Free car seats given to people in need

By WEEK Reporter

August 14, 2013 Updated Aug 14, 2013 at 10:08 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. --According to the Centers for Disease Control, injuries to children involved in a car accident can be reduced by 71 percent if they are properly restrained in a car seat.

On Tuesday, the Peoria Area Kiwanis Clubs and Children's Miracle Network partnered up to provide free car seats to families and local agencies.

The distribution at the Advanced Medical Transport building was part of the Children's Miracle Network's monthly car seat check, where families can have their safety seats checked for proper installation.

Jim Dooley, the Governor of Illinois Kiwanis, said more than 100 car seats were donated by area clubs.

"The 16 Kiwanis Clubs in the area contributed the money and we're cooperating with the Children's Miracle Network to make sure that the families that have a need and can't afford car seats get a proper car seat for them,” said Jim Dooley, Governor, Illinois Kiwanis Club.

Dooley said the Kiwanis Clubs have been a part of the program for more than 20 years.

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