COLUMBIA — Parents can get child safety products for free through a new online store.
MU Children’s Hospital received a $33,887 donation from Kohl’s Department Stores to support the establishment and operation of a new online child safety store. The online store will provide free products to families including booster seats, child safety seats, bicycle helmets and flotation devices. The grant was announced Friday at a news conference.
Online Child Safety Store: muhealth.org/SafetyStore
Tim Fete, Children's Hospital medical director, said unintentional injuries are the number one cause of death of children in the United States. Fete said these injuries are highly preventable.
The online store will not only provide the preventative equipment but also will be a remarkable source of information for parents, he said.
Karen Jefferies, manager of Kohl’s in Columbia, said sales of stuffed animals and books through the store's philanthropic program, Kohl's Cares, is what made the donation possible. Kohl’s Cares has donated $105,000 to Children’s Hospital since 2006 and $150 million nationwide since 2000.
Currently, requests for the online products are being handled over the phone. Distribution of the equipment is scheduled to begin next week, but the logistics are still being worked out.
Safe Kids Columbia is helping families with proper instillation of car seats and other products available through the online store. Safe Kids Columbia is part of a worldwide network of organizations that focus on preventing accidental injuries to children.
Matt Splett, MU Health Care spokesperson, said that even though all of the products available through the online store are free, it will accept donations.