Matthew's Hearts of Hope will partner with Sherman School for its third annual "Hug a Heart" Pillow Project Feb. 20 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The event had beenscheduled for Feb. 13 but was rescheduled due to inclement weather.

The project was designed to create pillows for children with congenital heart defects while they are in the hospital.

The pillows provide patients comfort and relief as well as assist them with getting rest while they are in the hospital.

This year the goal is to stuff 300 pillows to be delivered to Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital in New York.

The mascot from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers will join the volunteers at the Sherman School to cheer everyone on and First Selectman Clay Cope will present a proclamation in honor of Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week (Feb. 7-14) on behalf of the town of Sherman.

Volunteers who can assist in pre-sewing the pillow patterns, stuffing the pillows with polyfill and sewing the pillow closed are still needed.

Anyone interested in helping is asked to contact Marie Hatcher at 860-354-3551 or Martha Osborn at Nestle 860-354-9942.

Matthew's Hearts of Hope, Inc. was founded by Marie Hatcher, whose son Matthew was born with a very complicated congenital heart defect, to raise awareness that CHD's are the number one birth defect and to offer support to CHD patients and their families, as well as raise funds for research.