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Packard Children’s Hospital and Kohl’s Department Stores Team Up for Child Safety

PALO ALTO – On Monday, October 17, Kohl’s Department Stores, in partnership with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, will host a free car seat safety event at its Redwood City location. This event is part of Kohl’s Child Safety and Outreach Program at Packard Children’s Hospital, an ongoing partnership to reduce harm to Bay Area children. Officers from the California Highway Patrol and bilingual certified technicians from Packard Children’s will inspect car seats and provide parents with information and best practices. Appointments for a car seat fitting with a certified technician at this event can be made online at or by calling (650) 736-2981.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of injury-related death among children in the United States. Child safety seats and safety belts, when installed and used correctly, can prevent injuries and save lives. Yet experts estimate that as many as four out of five car seats are still installed incorrectly.

“Improving car seat installation is an important initiative in our efforts to reduce motor vehicle related injuries,” states Nancy Sanchez, Community Relations Manager at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. “We are pleased to have such a committed partner in Kohl’s that shares our commitment to keeping Bay Area children safe.”

At the event on October 17, Kohl’s will also present Packard Children’s with a check for this year’s grant, totaling $170,759. Support from Kohl’s will enable the Child Safety and Outreach Program to continue promoting car seat, bicycle, and pedestrian safety at health fairs and community events across the South Bay and Peninsula. Since 2005, Kohl’s has donated over $725,000 to Packard Children’s to help promote the health and safety of local children.

Kohl’s commitment to Packard Children’s is made possible through the Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program. Through this initiative, Kohl’s sells $5 books and plush toys where 100 percent of net profit benefits children’s health and education programs nationwide. Kohl’s has raised over $180 million through this merchandise program. In addition to the merchandise program, Kohl’s Cares® features the Kohl’s Cares® Scholarship Program, which last year recognized more than 2,100 young volunteers with a total of $410,000 in scholarships and prizes. Through Kohl’s Associates in Action volunteer program, more than 385,000 associates have donated over 1.2 million hours of their time since 2001 and Kohl’s has donated over $35 million to youth-focused nonprofit organizations. Kohl’s also offers fundraising gift cards for schools and youth-serving organizations. For more information, visit

About Kohl’s Department Stores

Based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a family-focused, value-oriented specialty department store offering moderately priced, exclusive and national brand apparel, shoes, accessories, beauty and home products in an exciting shopping environment. With a commitment to environmental leadership, Kohl’s operates 1,097 stores in 49 states. In support of the communities it serves, Kohl’s has raised more than $180 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl’s Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit

About Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2011, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital is annually ranked as one of the nation’s best pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, and is the only San Francisco Bay Area children’s hospital with programs ranked in the U.S. News Top Ten. The 311-bed hospital is devoted to the care of children and expectant mothers, and provides pediatric and obstetric medical and surgical services in association with the Stanford University School of Medicine. Packard Children’s offers patients locally, regionally and nationally a full range of health-care programs and services, from preventive and routine care to the diagnosis and treatment of serious illness and injury. For more information, visit