82-year-old man knits hats for babies born with congenital heart disease


An 82-year-old man has been knitting his way into the hearts of more than 100 children.

Raymond Vansickle joined the Little Hats Big Hearts program at Mon General Hospital a few months ago.

Since then, Vansickle has knitted 102 little red hats that will be given to children born with congenital heart disease.

Vansickle, who survived open heart surgery at the hospital, said he loves giving back to the people who saved his life.

“I just wanted to do something for the hospital, it’s something for me and something for them. They did a good job for me so I’m trying to something good for them. I growed up a poor boy but I can do anything that there is to do,” Vansickle, volunteer.

Vansickle said he will continue knitting hats to help the American Heart Association’s effort in bringing awareness to heart disease.

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