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Kohl's Donates over $45,000 to Mercy Injury Prevention Program

A local hospital and a retail store are joining hands to launch a new campaign to get young people to buckle up.  KSMU's Rebekah Clark has more.


Mercy Hospital Springfield is teaming up with Kohl’s to launch the campaign, called "Kohl’s Rock Your Seatbelt.”

Kohl’s donated about $45,000 to fund the campaign.  Participating schools will kick off the campaign with a "surprise seatbelt check," just to see how many students are wearing them. Then, over the next six weeks, students will lead a peer-to-peer campaign on seatbelt safety. After those six weeks, there will be another surprise seatbelt check to track improvement.

Sonya Kullman, a spokeswoman for Mercy, says the campaign is highly needed because of the statistics. 

“More than 70 percent of teens that come to the trauma center at Mercy Hospital Springfield after a car crash were not wearing their seatbelt. So they were more hurt than they needed to be, but more than 70 percent.”   

This is not the first grant Kohl’s has given to Mercy. Since 2006, Kohl’s has provided over $380,000 to Mercy's Injury Prevention Center, including funding for free child car seat inspections. 

Kohl’s raised the money by selling $5 books and plush toys, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting children’s health and education programs.

For KSMU News, I’m Rebekah Clark.