Fourth Year of Funding Will Help Promote Key Safety Initiatives for Treasure Valley Children
Funding for the campaign, which focuses on motor vehicle, bike and water safety, is being provided by Kohl’s department store through a $74,276 grant. The grant 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.
A Kohl’s representative presented Bev Holland, administrator of St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital, with the grant at on Saturday, Sept. 17 during a car seat safety check event at Kohl’s department store in Nampa.
This is the fourth year Kohl’s has provided funding to St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital. Over that time period, Kohl’s has committed more than $216,000 to help St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital promote safety programs that benefit local children. Nationwide, Kohl’s has raised more than $180 million dollars through its merchandise programs to help with safety initiatives across the United States.
“Motor vehicle crashes, drowning and head injuries are the three leading causes of death and injury to children in Idaho,” Holland said. “Sadly, so many of these tragic events could have been avoided with the proper education and safety equipment. St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital is extremely grateful for the support of Kohl’s in our efforts to help reduce these needless tragedies in our communities.”
Funding from Kohl’s will help support a 12-month awareness, education and distribution program call “Safety in a Snap!” The goal of the program will be teach children and their parents and/or caregivers the importance of “snapping” on either a helmet when riding a bike or skateboard, chest clip or seat belt when riding in a vehicle or a life jacket during water activities. In addition to education, St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital will continue providing free helmets and car seats for families in need. In 2010, funding from Kohl’s helped provide more than 800 bicycle helmets to children in our community.
About St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital
St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital, the only children’s hospital in Idaho, treats more than 50,000 children every year, including 28,000 who visit its Pediatric Emergency Department. St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital provides expert care to critically and chronically ill infants and children. These patients are routinely referred to St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital from a multistate region for a variety of services including heart surgery, cancer treatment, orthopedics, neurological disorders, newborn intensive care, and rare infectious diseases. For more information visit www.stlukesonline.org/childrens
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.
Ken Dey served as Public Relations Coordinator at St. Luke's from 2008-2014.