Published: 06/11/2014

Safety First: Bike Helmet Giveaway Night Starts Summer Off Right

Parents and children lined up at the Lewisburg McDonald’s located next to Evangelical Community Hospital on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, to receive new bike helmets and education on how to properly fit and wear them to have a safe summer. In total, 147 Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) regulated bicycle helmets in red or blue were given away.

Organized by Evangelical Community Health & Wellness and sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Buffalo Valley AM and Kiwanis of Lewisburg, the event is held annually to emphasis the importance of bike safety and proper bike helmet use. The helmets were fitted to each child by the Evangelical Community Health and Wellness staff and were given free of charge along with pamphlets on bike safety.

This year, Ronald McDonald greeted the children and in exchange for the helmets, three full boxes of books were collected to be donated to the local food bank to be given to children in need.

Every year, about 300,000 kids go to the emergency department because of bike injuries, and at least 10,000 kids have injuries that require a few days in the hospital. One such injury is head injury, which can mean brain injury. Wearing a CPSC regulated bicycle helmet can reduce the chances of your child experiencing a head injury during a fall.

Davannah Dunn of Kreamer, has her bike helmet fitted by Ashley Geiser, Community Health Educator.

Marcus Broschart of Northumberland was just one of 147 children properly fitted for a bike helmet during the two hour event. Amy Minnier, Nurse Educator at Evangelical Community Health and Wellness (right) was one of the many staff on hand to fit helmets and give parents tips on the proper fit.

Jorja Krall of Watsontown shows off her new, red bike helmet.