GFWC Arizona President’s Special Project: Advocates for Children Project
Child Safety: Car Safety Seat Occupant Identification Program
GFWC Arizona Volunteer Organization Distributes Child Car Safety Seat Identification Packets
Today many children do not ride in automobiles with their parents or guardians. They travel with grandparents, babysitters, or other caregivers. One such caregiver, a day care worker in Virginia, who transported children in her vehicle, started the program. She realized that if she was in an accident and was incapacitated, emergency workers would have no way of identifying the children in their car safety seats. Therefore, the W.H.A.L.E. Program was born.
In May 2015, GFWC Arizona member clubs,with 1100 members statewide, have been participating in the distribution of the W.H.A.L.E™ Identification Child Car Safety Seat Occupant Identification Program in their local communities throughout the State of Arizona. Approximately 6000 identification kits have been distributed. Funding for the program have been made possible through funds raised and donated by clubs and individual members.
The W.H.A.L.E™ Child Car Safety Seat Occupant Identification kits is being distributed, free of charge, to families with small children. Children who are under the age of 8 or 4’9” or shorter are required by Arizona Car Seat Laws to be properly secured in a child restraint system. Recipients or distribution locations may include the following: hospital’s birthing areas, day care facilities, pre-schools and elementary schools, pediatricians’ and dentists’ offices, community safety fairs, children’s or department stores selling car seats, car dealerships, Chamber of Commerce, Realtor’s office (for new families to the area), volunteer and emergency medical services, law enforcement, DPS, child car seat inspection events, and other groups, locations or places that serve and offer services to young children.
It is important for the success of the program that local agencies, such as the police force, fire department and emergency personnel, have an understanding of the program and are informed to look for the information that may be available to assist them in an emergency situation. We welcome their support of this program.
GFWC Arizona is seeking the support of other non-profits, organizations, corporations, business and community members and individuals who would like to partner with us to financially support the funding of the kits or who would like assist in the distribution of the kits. If you or know of anyone or organization that may like to participate in this project, please contact Penny Peterson, GFWC AZ President,firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations may be made out to GFWC Arizona in care of Penny Peterson. ***GFWC Arizona is a 501c3 Charitable Organization (EIN 86-6052939).
If your company or organization wish to start your own W.H.A.L.E™ program, we will be glad to give you the necessary information to implement the program.
Content of the W.H.A.L.E™ Kit:
The packet consists of the following;
- A 4.75 x 3.75 car seat information sticker
- Two W.H.A.L.E™ stickers for each side of the car seat
- Two W.H.A.L.E™ vehicle stickers for the rear side car windows
The car seat sticker, which is attached to the back side of the car seat/car seat base, provides important information about the child in the car seat, such as: name, date of birth, medical history and who to contact in the event of an auto accident. Attaching the identification sticker to the back of the seat ensures the privacy of personal facts by making it not visible from outside the vehicle. Two of the stickers are attached to the sides of the safety seat, and two vehicle stickers attached to the rear side windows of the vehicle to alert rescuers that the child seat occupant participates in the program. In the event the adult in the vehicle is incapacitated, the identification sticker has emergency contact information, which provides valuable information about a child to rescue workers.
You may request a W.H.A.L.E.™ Kit by contacting us at GFWC-AZ@cox.net.