Hamstead, Williams & Shook: ‘Buckle Your Baby For Life’ program to be part of annual ‘Baby & Me Day’
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. –
Feb. 11, 2015
Since 2005, hundreds of north central West Virginia children have been able to travel safely as part of Hamstead, Williams & Shook’s “Buckle Your Baby For Life” program, a nonprofit organization that purchases and distributes car seats to needy families.
On March 7, representatives of the law firm will participate in “Baby & Me Day” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Meadowbrook Mall in Bridgeport, Harrison County. During that time, the organization will distribute prizes and provide information about services that can help families.
Buckle Your Baby for Life is run in conjunction with HAPI — “Helping Appalachian Parents and Infants” — a federally funded Healthy Start Project administered through the West Virginia University, School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
As part of the Buckle Your Baby For Life program, HAPI works with families to ensure car seat distribution through a fair, thorough screening process. To be eligible for a free car seat through the program, families must have exhausted other resources. Once approved, staff members at HAPI can help parents install the car seats properly if needed.
State and national statistics show that passengers who are not properly buckled-up are at a much greater risk of serious injury or death in a vehicle crash. The risk of serious injury is particularly significant for infants and young children. Additionally, West Virginia law requires that children under a certain age be properly secured in safety seat while riding in a passenger vehicle.
Families may be eligible for assistance with a child safety seat if they live in Monongalia, Marion, Preston, Taylor, Harrison, Upshur, Randolph or Barbour counties.
If you have a child in need of a car seat, cannot afford to buy one, and have explored all other options for obtaining a car seat, visit wvalaw.com and click on the Buckle Your Baby For Life link for more information on eligibility requirements.