Donations to Miller Children’s By Kohl’s Department Stores Surpasses $1 Million
2016-10-05 · By Editor
Representatives from Kohl’s Department Stores donated $146,000 to continue the Kohl’s Injury Prevention Program at Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach for another year. Since 2010, Kohl’s Cares® has donated more than $1 million to Miller Children’s. The Kohl’s Injury Prevention Program was established to expand childhood safety programs further into Miller Children’s local community to help educate children and their families on safety topics and injury prevention before hospitalization.
The Kohl’s Cares® grant helps sustain the Kohl’s Injury Prevention Program by funding coordinators who are active in community outreach and education. This year, the Kohl’s Injury Prevention Program will be utilizing the Kohl’s Cares grant to focus on the continued development of a car seat education program. Car seats are purchased for use by three programs at Miller Children’s, including the Pediatric Rehabilitation program, the BirthCare Center and the General Pediatrics unit.
Extra efforts will be made to provide safety education for parents and caregivers within the hospital and in the community. In addition to postcards with detailed instructions on proper car seat installation, the Kohl’s Injury Prevention Program will be providing additional car seat education through instructional videos and on-site classes offered throughout the year.
“Statistics show that three out of four car seats are installed incorrectly,” says Aileen Imai, injury prevention coordinator, Kohl’s Injury Prevention Program, Miller Children’s. “This year, we are really focusing on educating our families thoroughly to ensure the safety of our community’s kids.”
In addition to car seat safety, the injury prevention coordinators hand out free helmets and provide bicycle, helmet and pedestrian safety education to children and their families throughout the community. Safety education postcards also are provided on helmet, bicycle, firework and Halloween safety, among others.
Kohl’s commitment to Miller Children’s is made possible through the Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program. Through this initiative, Kohl’s sells $5 books and plush toys in local stores. One hundred percent of net profit benefits children’s health and education programs nationwide, including hospital partnerships like the one at Miller Children’s. Kohl’s has raised more than $257 million dollars through this merchandise program.