NEWS | September 11, 2013

Kohl's Department Stores, UC Davis Children's Hospital team up for Kohl's Buckle Up to Grow Up Program

Kohl's grants more than $233,000 for children's injury prevention


The UC Davis Injury and Trauma Prevention Program has received a grant for $233,774 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 Community Concert at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept.12.

Since 2005, Kohl’s has donated more than $1.9 million to UC Davis Children’s Hospital to support its children’s health initiatives. 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 from underserved families.

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 more than 1,300 car seats, 6,100 bicycle helmets and 395 life jackets to underserved families throughout the region.

“Kohl’s Cares has been an important partner in our childhood safety community outreach” said Christy Adams, coordinator of the injury and trauma prevention program. “We know that we can reduce childhood injuries in Sacramento by educating families and providing safety equipment. 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 low-income families.”

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. For more information about the UC Davis Kohl’s Buckle Up to Grow Up safety program, visit the trauma prevention website  or on Facebook.

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 $231 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 669,000 associates have donated more than 2.2 million hours of their time since 2001, and Kohl’s has donated more than $63 million to youth-focused nonprofit organizations. Kohl’s also offers fundraising gift cards for schools and youth-serving organizations. For more information, visit 

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 1,155 stores in 49 states. In support of the communities it serves, Kohl’s has raised more than $231 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, or join the discussion on Facebook or Twitter.

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