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UC Davis Children’s Hospital

NEWS | July 28, 2014

Kohl's Cares supports UC Davis Children's Hospital's trauma prevention efforts

Kohl's grants more than $285,000 for children's injury prevention

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.)

The UC Davis Injury and Trauma Prevention Program has received a grant for $285,292 from Kohl’s Cares® to support its child and adolescent injury prevention efforts in the Sacramento area. Kohl’s will formally present the donation at the UC Davis Children’s Hospital free summer concert on Thursday, Aug. 7 at 6 p.m. Since 2005, Kohl’s has donated more than $2.2 million to UC Davis Children’s Hospital to support its children’s health initiatives.

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This year’s donation will support the UC Davis Children’s Hospital Kohl’s Buckle Up to Grow Up program, which provides car seats, bicycle helmets and life jackets and safety education for children in the community. Traumatic injuries are the leading cause of death for children over 1 year old, and 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 1,437 child safety seats, 4,295 bicycle helmets and 306 life jackets to families throughout the region.

“Kohl’s Cares has been an important partner in our community outreach efforts to promote childhood safety and reduce injuries in the Sacramento region,” said Christy Adams, coordinator of the trauma prevention program. “The UC Davis Kohl’s Buckle Up to Grow Up program offers safety education by our expert staff, and our partnership with Kohl’s Cares provides free safety equipment for families in the community.”

Adams said the program’s success is due in large part to its numerous community partnerships, including family resource centers, area school districts and community centers in and throughout the Sacramento area.

"Our program is open to everyone, but has been especially helpful for low-income families who cannot afford to buy safety equipment," said Adams.

For more information about the UC Davis Kohl’s Buckle Up to Grow Up safety program, visit the trauma prevention website at http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/injuryprevention/ or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/buckleup2growup.

Kohl's commitment to UC Davis 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, with 100 percent of net profit benefiting children’s health and education programs nationwide, including hospital partnerships like this one. Kohl's has raised more than $257 million 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 2,300 young volunteers with more than $400,000 in scholarships and prizes. Through Kohl’s Associates in Action volunteer program, more than 834,000 associates have donated more than 2.7 million hours of their time since 2001, and Kohl’s has donated more than $79 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.

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 129-bed children's hospital includes the state-of-the-art 49-bed neonatal and 24-bed pediatric intensive care and pediatric cardiac 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.