(Hartford, Conn.) – The Violence and Injury
Prevention Program, an initiative of the Trauma/Surgery Department at Saint
Francis Hospital and Medical Center, has received a $25,000 grant from the SBM Charitable
Foundation (“SBMCF”) for the Kids In
Safety Seats (KISS)-CT program.
The “We’re Pulling for You” grant was
awarded by the SBMCF for children living east of the Connecticut River. With
the grant, the KISS-CT program will
host car seat clinics in Tolland and Windham counties, purchase car seats and
safety equipment for families who cannot afford them, conduct bike rodeos
(where children learn the safety rules of the road and how to properly wear a
helmet), and purchase new multi-sport helmets.
program received a similar grant last year which funded 10 KISS events in Tolland and Windham counties, reaching more than 600
people. At these events 218 car seats were inspected and 121 were replaced
through the grant funding. The program also provided more than 450 multi-sport
helmets to children last year.
“We are proud to continue to support Saint
Francis and its outreach programs that promote safety for the children in our
communities,” said Doreen Downham, Executive Director of the SBMCF. “We hope
that Saint Francis will be able to provide even more opportunities for families
to benefit from this year’s programs.”
grateful for the support of the Savings Bank of Manchester so that we can
continue to educate families about the importance of car seat safety,” said Marisol
Feliciano, Saint Francis Violence and Injury Prevention Program Coordinator. “The
leading cause of death among children in Connecticut is unintentional injury. The
largest percentage of fatalities is due to injuries children sustain in motor
vehicle crashes. We tend to call them ‘accidents,’
but this is a misnomer because they can be predicted – and prevented.
is our goal to prevent injuries by providing our shared community with the
resources, education, and advocacy that are needed to make our children safer
in motor vehicles,” she adds.
The KISS-CT program hosts car seat check-up
events throughout the year to provide education to the community on how to
properly restrain and protect children in a car. At these events, Certified Child Passenger
Safety Technicians provide free car seat safety education to families, show
them how to install the car seat, and ensure that they know how to correctly
restrain their children in the seat. If
for some reason a family cannot afford a car seat, one is provided to them,
along with a safety kit. These car seat clinics and all materials are free to
the public. A Technician works with each
family to demonstrate correct installation of the safety seat based on the
child’s age and size. KISS-CT provides families with education
and practical assistance in the installation of their child’s safety seat by
Nationally Certified Child Passenger Safety technicians who have the technical
expertise needed to protect children in motor vehicle crashes.
information about the KISS-CT program
and car safety seat workshops in your area, please call (860) 714-5477.
children rear-facing, in a back seat, for as long as possible
babies rear-facing until 2 years old AND until the highest weight
or height limit of their car seat
hold a baby in a moving car
the vehicle lap and shoulder seatbelt while seated on the booster seat.
a booster seat until a child can safely fit into the adult seatbelt at
4’9” and between 80-100 pounds
the adult seat belt fits a child, he/she needs to be in a car seat or
all children under 13 in a back seat
not buy car seats or booster seats from flea markets or yard sales. You
will not know if it has been in a crash or if all the parts are there.
sure all adults are buckled up on every ride, even in the back seat
About the SBM Charitable Foundation
Charitable Foundation, Inc. was founded in 2000 by Connecticut Bancshares,
Inc., the parent company of the former Savings Bank of Manchester. The
Foundation’s mission, perpetuating the vision of the former Bank, is committed
to bettering the lives of those who live and work predominantly east of the
Connecticut River in Hartford, Tolland and Windham Counties. Priority
categories for funding include health, human services, education, housing and
the arts. Since its inception the Foundation’s philanthropy has reached over $18
million in total grants and scholarships. The SBM
Charitable Foundation is located at 935 Main Street in downtown Manchester.
About Saint Francis Care
Francis Care is an integrated
healthcare delivery system established by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical
Center, an anchor institution in north central Connecticut since 1897. Licensed for 617 beds and 65 bassinets, it is
a major teaching hospital and the largest Catholic hospital in New
England. Other major entities of Saint
Francis Care include The Mount Sinai
Rehabilitation Hospital, the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute, the
Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut, the Saint Francis/Mount
Sinai Regional Cancer Center, the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for
Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research, and Saint
Francis HealthCare Partners. Johnson Memorial Medical Center, parent
organization of Johnson Memorial Hospital, Evergreen Health Care Center, and
Home and Community Health Services is also a Saint Francis Care Partner. Saint Francis Care’s services are supported by a
network of five major Access Centers and eight additional medical office
centers sited throughout the region. For
more information, visit www.stfranciscare.com.