SAFE KIDS Day – Saturday, April 16 at Whittier Clinic

Hennepin County Medical Center Join Safe Kids of Hennepin County, Local Children and Families on SafeKidsDay to Take Action to Keep Kids Safe from Preventable Injuries

Safe Kids of HeBernie onlynnepin County along with the Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) Children’s Literacy Program, HCMC Whittier Clinic, Minneapolis Police Department, and community volunteers will host a family event at the HCMC Whittier Clinic located at 2810 Nicollet Ave Minneapolis, MN 55408  on Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 10:00 am- 11:30 am. 

One of the day’s events includes HCMC’s mascot, Bernie the Rescue Dog, and a few of his friends who will host an educational session about how to be safe around dogs.

Mandy Jasperson knows firsthand the importance of being aware of potential safety risks around pets — especially ones you don’t know. Her 2-year-old daughter, Chelsea, was attacked and bitten by a dog at a friend’s house in February. Chelsea continues to recover but will require additional surgery.

“It was awful,” she explains. “It was so unexpected and happened so quickly. I don’t want anyone to have to see their child get injured like this.”

Jasperson and her daughter will be attending the Safe Kids Day and will be available for interviews.

Other highlights of the Safe Kids Day event include:

  • The HCMC Children Literacy Program will be reading the book Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathman, which includes great safety messages, to the kids.
  • Kids and their families will attend several safety stations and learn about home safety, poison prevention in the laundry room (laundry packets), the safest way to ride in a car, and fire and pedestrian safety.
  • Games, prizes, free books, and lots of great information for parents and caregivers on how to keep their kids active, healthy, and safe.

“Safe Kids Day has one simple, but critical goal: working together as a community to raise awareness about preventable injuries so kids can grow up to do all the great things kids were meant to do,” says Julie Philbrook, HCMC Safe Kids of Hennepin County Chapter Director “This is a day to take action to make every kid a safe kid.”

Safe Kids Day is presented by Nationwide® and supported by Johnson & Johnson, FedEx, Chevrolet, Kidde and Tide. For more information, visit