Kohl's Cares® will formally present the grant at the Fourth Annual UC Davis Children's Hospital Capitol Family Fun Day on Sunday, Oct. 23, on the west steps of the State Capitol.

Posted Oct. 5, 2011

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.

The grant will expand the UC Davis Kohl's Buckle Up to Grow Up program, which provides car seats, bicycle helmets, 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."

Christy Adams © UC Regents
Injury prevention specialist Christy Adams properly secures a bicycle helmet.

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 benefiting 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 families throughout the Sacramento region.

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.

UC Davis Trauma Prevention

Most unintentional injuries and deaths — such as those that result from not using seat belts or drinking and driving — are preventable. The goal of the UC Davis Trauma Prevention Program is to identify and, as much as possible, eliminate the causes of preventable injury, including unsafe behaviors, conditions and environments.

For information about the UC Davis Kohl's Buckle Up to Grow Up safety program and Capitol Family Fun Day, visit the trauma prevention program website or Facebook page.

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 locations or to shop 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 services. 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 110-bed children's hospital includes a 49-bed, state-of-the-art neonatal intensive care unit and a 16-bed pediatric intensive care unit. With more than 120 physicians in 33 subspecialties, the 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.