Heart Heroes

If you see your trash guys wearing matching red hats this week, don't worry. They haven't all simultaneously lost their sense of style.

Papillion Sanitation is gearing up to support Heart Heroes during Congenital Heart Defects Week, which is Feb. 8-13. Congenital heart defects are the most common types of birth defects, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CHDs affect nearly 1 percent – or about 40,000 – of births per year in the United States.

In honor of CHD week, all Papillion sanitation drivers will be wearing a red stocking hat with the worlds: "#CHDSTINKS." Residents who see a Papillion sanitation trash driver with a red hat are encouraged to take a picture and send it to the Heart Heroes Facebook and/or Twitter page. Participants will be entered in to a drawing.

“Papillion Sanitation is excited to help Heart Heroes bring awareness to CHD and the community, said Kim Luick, operations manager at Waste Connections, Inc. "We can’t wait to see our drivers out and about in the red hats." Winners will be notified about their prizes the week of Feb. 15.

Heart Heroes, Inc. is a local company dedicated to providing support to children and families affected by congenital heart defects through the distribution of superhero capes, programs to offer hope and funding for CHD research. To date, Heart Heroes, Inc. has provided thousands of capes to children with CHD worldwide. On average, the company receives about 100 cape requests a week. To learn more about Heart Heroes, click here.

“We are ecstatic to be a part of this unique CHD awareness campaign. There is so little awareness around congenital heart defects, and having Papillion Sanitation help with creating awareness is truly amazing," said Kitty Burton, executive director of Heart Heroes. "Heart Heroes, Inc., is a national non-profit and many don’t realize we were founded in Omaha in 2009, having local community support is that much more impactful.”

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