Getting help with your car seat in Northeast Florida
Safe Kids Northeast Florida/THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health offers free inspections
Jacksonville, FL, July 12, 2014 – When you become a new parent, there are so many things to learn; some of the information can be quite confusing and challenging! This is especially true of picking out the right car seat for your new arrival, and then making sure it is installed correctly in your vehicle.
Children have a way of outgrowing that infant seat quickly; soon you are out looking for the next car seat and later on a booster seat for each of your children. This can be an enterprise that lasts until your children are 10-12 years old.
Fortunately for parents in the Greater Jacksonville area, Safe Kids Northeast Florida, led by THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health at Wolfson Children’s Hospital, is dedicated to helping parents and caregivers of children of all ages with any of their child passenger safety needs. Experienced, certified child passenger safety technicians conduct free car seat checks every week at the Safe Kids Buckle Up™ Inspection Station, supported locally by a grant from CSX and nationally by GM Foundation.
The seat checks are free of charge and made by appointment only. Additional community seat checks are conducted once a month at Destination Maternity at St. Johns Town Center and in Fleming Island at the Baptist Clay Medical Campus. For dates and times and to make an appointment, call 904.202.4302.
Who:Child Life staff and volunteers with Wolfson Children’s Hospital and Baptist Health will collect new, unwrapped toys, art supplies, educational items and new clothing basics at our 3rd Annual Christmas in July Toy Drive. The hospital is also hosting a Virtual Christmas in July Toy Drive and is accepting online financial donations to purchase developmentally appropriate toys for medically complex (special-needs) kids at Wolfson Children’s Hospital and for other needs for patients at Wolfson Children’s.
What:Vehicles will be pulling up and dropping off toys as the community responds to the call from Wolfson Children’s Hospital to donate new, unwrapped toys and clothing during its third annual “Christmas in July Toy Drive.” Child Life has created a downloadable (PDF) Wish List to help the community know what is most needed. People can also participate in the Christmas in July Virtual Toy Drive by making a donation online that will be used by Child Life to purchase developmentally appropriate toys for medically complex patients, and to purchase items for two groups who receive fewer gifts: infants and teens .
This year, we have including new clothing as part of Christmas in July to help meet the needs patients of all ages. They include infant onesies (preemie to 24-month size), underwear for boys and girls of all ages, yoga pants for teen girls, etc. are always a need, particularly in our Children’s Emergency Centers, Surgical Services, the Newborn Intensive Care Units, and Pediatric Intensive Care Units. We are also collecting new, laundered blankets to keep kids warm, the provide comfort, and when necessary to wrap a baby with in the event of his/her passing.
When:Friday, July 25, 2014, 7 am – 2 pm
Wolfson Children's Hospital, Rotunda (Circular Driveway)
OTHER DROP-OFF LOCATIONS:
St. Johns Town Center Park Green
Now until July 24, 2014
Local Chase Bank locations
Local Whataburger locations
RPM Automotive locations (now until July 24, 2014)
Baby Gap and Gap Kids at the St. Johns Town Center
St. Johns Town Center Administration Office
Why:Toys are needed all year long, but the hospital’s supply typically dwindles during the summer months, away from the traditional spotlight of holiday giving and year-end charitable donations. In addition to needing toys, new clothing items and new, laundered blankets also are appreciated for kids of all ages, newborns to age 18.
Background:Wolfson Children’s Hospital treats more than 65,000 children each year in the North Florida and South Georgia region, using toys and art supplies to help soothe, distract and ease the anxieties of children of all ages during treatment for illness and injuries. New, unwrapped toys collected through the Christmas in July Toy Drive will restock the hospital’s playrooms and teen room, and help hospitalized children celebrate birthdays and other special occasions throughout the year. Donated new clothing will go to patients who often need an extra change of clothes.
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