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Injury Prevention Center at Hasbro Children’s Hospital Receives Safety Grant From Toys R’ Us

5/6/2013

carseat2011The Injury Prevention Center at Hasbro Children’s Hospital (IPC) was recently awarded a $1,000 grant from Toys R’ Us to support community programming to help make local families safer on the roads. The grant was one of several awarded to all Injury Free Coalition for Kids sites, of which Hasbro Children’s Hospital is the Rhode Island representative. The grant allowed the IPC to conduct two child passenger safety events at the Dorcas International Institute in Providence.

The first event was a one-hour passenger safety course and educational event. Nearly 30 participants learned about crash statistics, Rhode Island child passenger safety laws, national pediatric car seat recommendations and tips for installing and using car seats.

The second event was a car seat inspection event during which car and booster seats were checked to ensure proper installation and that families are using the correct vehicle restraints for their children.  Thirty-one new and appropriate car seats were donated to families as part of the event, as well as instruction on how to properly use and install the seats. The car seats were provided by Babies R’ Us as part of the Toys R’ Us grant.  Babies R’ Us also donated coupons and home safety items, which were distributed to families during the event.

“Dorcas International Institute serves many new immigrant and refugee families. These families often arrive with minimal possessions and few resources, so it would be very difficult for many of these families to purchase appropriate car seats for their children,” said Dina Morrissey, MD, program coordinator for the Injury Prevention Center at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “This Toys R’ Us grant enabled us to help dozens of local families be safer on the roads.”