Several South GA health departments receive car seat grant
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -
Health departments in Ben Hill, Lowndes, Echols, Tift and Irwin Counties all received car seats through the grant.
"We receive car seats that we can hand out in our community to people who are in need," said Courtney Sheeley, Lowndes County Health Department's Public Information Officer. "We have been receiving this grant for several years now, but we have seen it be so successful that we continued applying for it in our area."
Sheeley is also a mother who wants to protect her kids..
"As a mother of two, I realize how important it is for our children to be buckled up and, you know, to be extremely safe. Because while you may be an extremely safe driver, the person beside you may not be," Sheeley said.
While the health departments are glad to be helping keep children safer in cars, the grant loses its value if the car seats aren't installed properly.
Something Valdosta Fire Department officials want people to be aware of.
"To install a car seat properly, you need to look at the manufacturer of your vehicle," pointed out Sgt. Chris Staples, Public Safety Educator with the Valdosta Fire Department.
"Instruction booklet; look at the car seat booklet so you know where to position your seat and where they shouldn't be positioned," Staples continued.
Even though the grant may be a mini-grant, it can be a big factor in saving lives.