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Free bicycle helmets and fitting offered during Kohl's Safety Store event, Sept. 23

University of Missouri Children’s Hospital and Kohl’s Department Stores are teaming up for a free bicycle helmet giveaway and fitting event from 9 to 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 23, at MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital, 404 Keene Street in Columbia.

The first 30 children 14 years and younger attending the event will receive a free bicycle helmet and fitting. Once the free helmets have been given away, the free fitting event will continue for any parents who want to have their child properly fitted for a bicycle helmet. Trained safety experts will demonstrate bicycle safety for kids through video presentations, helmet checks and educational materials. The safety experts will also be available to answer questions from parents about bicycle safety.

The free helmets are provided thanks to Kohl’s annual support of the Kohl’s Safety Store (www.muhealth.org/SafetyStore) at MU Children’s Hospital. The online store provides car seats, bicycle helmets and additional safety items to needy families in 10 mid-Missouri counties.

Kohl’s is renewing its support of the Kohl’s Safety Store with a $41,789 donation to MU Children’s Hospital. Representatives from both organizations will be at Women’s and Children’s Hospital for a check presentation kicking off the bicycle safety event beginning at 9 a.m. on Sept. 23.

The donation marks the second significant gift from Kohl’s to establish and sustain the Kohl’s Safety Store at MU Children’s Hospital. In March, Kohl’s representatives donated $33,887 to MU Children’s Hospital.

“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, M.D., medical director of Children’s Hospital, chair of the MU School of Medicine’s Department of Child Health and Children’s Miracle Network Professor in Pediatrics. “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.”

The Kohl’s Safety Store features a website (www.muhealth.org/SafetyStore) where mid-Missouri families can go online to view child safety items available. The website also features instructions on how to order items.

 Among the items available at the Kohl’s Safety Store are booster and high-back booster seats, child safety seats, bicycle helmets, personal flotation devices and reflective devices that allow children to be seen by motorists in the dark.

The Kohl’s Safety Store is designed to assist needy families, who would not have the financial means to purchase these items without the assistance of the Safety Store. Families seeking assistance from the online store must live in one of the following 10 mid-Missouri counties to qualify for the safety items: Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Cole, Cooper, Howard, Miller, Moniteau, Morgan or Randolph.

University of Missouri Health Care’s injury prevention program works to educate children and families on safety and preventing childhood injuries and death. The program has benefited from the generosity of Kohl’s. Since 2006, Kohl’s has donated $146,701 to Children’s Hospital through the Kohl’s Cares program. The program uses profits from the sale of special merchandise in mid-Missouri Kohl’s stores to fund programs for children’s health and education.

Kohl’s commitment to MU Children’s Hospital is made possible through the Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program. Through this initiative, Kohl’s sells $5 books and plush toys where 100 percent of net profit benefits children’s health and education programs nationwide, including hospital partnerships like this one. Kohl’s has raised more than $180 million dollars through this merchandise program. In addition to the merchandise program, Kohl’s Cares® features the Kohl’s Cares® Scholarship Program, which last year recognized more than 2,100 young volunteers with a total of $410,000 in scholarships and prizes. Through Kohl’s Associates in Action volunteer program, more than 385,000 associates have donated more than 1.2 million hours of their time since 2001 and Kohl’s has donated more than $35 million to youth-focused nonprofit organizations.

Kohl’s also offers fundraising gift cards for schools and youth-serving organizations. For more information, visit www.Kohls.com/Cares. Based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Kohl’s is a family-focused, value-oriented specialty department store offering moderately priced, exclusive and national brand apparel, shoes, accessories, beauty and home products in an exciting shopping environment. With a commitment to environmental leadership, Kohl’s operates 1,097 stores in 49 states. In support of the communities it serves, Kohl’s has raised more than $180 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl’s Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit www.Kohls.com.

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