The GIANT Company, Penn State Health help hundreds of children travel safely

September 03, 2021

HERSHEY, Pa. — As part of its $1 million gift to Children’s Miracle Network at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital in 2020, The GIANT Company is celebrating the first anniversary of its community car seat safety initiative facilitated in partnership with the children’s hospital’s Pediatric Trauma and Injury Prevention Program (PTIPP).

Since September 2020, the PTIPP team has conducted or scheduled 35 car seat safety checkpoint events at GIANT store locations in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties. During these events, families can have their car seats checked for safe installation or reinstalled by a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. Families also can receive a new car seat or booster seat if needed at no cost thanks to funding from The GIANT Company. After the first year of operation, The GIANT Company has helped more than 245 children in central Pennsylvania travel more safely in their family’s vehicles.

Angela Fickes-Mountz, the car seat program coordinator, shared an impactful story from a recent safety event.

“I was in the Lebanon area, and we had a family come who had been in a car accident that totaled their car,” said Fickes-Mountz. “Every person in the car was injured except for the 3-year-old child who had his car seat installed by one of the [Pediatric Trauma and Injury Prevention team members]. This dad said he came back to thank us for the trauma that was NOT inflicted on his child during the accident.”

“We appreciate The GIANT Company’s support for numerous vital community projects to improve the health and well-being of our region,” said Deborah Berini, president of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. “This car safety initiative keeps kids safe and helps prevent serious injuries. We want them happy and home, not in the hospital. We are proud that our partnership with The GIANT Company during the last year has resulted in helping more than 245 local children to travel more safely.”

“The GIANT Company is proud to sponsor the car seat safety program as part of our work to connect families for a better future. The number of checks conducted and car seats distributed over the past year demonstrates the necessity of this program,” said Jessica Groves, community impact manager for The GIANT Company. “We’re looking forward to working with Penn State Health Children’s Hospital to bring the car seat checks to more communities this fall to help keep kids safe on the road.”

Through GIANT’s community car seat safety initiative, the PTIPP team currently hosts at least four car seat safety stations per month in rotation in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties at various GIANT store locations.

Event dates are currently scheduled through the end of October. To check dates and times or to register, visit CMNHershey.org/GIANT.

The GIANT Company has supported Children’s Miracle Network at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital for 25 years and raised nearly $14 million, making it the organization’s top fundraising partner. The company also held an in-store fundraising campaign for CMN Hospitals over the summer.

About Children’s Miracle Network at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is a nonprofit organization that has affiliations with 170 children’s hospitals, including Penn State Children’s Hospital. Gifts raised locally through Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) fund equipment, patient programs and pediatric research at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital, which is the only children’s hospital between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia fully equipped to treat the most severely ill children of central Pennsylvania. CMN’s mission to save kids’ lives and improve their quality of care is part of “A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence,” a fundraising campaign focused on three key imperatives: Open Doors, Create Transformative Experiences, and Impact the World. Learn more at greaterpennstate.psu.edu.

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Last Updated September 03, 2021