Safe Kids Dalton recently received a $3,000 donation, along with 140 car seats, from Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Safe Kids Atlanta through the UPS Foundation to assist with the agency's efforts to keep kids safe on the streets of Dalton and Whitfield County. The Dalton Police Department is a partner of Safe Kids Dalton.
The donation helped Safe Kids hold a car seat safety event earlier this month at the K-mart on Walnut Avenue. At the event, Safe Kids inspected 81 car seats, removed 38 seats, and distributed 57 new seats.
Safe Kids Dalton Coordinator Retta Gavin said, “there is no way we could have done this without the support of all agencies; the Dalton Chapter American Red Cross, Georgia State Patrol, Dalton Police Department, Dalton Fire and Whitfield County Fire Departments, Hamilton Medical Center, EMA, Whitfield County Sheriff's Department, Murray Medical and Mohawk Industries. This is a way we can put seats into the hands of those that otherwise cannot afford them.”
“This is truly an honor for Safe Kids Georgia to infuse new funds in an economically challenged community to educate parents and children on injury prevention,” said Director Beverly Losman. "It is also great that our life-saving work has been recognized by UPS a company that prides itself on safety."
Also assisting in the recent car seat check were the Walnut Avenue Chick-fil- A, and the Walnut Avenue K-mart, which hosted the event in its parking lot and offered car seats at a reduced rate.Wanda Hulsey, Assistant Store Manager said, “it was great to be able to keep the kids safe. We are grateful for the purchase of the seats.”
The Dalton/Whitfield chapter of the American Red Cross also assisted with the event. "Itis a great marriage with Safe Kids," said Chapter President Lane Ashworth. "Uniform involvement with technicians and volunteers comprise the essence of the Dalton community.”
Safe Kids Dalton is a not-for-profit organization made up of police officers, sheriff’s deputies, city & county firefighters, healthcare providers, social workers, business people, and concerned individuals with the sole mission to prevent injury and death to children in car accidents.
Below: Members of public safety agencies in the Dalton metro area pose with Safe Kids representatives for a picture at a recent car seat safety event at the Walnut Avenue K-Mart; Dalton Police Officers Steve Zahn and Shaun Scott inspect a car seat (click images for a larger version).