AUSTIN, Texas – (Oct. 19, 2012) – Last year, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas treated 125 children injured in motor vehicle collisions. One out of four injuries was due to lack of or improper use of car restraints. Yet, even a free booster seat won’t prevent an injury if not used properly.
The Kohl’s Cares® Booster Buddies Program at Dell Children’s, with the help of a $131,904 grant from Kohl’s Department Store, is helping reduce these preventable injuries and keep young children safe. In the last decade, Kohl’s has donated more than $1 million to support the Dell Children’s injury prevention program, which provides community and classroom education as well as free booster seats to Central Texas children.
“It’s important for families to understand the benefits of booster seats and the proper way to use them to prevent injury to their children,” said Tareka Wheeler, injury prevention coordinator at Dell Children’s Medical Center.
In 2009, Texas passed a law requiring booster seats for children who have outgrown car seats, but are under 8 years old, unless they have reached 4 feet 9 inches in height.
Through the Kohl’s Cares Booster Buddies Program, Dell Children’s has helped provide families access to 3,000 free booster seats and has educated 2,500 elementary school students in underserved neighborhoods. This year the program hopes to help another 2,000 families.
“Community organizations like Kohl’s Cares help provide us the support we need to save the lives of thousands of Central Texas children every year,” added Wheeler.