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Baptist Easley Hospital Foundation and Safe Kids Upstate
to Provide Helmets to Area Children
[Easley, SC] - Spring has arrived and families are gearing up to enjoy the outdoors on their bikes. While inflating the tires and checking the brakes are important, wearing a helmet is essential. Thanks to a generous donation from Baptist Easley Hospital Foundation, more children in the city of Easley will receive this safety device that could save a life. Baptist Easley Foundation presented a $5,000 check to Safe Kids Upstate to provide free helmets to second graders at all five Easley elementary schools.
"With the City of Easley developing a bike-friendly community and bike paths, the Foundation wanted to make an allocation to encourage children in our community to live active healthy lifestyles, while also taking the important safety precautions," said Foundation Board member Jon Foster. "We look forward to distributing over 500 bicycle helmets to children in the fall through this effort."
Baptist Easley Foundation is partnering with Safe Kids Upstate to distribute and fit the approximately 500 children receiving a bike helmet. Safe Kids Upstate serves Pickens, Oconee and Greenville Counties, and is part of a worldwide coalition dedicated to preventing accidental injuries to children.
"Accidental injuries are still the leading cause of death and disability for children fourteen and younger and bike accidents certainly account for a number of those injuries. Last year, Safe Kids Upstate provided bike safety education to thousands of children in Pickens County. We're grateful to Baptist Easley for their contribution which allows us to fit an additional 500 children this year with the life-saving device as we educate them on the importance of staying safe while cycling," says Cortni Nations, expansion coordinator for Safe Kids Upstate.