throughout Sangamon County for completed, red newborn hats. Even if you don’t knit or crochet, you can help by making a donation of cash or yarn, allowing us to buy yarn for those who do knit and crochet. The hats will be distributed to local hospitals in February, heart health month.

We need your help


We need:

  • Volunteers to make hats
  • Donations to buy yarn

To Make Hats:

Find a simple hat pattern. While bows and buttons are darling, they can come off and be dangerous to the little ones. You’ll find patterns on the Heart Association’s website. Make the hats and drop off at INB by January 18.  We need time to have each hat washed to hospital specifications and packaged before delivery to the hospitals. 

If you’d like to be part of the team of volunteers making hats, please let us know so we can contact you as we receive donations for yarn.


Additional patterns:

Crocheted baby ribbed hat

Easy knitted newborn hat

Heart crocheted applique

Knitted double pom pom newborn hat

Size chart


Name: *
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Email address: *
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How many hats do you think you can make and donate between now and Jan. 18? *
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Will you donate the yarn for some or all of these hats? *
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If no, how many hats will you need yarn for? This can be an approximate number. *
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To Donate:

Bring your cash donation to any Illinois National Bank teller. You can even use our drive-up lanes! If you’d prefer to buy the yarn and donate the skeins, please buy:
  • Red yarn
  • Cotton or acrylic
  • Light to Medium weight
  • Machine washable and dryable
Bring completed hats to any INB Sangamon County location.