Vermont Children's Hospital and Kohl's Team Up to Support Bike Safety for Kids

Vermont Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen and Kohl’s Department Store celebrated their ongoing Kohl’s Keeps Kids Safe partnership at University Mall’s well-attended Halloween party, with giveaways, bike safety information, and a formal check presentation. 

This event gives families a safe way to celebrate this holiday, which annually has a high number of childhood pedestrian injuries. 

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Gerry Wheeler, store manager of Kohl’s South Burlington store, was on hand to present a check for $28,834 to representatives from Vermont Children’s Hospital including chief of pediatrics Dr. Lewis First, Monty the Moose, Injury Prevention Coordinator Stacy Jordan and representatives from Local Motion’s Bike Smart Program.

Since 2005, Kohl’s Cares has donated $145,281 to the Vermont Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen for a variety of initiatives, including: ski helmet safety (PHAT Protect your Head at All Times), bike helmet distribution to schools, car seats and ATV safety programming.

During the 2011/2012 school year, Kohl’s Cares funding will support Bike Smart, a  bike skills training program managed by Local Motion, a Burlington non-profit promoting safe biking, walking, running, and skating.  These monies will help up to ten grade schools in Vermont participate in the program.  The program will loan each school the Bike Smart bike trailer full of bikes, helmets and other equipment for a period of 1-2 weeks, with a goal of providing a total of 500 students with bike safety skills during gym classes or after-school programs.     

In June 2012, the Kohl’s Keeps Kids Safe team is planning another child safety event at University Mall, including car seat inspections, bike helmet fittings, ATV safety demonstrations, and other fun activities.  More details to follow. 

About Fletcher Allen

Fletcher Allen Health Care, together with our partners at the University Of Vermont College Of Medicine and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, is Vermont’s academic medical center.  Our mission is to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve by integrating patient care, education and research in a caring environment.  Fletcher Allen serves as a regional referral center -- providing advanced care to approximately one million people in Vermont and northern New York -- and as a community hospital for approximately 150,000 residents in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties. For more information about Fletcher Allen, find us online at http://www.fletcherallen.org or on our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and blog sites at www.fletcherallen.org/socialmedia.

About Kohl’s Cares

Kohl's commitment to Vermont Children’s Hospital is made possible through the Kohl's Cares® cause merchandise program. Through this initiative, Kohl’s sells $5 books and plush toys where 100 percent of net profit benefits children’s health and education programs nationwide, including hospital partnerships like this one. Kohl's has raised more than $180 million dollars through this merchandise program.

In addition to the merchandise program, Kohl's Cares® features the Kohl's Cares® Scholarship Program, which last year recognized more than 2,100 young volunteers with a total of $410,000 in scholarships and prizes. Through Kohl’s Associates in Action volunteer program, more than 385,000 associates have donated more than 1.2 million hours of their time since 2001 and Kohl’s has donated more than $35 million to youth-focused nonprofit organizations. Kohl’s also offers fundraising gift cards for schools and youth-serving organizations. For more information, visit www.Kohls.com/Cares.

About Kohl’s Department Stores

Based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a family-focused, value-oriented specialty department store offering moderately priced, exclusive and national brand apparel, shoes, accessories, beauty and home products in an exciting shopping environment. With a commitment to environmental leadership, Kohl’s operates 1,097 stores in 49 states. In support of the communities it serves, Kohl’s has raised more than $180 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl's Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl's Department Stores, Inc. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit www.Kohls.com.