Hospital employees knit, crochet for a good cause


by WHAS11

Posted on January 18, 2013 at 11:19 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- It looks like Santa's workshop at Baptist Hospital East Hospital. Employees there are knitting and crocheting 200 red caps for newborns born in February for a good cause.

"This year we thought it would be really different to ask everyone to pitch in and help us knit red hats for all the newborn babies in the nursery," Beth Polston, Director of Cardiovascular Services at Baptist Hospital East, said.

The red caps will go on every newborn, roughly 250, the month of February at Baptist Hospital East. It is to celebrate Heart Month and kick off National Wear Red Day.

"Some are knitting, some are crocheting. We are making female caps, male caps. Some are getting really creative and adding flowers," Polston said.

All the supplies were donated and employees, including nurses, are finding time on breaks to knit and some are even taking them home.

The hospital had such an outpouring of support from employees that wanted to donate their time to knit and crochet that they even have someone on staff to teach them.

The big reason behind this effort is to  raise awareness for heart disease, which is the number one killer of women.

This is the first year for knitting baby caps and they plan to do it again.

Baptist Hospital East is one of the many companies in Kentuckiana who are demonstrating support for women's heart health by participating in National Wear Red Day February 1, which is a day the Heart Association encourages people to wear red to raise heart awareness for women.

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