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Health Happenings—Childhelp’s ‘Wonderland 2017’ To Benefit Abused, Neglected Children

The American Heart Association and Children's Heart Foundation are seeking volunteers to knit or crochet red caps for newborns.

Posted: Monday, December 4, 2017 – 11:49 AM

Lunch, shopping, entertainment and raffle at Childhelp’s ‘Wonderland 2017’

Boutiques and a raffle will highlight The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of Childhelp’s “Wonderland 2017,” beginning at 10 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 10 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 S. Grand Ave., L.A.

The Holiday Luncheon with entertainment begins at 12:30 p.m.

Proceeds from the event support the organization’s mission of meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of abused and neglected children nationwide.

Tax deductible tickets are $110 per person.

To purchase and for more information, email or call 310-360-8889.

NAMI Class Supports Family, Friends Of The Mentally Ill

NAMI Westside L.A., the local organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer its NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program, from 6:15-9 p.m., Mondays, Jan. 22-April 16 2018 at the Alcott Center, 1433 S. Robertson Blvd, L.A (Culver City/Beverly Hills Adjacent).

The free 12-session class is designed to help family members, partners, friends and significant others of adults with mental illness understand their loved one while maintaining their own well-being.

The course includes information on such illnesses as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and other mental health conditions.

The sessions are led by trained teachers who are also family members themselves.

Attendees must pre-register for the classes. For more information, contact Lynn Conrad, 310-889-7200,

American Heart Association, Children’s Heart Foundation Launch Red Caps For Newborns Awareness Campaign

The American Heart Association and The Children’s Heart Foundation are seeking volunteers to knit or crochet red baby hats for the second Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign in L.A County.

“We believe that health starts from the moment a baby takes its first breath. Through our Little Hats, Big Hearts program, we are empowering moms to live heart-healthy lives and help their children do the same,” said UCLA Health cardiologist Ravi Dave, MD, immediate past president of the American Heart Association L.A. County board of directors.

The program’s goal is to provide babies born in February 2018 in participating L.A. County hosptials with knitted red caps to raise awareness of heart disease, the No. 1 killer of Americans, and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country.

Participating area hospitals include: Providence Little Company of Mary, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, Henry Mayo, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica; Los Angeles County + USC, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Methodist Hospital, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center. Antelope Valley Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center.

The association is also accepting donations, including yarn, for those who would like to contribute, but do not knit or crochet.

To participate, visit for information, including knitting patterns or contact Taylor Tomczyszyn at the AHA L.A. office at 213-291-7092.

More than 1,600 newborns in 10 L.A. County hospitals received little red hats during the program’s launch last February.

Congenital heart defects affect about 40,000 babies born in the U.S. each year, says William Foley, executive director of The Children’s Heart Foundation.


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