On Saturday, September 29th, Valley Children’s Hospital, and Safe Kids Central California collaborated together to host the 5th Annual Seat Check Saturday.
Representatives from the Kiwanis Cal-Nev-Ha Foundation were on hand to present the hospital with a grant in the amount of $24,168.75.
This grant – made possible by the generosity of our donors – was used to purchase 250 child safety seats and 500 helmets to distribute during Seat Check Saturday, as well as at additional community events throughout the year.
The event is designed as an opportunity for families throughout Fresno and Madera Counties to have their current child restraint systems checked and allows low-income families to receive a free child safety seat if their child is in need.
According to Kristina Pasma, Trauma Nurse Liasion at Valley Children’s Hospital, “Motor vehicle collisions remain one of the top mechanisms of injury within the trauma registry at Valley Children’s Hospital and injury prevention efforts are continual towards reducing the number of children injured or killed.”
Volunteers noted of the 82 seats checked that day, 78 of the seats were used incorrectly and two children arrived completely unrestrained!
As part of their annual Seat Check Saturday event, 60 of the Kiwanis-funded seats were distributed during the event.
According to Pasma, “Every single family was extremely grateful for the seats they received and the education. Many of them were tearful. The poverty level in Central California is very high so many of these families are struggling just to put food on the table. If you can’t purchase food, you aren’t likely to purchase car seats. It’s not that they don’t care about their children but they have to cover the most basic need first.”
Pasma states, “I have to tell you I just love Kiwanians. It is my constant reminder that there are ‘good’ people in this world.”
If you’ve ever wondered why we do what we do as Kiwanians, this . . . This is why we do what we do.