Im not sure how many people know of this wonderful service, but I need to blow the whistle. This is a great organization that is offering invaluable services to our community and it is WAY under-funded and under-utilized. We need to change that!
Mary Bridge Childrens Hospital in Tacoma has some really great safety programs for kids. I know if I could wrap my kids in bubble wrap for the rest of their lives to ensure they don’t get hurt I would. But I also know they would be scarred for life upon entering Jr. High. So, we as parents do the next best thing: we baby proof, provide bicycle helmets, get car seats fitted and generally do what we can to provide a safe environment for our kids to grow up in.
Mary Bridge can be a partner in that with you. Their Safe Kids program is described this way:
Safe Kids Worldwide is the first national non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of accidental childhood injuries to children under 14 years of age. Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Health Center is the proud lead agency for local Safe Kids coalitions in Pierce and King County-South. Members of local Safe Kids coalitions represent a wide variety of community organizations such as fire departments, law enforcement departments, education programs and schools, health care organizations, local health departments, human service organizations and other community members.
Just some of the programs they offer:
* Car Seat Checks: Tues 9-10:30 at the safety building 1112 S 5th Street 253-403-1417
* Bicycle Helmet Fitting/Sales
* Water Safety (Short Term LOANER Life Jackets) 253-403-1234
* Safety Education programs and presentations to schools/daycares
My family has used both the car seat checks and the loaner life jackets. The life jackets are not trendy, nor cute and they have the MultiCare/Mary Bridget information on them, but hey they work! This weekend we will be doing a lot of swimming and you know what? Rather than buy life vests for the short time we will actually wear them, Mary Bridge has loaned them to us for free! My kids are safer because of this program and for that, I thank you from the bottom of this moms heart!
If you are looking for a car seat check closer to you: Check here for a list of events!
- Safe Kids Pierce County 253-403-KIDS (event line) or visitwww.safekidspiercecounty.org
- Safe Kids King County-South 253-372-7777 or visitwww.safekidskingcountysouth.org