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Feb 15 - The USAA Foundation Donates $40,000 To Keep Kids Safe

For Immediate Release

February 15, 2007

Research has shown that child passenger safety seats save lives. Each year in the U.S. more than 600 children under the age of five die in auto crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Institute projects that child safety seats could prevent 70 percent of those deaths.

Thanks to a $40,000 grant today from The USAA Foundation, Memorial Health System and Peak Vista Community Health Centers will be able to provide child passenger safety seats to families in need. The contribution will be split equally between the two agencies. This partnership ensures as many families as possible have proper safety seats for their children.

“This money helps us ensure that as many as 800 local children will be traveling in safety seats who might otherwise not have them,” said Kelly Jones, injury prevention specialist with Memorial Hospital Central’s Trauma Department. “We were recently able to provide car seats to a family who lost everything in the recent Caste West apartment fire. This donation from the USAA Foundation will allow us to continue to help families, such as these, who are in need.”

“The safest place for a child to be is in a car seat,” said Ken Pippus, M.D., director of pediatric trauma at Memorial Hospital for Children. “A child who is properly secured in a car seat may suffer some minor bruises if the vehicle is involved in a crash. If that child is not restrained, their injuries will be much more serious.”

In the past two years, thanks in part to the USAA Foundation contributions, more than 1,000 child safety and booster seats have been provided to families in the Pikes Peak Region by Memorial Health System and Peak Vista Community Health Centers.