Providence newborns receive red hats during American Heart Month

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Crocheting for a Cause

It’s never too early to start thinking about heart health, and some of Central Texas’ newest residents are starting life with heart health top of mind.

Thanks to West resident Carolyn Mabile’s love of crochet, babies born at Providence during the month of February will go home with a hand-made red beanie hat.

Mabile learned a one-stitch crochet technique from her mother, but the rest was self-taught through YouTube tutorial videos.

“I enjoy crocheting items for babies,” Mabile said. “From bereavement sets for babies born too soon, to blankets, giraffes and dolls, I love doing something that is useful and has meaning.” 

Raising Awareness

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, claiming the lives of over 600,000 Americans annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Knowing your risk factors, sticking to a heart healthy diet, exercising and seeing your doctor regularly can help lower your chance of heart disease.

Mabile delivered 25 red hats to Providence and will continue to crochet throughout the month of February. She also plans to switch to purple yarn in April to raise awareness about March for Babies and the importance of going the extra mile for healthy moms and babies.