Children's Hospital, Kohl's organize bike safety event for kids

Saturday, September 17, 2011 | 3:29 p.m. CDT; updated 6:42 p.m. CDT, Saturday, September 17, 2011

COLUMBIA — A free bicycle helmet giveaway and fitting event, jointly organized by the Children’s Hospital and Kohl’s department stores, will take place at 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at the MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

The first 30 children 14 years old or younger who attend the event will receive a free bicycle helmet and fitting. After those helmets have been given away, other children will still be able to receive a free fitting. Trained safety experts will demonstrate bicycle safety for kids through video presentations, helmet checks and other educational materials. Parents can also raise their questions and concerns to the experts during the event.

Kohl’s Safety Store is meant to help mid-Missouri families that can't afford items like booster seats, reflective material and bike helmets. Families in 10 mid-Missouri counties, including Boone, are qualified to seek assistance from the store.

Recently, Kohl's donated $41,789 to MU Children’s Hospital, which is its second donation since March, when it gave $33,887.

“We are grateful for Kohl’s continued support of MU Children’s Hospital and our efforts to prevent unintentional injuries in mid-Missouri children,” said Timothy Fete, Children’s Hospital medical director, in a news release. “The Kohl’s Safety Store is a wonderful resource for needy families to receive life-saving safety equipment. We encourage anyone in need of these resources to contact MU Children’s Hospital.”

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