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UC Davis Trauma Prevention Program receives $325,000 Kohl's donation for injury prevention

properly fitting bike helmetThe UC Davis Trauma Prevention Program has received a nearly $325,000 grant from Kohl's Cares® to support its child and adolescent injury prevention efforts in the Sacramento region. The grant will expand the UC Davis Kohl's Buckle Up to Grow Up program, which provides car seats, bicycle helmets and life jackets and safety education for children from underserved families.

The UC Davis Trauma Prevention Program has received a nearly $325,000 grant from Kohl's Cares® to support its child and adolescent injury prevention efforts in the Sacramento region.

The grant will expand the UC Davis Kohl's Buckle Up to Grow Up program, which provides car seats, bicycle helmets and life jackets and safety education for children from underserved families.

"Kohl's has been an important partner in our childhood injury prevention efforts in Sacramento" said Christy Adams, coordinator of the trauma prevention program.  "Many families are struggling to make ends meet, and buying safety equipment is often a low priority. The UC Davis Kohl's Buckle Up to Grow Up program plays an essential role in filling these childhood safety gaps in our community, and we are grateful to Kohl's for their continuing support".

The program has seen steady growth through support from the Kohl's Cares® cause merchandise program. Through this initiative, Kohl's sells $5 books and plush toys in its stores and on its website, with 100 percent of net profits benefitting children's health and education programs nationwide, including hospital partnerships like this one.

"Preventable injury is the leading cause of death and disability among children in Sacramento," Adams said.  "The majority of these injuries can be prevented with education and the proper use of safety equipment like car seats, helmets and life jackets." Last year, the UC Davis Kohl's Buckle Up to Grow Up program gave nearly 1,500 car seats, 6,150 bicycle helmets and over 1,000 life jackets to underserved families region wide.

Adams said the program's success is due in large part to its numerous community partners, including Sacramento Birth and Beyond clinics, area school districts, and community centers throughout the Sacramento region.

For more information about the UC Davis Kohl's Buckle Up to Grow Up safety program and the Capitol Family Fun Day event, visit the trauma prevention website or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/buckleup2growup 

Kohls 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.

UC Davis Children's Hospital is the Sacramento region's only nationally ranked, comprehensive hospital for children, serving infants, children, adolescents and young adults with primary, subspecialty and critical care. It includes the Central Valley's only pediatric emergency department and level I pediatric trauma center, which offers the highest level of care for critically ill children. The 118-bed children's hospital includes the state-of-the-art 49-bed neonatal and 24-bed pediatric intensive care units. With more than 120 physicians in 33 subspecialties, UC Davis Children's Hospital has more than 74,000 clinic and hospital visits and 13,000 emergency department visits each year. For more information, visit children.ucdavis.edu.