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Foundation, Health Department Share Safety Seat Program Success

Dozens of infants and children are safer, thanks to a Carteret-Craven Electric Foundation grant that has helped the Carteret Count Health Department establish a permanent child safety seat checking station and provide safety seats to families in need.

The health department was able to buy 91 age- and weight-appropriate child safety and booster seats to distribute, and the checking station allows parents and caregivers to have existing car seats checked by certified technicians at the department.

“As a grandmother, I have found that car seats today are not nearly as simple, or as safe, as they were when I was raising a child,” said Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative Communications Director Lisa. “We are pleased that our foundation can help ensure that children are safe while riding in vehicles.”

Since receiving the grant late last year, the health department has completed 68 child seat checks and donations at the health department, and nine seats were given away at community events in Harkers Island, Cape Carteret, and the Carteret County Public Library.

Health educators Trey Wright (trey.wright@carteretcountync.gov) and Stephanie Stevenson (stephanie.stevenson@carteretcountync.gov) will take the program on the road next at the National Night Out celebration on Aug. 7 at Rotary Park in Morehead City. You can contact either of the health educators for more information about the car seat program and coming events.

The Carteret-Craven Electric Foundation is supported by members of Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative who volunteer to have their monthly electric bills rounded up to the nearest dollar. The RoundUP program has provided more than $3 million since 1999 to strengthen local communities and help individuals in need.

 

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