Since 2007, Swedish/Edmonds has been providing new car seats free to parents in need, but the hospital soon will be able to provide many more, thanks to Lynnwood Honda.
The car seat program typically awards 12 seats per year but will soon receive over 100 car seats donated by Lynnwood Honda. For every new Honda purchased in November, funds will be donated to purchase car seats for new families that can’t afford a safe car seat for their new baby.
“All our babies have a car seat fitting before going home,” said Joyce Miller, childbirth center manager at Swedish/Edmonds. “We sometimes see unsafe car seats with broken or missing parts or it’s so old that it does not have the recommended five-point harness. Having to purchase another car seat that will keep their baby safe can be very challenging financially to some parents.”
Correctly used child safety seats are extremely effective and reduce the risk of death as much as 71 percent. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, all infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing car safety seat until they are 2 years old or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car safety seat’s manufacturer.
Previously, the car seat program relied exclusively on generous donations from the Lynnwood Kiwanis Club to purchase car seats. Now, with help from Lynnwood Honda, the program can help more people.
“I think the car seat program at Swedish/Edmonds is a great idea and I’m glad Lynnwood Honda can help make the program even more successful,” said Wendy Popke, co-owner of Lynnwood Honda. “We’re a locally owned business celebrating our 30th anniversary and we’re always looking for ways to give back to our community. The car seats we are providing are the convertible type that adjusts from 5 to 50 pounds eliminating the need to purchase another seat after a baby is 6 months old.”
“We are so grateful for the generosity of Lynnwood Honda supporting the smallest members of our community,” said David Jaffe, interim chief administrative officer at Swedish/Edmonds. “What a great example of how local philanthropy can make such a difference with our neighbors in need.”
Earlier this year, the Childbirth Center at Swedish/Edmonds was remodeled and delivered the 60,000th baby since opening in 1964. This year, about 100 babies per month are born at the center.